Posted by: Trudy Prevost | July 14, 2013

Yoga is “Cost Effective”

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I love to keep up on the latest studies of yoga; it is thrilling for me to see all those poses I studied the benefits of be scientifically proven to have the same effects the ancients talked about.

But the most recent studies are looking at yoga from another view point I like. Yoga is not only therapeutically effective it is also cost effective and accessible to all. We don’t need special equipment or clothes and we can take the practice absolutely any where we are. With a well trained teacher it is accessible to all levels of fitness and there are few if any detrimental side effects. One of the goals is to take our practice home and into our daily life which makes the treatment more effective and sustainable. The two studies below show researchers agree!

In 2012 researchers from the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences and the Centre for Health Economics, and the Hull York Medical School found that specialised group yoga classes could provide a cost-effective way of treating patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain. This study funded by Arthritis Research UK, provides an evaluation of a specially-developed 12-week group yoga intervention programme compared to conventional general practitioner (GP) care alone. The results published in Spine, show that the yoga intervention programme – ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ – is likely to be cost effective for both the UK National Health Service (NHS) and wider society.

Researchers also found that those taking part in the yoga programme had far fewer days off work than those in the control group. On average, a control group participant reported 3X the days off due to back pain, as those in the yoga group.

The trial involved two groups of people who were identified as having chronic or recurrent back pain. A group of 156 people were offered group yoga classes specially designed to improve back function along with GP care, while a second control group of 157 people received GP care alone.

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