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Being active may reduce risk of chronic low back pain

CALIFORNIA: Regularly engaging in physical activity, from walking to intense exercise, may help to reduce the risk of chronic low back pain by as much as 16 percent, according to a new review of previous studies. In the past, it hasn’t been clear whether physical activity staves off low back pain, or people without back pain are more likely to be active, the researchers write in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. To help determine which comes first, the review team analyzed data from 36 studies that followed nearly…

Yoga as good for low back pain as physical therapy

BOSTON: Chronic lower back pain is equally likely to improve with yoga classes as with physical therapy, according to a new study. Twelve weeks of yoga lessened pain and improved function in people with low back pain as much as physical therapy sessions over the same period. "Both yoga and physical therapy are excellent non-drug approaches for low back pain," said lead author Dr. Robert Saper, of Boston Medical Center. About 10 percent of U.S. adults experience low back pain, but not many are happy with the…