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What does yoga do for the body?

While yoga may be good for overall back function, depending on the individual and the severity of the problem, it’s important to note that yoga may not always alleviate the pain. Yoga classes were shown to be more beneficial than self care exercises or home videos. Performing yoga poses at home without the supervision of an instructor may prove to be a risky business if the poses are not done correctly.

Recent studies have shown that yoga combined with stretching can be a good, safe option for people who are willing to try physical activity to relieve moderate low back pain. Classes should be designed with a beginner in mind and taught by instructors that are able to modify postures for individual needs and or limitations. Before starting a new fitness regimen or class, please remember to contact your doctor or physiotherapist first to minimize risk of injury.

References from the SIRC Collection:

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