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Yoga is no longer what mothers who stay at home do while waiting for their child's school day to end. The ancient Indian exercises were found to have a number of benefits for everyone, including bodybuilders, ranging from better mental health to an improved immune system.
And now yoga has another advantage: it can help you get rid of your throbbing back pain.
A review published in Holistic Nursing Practice magazine found that people who practiced long-term yoga experienced dramatically less back pain and stopped using pain relievers to deal with pain. The benefits have been found in people with single back pain for the chronically ill.
Tai Chi and Qigong (a kind of martial arts exercise) also had advantages, although not as pronounced as yoga.
The researchers believe the results could lead doctors to prescribe back pain instead of addictive pain relievers and opiates.
"Our review provides new evidence that exercise-based interventions in the body can benefit veterans and others with chronic low back pain," said Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello, co-author of the review, in a press release.
Back pain is more than just a nuisance – it can lead to reduced mobility, which can affect people's lives and work. The studies that the researchers examined found that people who started yoga to treat back pain stuck to it. There was only one case in which a person continued to be injured (although it is not known whether this is due to yoga or external factors).
If that's not enough to sell you, keep in mind that six-time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates started training and said it changed his life. Wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page has also opened his own yoga business, transforming many, from helping a man lose more than £ 100 to helping a disabled veteran brave the odds and go back on his own goes.
So roll out the mats and get started.