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‘A Pragmatic Multi-centred Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain: Economic Evaluation’ Chuang LH, Soares MO, Tilbrook H, Cox H, Hewitt CE, Aplin J, Semlyen A, Trewhela A, Watt I, Torgerson DJ. ‘Spine’ Journal 15th August 2012 (Abstract published 16th March 2012)

‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme would be likely to be a cost-effective treatment option for the UK NHS. Furthermore, this evaluation shows that it would be of great value to the economy and society - it was shown to be a dominant treatment. Over the 12 months studied, those in the yoga group had on average only 3.83 days off work compared to 12.29 in the non-yoga group. ’Conclusion. Based on this trial 12 weekly group classes of specialised yoga is likely to be a cost-effective intervention for treating patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain.’ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22433499.

Link to University of York and Arthritis Research UK’s Press Statement (Aug 16th 2012) here http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/news/press-releases/2012/august/yoga-a-cost-effective-treatment-for-back-pain-sufferers.aspx

NEW Link below to Backcare UK charity’s Talkback magazine featuring ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ (Page 14) http://issuu.com/backcare/docs/talkback_winter_2012-13?mode=window&pageNumber=1

Research conducted in the UK by York Trials Unit.

Research funded by Arthtitis Research UK- 'Providing answers today and tomorrow'.

The University of York- Department of Health Sciences.

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