Never miss a great news story!
Get instant notifications from Economic Times
AllowNot now

You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.
Stock Analysis, IPO, Mutual Funds, Bonds & More

Ditch the pill, yoga and meditation can heal backache

Sessions of mindfulness can be more effective than popping an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Jan 15, 2019, 04.02 PM IST
Getty Images
WASHINGTON D.C. [USA]: Can meditation and yoga banish back pain? This belief might be just as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy - a common technique involving relaxation and education. In fact, both could be more effective than popping an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Researchers at the Group Health Research Institute compared the two approaches in 229 adults between ages 20 and 70 with long-term low back pain.

The findings of the study are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

International Yoga Day: Asanas For Women To Stay Youthful, Happy And Healthy

of 7
Play Slideshow

For A Healthy You!

21 Jun, 2018
As women venture into new terrains, also performing duties in their traditional mould, striking a balance is important to stay healthy. Yoga can help them in a big way to achieve this. Akshar Nath, Chairman of Akshar Yoga, shares a few dynamic asanas for maintaining a youthful, happy and a healthy body for women across all ages. NOTE: While every woman irrespective of her age can perform all these asanas, women with fluctuating blood pressure or those under medical surveillance are not advised to do these. Also read: Pranayama - use the power of your breath to stay healthy

In the study, researchers assigned half of the volunteers to receive eight, weekly sessions of mindfulness-based stress reduction, involving meditation and yoga, and the other half to receive eight sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy, which focused on helping people change the way they think about pain.

Another 113 adults continued their usual care, which often involved ibuprofen and other pain meds.

By the end of the eight week course, the researchers found that 47 per cent of people in the mindfulness group said their back pain was less disabling. A similar number of people, 52 per cent, in the cognitive behavioural therapy group reported less disabling pain. Both groups fared better than the group that did not change treatment, of whom only 35 per cent had experienced improvements.

International Yoga Day: Here are some asanas to rejuvenate you in 15 minutes

of 10
Play Slideshow

The Yoga Way

21 Jun, 2017
As the world celebrates the 3rd International Yoga Day, more people with each passing day are learning how to practice these ancient disciplines and embrace a healthier life. Is taking time out from busy schedule a problem? Not anymore!

"Our results confirm what has already been found for (cognitive behavioural therapy), and we went beyond that to show this other mindfulness approach was equally effective for chronic back pain," Daniel C. Cherkin, lead author of the study said.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is also recommended for patients with severe back and joint pains.
Want stories like this in your inbox? Sign up for the daily ET Panache newsletter.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Also Read

Rahul on 'meditational visit' abroad, will return soon, says Congress

When not reading Sudha Murty's books, Savitha Kuttan meditates on flights

Making too many errors at work? Few hours of meditation can help mitigate mistakes

True Balance CEO says while golf is 'almost meditative', chess helps him de-stress

No meals, mails, only movies and meditation for Abans Group boss mid-air

Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.
Download The Economic Times Business News App for the Latest News in Business, Sensex, Stock Market Updates & More.

Other useful Links

Follow us on

Download et app

Copyright © 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service