Yoga As A Complementary Health Approach
Yoga is one of the top complementary health approaches
- More than 13 million adults in the US practiced in the previous year.
- Yoga use increased from 5.1% to 6.1% between 2001 and 2007.
Why people practice yoga?
- Why people practice yoga?: 1) 10.5% for musculoskeletal conditions; 2) 16% to treat medical conditions; 3) Back pain is the number one reason people use complementary health practices; 4) 50% to maintain health and well-being;
5) Of those that used yoga for specific conditions: 22% said their doctor recommended it.
Yoga's impact on low-back pain
- Back pain is the number one reason people use complementary health practices. Studies found people practicing yoga who experience low-back pain had: 1) Significantly less disability, pain, and depression after 6 months than patients in
standard care; 2) More pain relief than from a self-care book; 3) Better function than usual medical care.
Practice yoga safely
- Follow these tips to minimize your risk of injury: 1) Talk to your care provider; 2) find a trained and experienced yoga practitioner; 3) Adapt poses to your individual needs and abilities.
September 2013 | To learn more, visit nccam.nih.gov | Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhhs/data/nhsr/nhsr012.pdf; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2533368; http://www.thelancet.com/themed/global-burden-of-
disease; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1970112; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22025101; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22041945.