Research-Proven Yoga

Research-Proven Yoga


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).

Click here to visit the ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’ – American College of Physicians website for full research results paper.

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.


‘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.’

Cost-Effectiveness Press Release Link to The University of York and Arthritis Research UK’s Press Statement (Aug 16th 2012) here

Link to Backcare UK charity’s Talkback magazine featuring ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ (Page 14)

 Yoga is now recommended as a first step to managing low back pain. This social enterprise website’s research project contributed significantly to the body of evidence and the distinct evidence-based 12-week ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ specialised course used in this research is available throughout the UK.