Evidence-Based Yoga Taken to a New Level
yogaforbacks.co.uk is an educational social enterprise website, promoting
the ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme,
proven effective for chronic low back pain by The University of York (Department of Health Sciences) research.
Results of this randomized controlled trial research generously funded by Arthritis Research UK have been published in top journals. At the time of the research (2007-2010) this was the world’s largest ever scientific yoga research study and it is certainly one of the most significant cited in many research reviews and papers.
The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Institute
The Institute trains and supports already-qualified and experienced yoga teachers from many schools and methods of yoga in how to deliver the ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs 12-week course’ whilst uniquely keeping to the strong evidence-base. It maintains the ‘YHLB Register’ of its trained teachers and offers CPD. View the Institute’s page (see right-hand Menu)
This project is for sharing. Some of the educational resources used in the research are available below – Book and CD.
|Click here for details about the CD||Click here for details about the Book|
“The CD is like magic – feels as if I’m stuffed full of painkillers. I’m looking forward to beginning my 12-week course.” “Before I felt I was on a depressing, downward spiral of degeneration, but … [Read More...]
“This evidence-based yoga programme could (or should!) be the way forward for back pain treatment. It is affordable, empowers patients and offers long-term benefits to society.” On this website … [Read More...]
“This book contains so much – I now know how much more there is to learn.” “I will recommend other teachers attend your training course, as this is so good for yoga and allows people with back… [Read More...]
“Having this toolkit of extra yoga skills and knowledge up my sleeve has revolutionised my yoga practice and my life.” “OF COURSE, after 12 months of practising the sequences, I no longer have back … [Read More...]
1. EFFECTIVE AND SAFE EVIDENCE-BASED YOGA PROGRAMME – ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’
‘Yoga for chronic low back pain: A randomized trial’, Helen E Tilbrook, Helen Cox, Catherine E Hewitt, Ling-Hsiang Chuang, Shalmini Jayakody, Arthur Ricky Kang’ombe, John D Aplin, Anna Semlyen, Alison Trewhela, Ian Watt, David J Torgerson Published by a leading international US journal ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’ (Nov. 2011; Vol 15 No 9; 569-578).
This UK RCT research with 313 participants found that specialist group yoga classes led by multiple trained yoga teachers in various UK locations gave significant benefits to those with non-specific chronic and recurring low back pain. Benefits were maintained 12 months after beginning the 12-class ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ course and participants practised yoga at home. The fully-resourced course is designed for beginners to yoga. Physicians and clinicians should feel comfortable referring those with a history of low back pain to this evidence-based safe and effective treatment option. This is the largest research trial on yoga to date, worldwide.
2. COST-EFFECTIVE ‘WITHIN NHS AND NON-NHS SETTING’
‘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.
Cost-Effectiveness Press Release Link to The 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
Link 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
The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Institute
The Institute trains and supports already-qualified and experienced yoga teachers from many schools and methods of yoga in how to deliver the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs 12-week course whilst uniquely keeping to the strong evidence-base. It maintains the ‘YHLB Register’ of its trained teachers and offers CPD. View the Institute’s page (see right-hand Menu)