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We are amongst the top national experts on yoga and low back pain and evidence-based yoga, so please get in touch, if you want our opinion.
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Where YHLB has been featured:
The Guardian, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Telegraph, Daily Express, Mirror, Saga Magazine, Om Magazine, Spectrum Magazine, BBC online, Glamour Magazine, Red Magazine. Women and Health, CNHC online news, AMRA online news, Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis) online news, Synovium health professional newsletter, Arthritis Today, Backcare’s Talkback Magazine, ITV’s ‘Tonight’ programme (Back Pain – Britain’s Unseen Crisis, 28 Feb 2019), plus many more.
The specialised gentle Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs 12-week fully-resourced course offers:-
- Long-term improvements for those with a history of low back pain, plus benefits for the whole person (body and mind);
- Health and Wellbeing / Health Promotion – gentle, beginners’ appropriate yoga helps people to have the confidence to get back to being physically active and encourages positive mental health;
- Self-management and resilience (with yoga home practice sheets, Relaxations and manual) – the majority in our research were still practising yoga at home the recommended amount (30 minutes twice a week) at the 12-month follow-up;
- Fully-resourced (educational Resources Pack available used in Arthritis Research UK charity-funded research; highly-trained teachers throughout the UK);
- Safe and enjoyable group activity in the community alongside GP care (patient choice);
- Specifically trained, experienced yoga teachers adhering to the programme (with understanding of back dysfunction, individual patient needs, medical terminology, Inclusion Criteria, Red Flags and more);
- Cost-effectiveness / cost savings for the NHS, society and individuals – potential shown in ‘Cost Evaluation’ published paper – University of York (Spine Journal). Savings likely to be even more impressive as patients only need one 12-week course to continue to self-manage for longer than the 12 months studied in our research;
- One of the most effective, similarly rigorously-tested treatment options currently available (shown in Forest Plot graph Annals of Internal Medicine);
- Education of patient – posture, lower back function, breathing, mental perspective, pain perception – with advice on how to use this information throughout daily life;
- Public Health, ICS and other Department of Health healthcare improvement initiatives can be easily implemented;
- Evidence of long-term self-management – those offered the 12-week yoga course had an average of only 3.83 days off work over the 12 months studied compared to 12.29 in the non-yoga group;
- Benefits to NHS staff, e.g. courses offered to hospital staff (and patients also).
- Council staff offered courses.
- Workplaces can help improve health and well-being with huge cost-saving potential – our research showed this specific yoga programme reduced absenteeism by 70% p.a., meaning savings for employers of in excess of £1000 pp pa. (based on average salary 2012).
We are dedicated to educating about and promoting the ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme and we hope you will help us.
- this specific, evidence-based, ‘best practice’ yoga programme, with its good structure and educational resources, taught by experienced teachers, offers one of the best self-management patient choices with benefits to NHS / Public Health / Workplaces / Society.
- GPs, pain / spinal / specialist physio consultants are increasingly signposting strongly to this specific YHLB programme. With many health professionals now recommending general ‘yoga’ to those with back pain, we wish to make sure that it is appropriate, safe and effective, quality-assured, evidence-based ‘specialised yoga’ that they signpost or refer to.
The ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ (YHLB) programme offers…
- An evidence-based multi-modal/combined/mind-body long-term self-management option for chronic / persistent / recurring low back pain.
- YHLB Yoga includes *relaxation *muscle strengthening *stretching * joint mobility and alignment *postural awareness *mindfulness *back education *philosophical aspects for positive attitude * breathing techniques *health promotional techniques that can be integrated into daily life.
- Preventative – it lessens the intensity/duration/frequency of low back pain. Self-care approach for healthy ageing, increasing physical activity, MSK and multi-morbidity.
Guardian (online and printed) May 2021 Article by Amy Fleming featured YOGA for Healthy Lower Backs https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/may/30/dont-freak-out-why-keeping-calm-and-carrying-on-exercising-can-help-back-pain
National Award 2018 Press Statement re BWY Outstanding Achievement Award
Download Standing Tall and Lying Comfortably YHLB Article March 2015 article here.
Video – Caroline Carty speaking about YHLB prior to presenting at Integrative Medicine Conference (College of Medicine, Oct. 2019) https://youtu.be/ZPW-jTShMjI
Video on national TV – ITV’s Tonight – ‘Back Pain – Britain’s Unseen Crisis’ (Feb28th 2019) – Julia Moore showcases and speaks about YHLB’s potential to help people to get back to being active https://youtu.be/dBiir8yJomk
Find our YHLB Trifold Leaflet on this website.
Go to our Outcome Evaluations, Powerpoints and Case Studies pages for Powerpoint presentations and Research Posters designed for GPs, health professionals, spinal consultants, NHS commissioners, e.g. RCGP Website Link to Alison Trewhela’s 2016 Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Presentation PLUS Dr. A Huette’s 2016 Yoga ‘GP Quality Improvement Pilot Project’ and 2018 NHS Spinal Study Day
Here are some links to Articles about our ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ yoga programme.
British Wheel of Yoga ‘Spectrum‘ magazine (November 2016) Page 24 November 2016 Article in BWY magazine ‘Spectrum’
The Times newspaper (Nov 2011) http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/science/medicine/article3212095.ece
University of York Research News (Nov 2011) – Yoga Aids Chronic Back Pain Sufferers
Arthritis Research UK’s Winter 2015 Arthritis Today magazine reports on ‘More People with Back Pain Benefiting from Yoga’ http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/arthritis-today-magazine/166-winter-2015.aspx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Arthritis+Research+UK&utm_campaign=5092409_AT+Winter+2015+Researchers&utm_content=AT%2520Winter%25202015&dm_i=GEU,315BT,4QAQVP,AWEW5,1
Arthritis Research UK’s Summer 2012 magazine reports on Economic Evaluation published paper ‘Yoga a Cost-Effective Treatment for Back Pain Sufferers?’ – http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/news/press-releases/2012/august/yoga-a-cost-effective-treatment-for-back-pain-sufferers.aspx
Arthritis Research UK’s Winter 2012 Arthritis Today magazine reports on research findings ‘Got Back Pain – Try Yoga’ http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/arthritis-today-magazine/155-winter-2012/yoga-trial.aspx
Arthritis Research UK’s Published ‘Synovium’ magazine for Healthcare Professionals (Issue 25 Spring 2012) Yoga Class for Management of Back Pain. http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/health-professionals-and-students/reports/synovium/synovium-spring-2012.aspx for full magazine; OR http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/health-professionals-and-students/reports/synovium/synovium-spring-2012/yoga-for-back-pain.aspx
Arthritis Research UK website report mentions yoga – ‘UK Study shows high cost of treating back pain.’ Published 4th January 2013. http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/news/general-news/2013/january/uk-study-shows-high-cost-of-treating-back-pain.aspx
Related = Arthritis Research UK’s CAT Booklet – University of Aberdeen ‘Practitioner-Based Complementary and Alternative Therapies for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia and Low Back Pain’ Yoga has Green Light and good evidence for low back pain. http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/complementary-and-alternative-therapies.aspx
Link to Backcare UK charity’s Talkback magazine featuring ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ (See Page 14) http://issuu.com/backcare/docs/talkback_winter_2012-13?mode=window&pageNumber=1
TalkBack magazine article, February 2014, BackCare UK Charity http://issuu.com/backcare/docs/backcare_talkback_winter_2013-14/4
Daily Mail ‘Prescribing Yoga could slash NHS annual £1.37 billion back pain bill’ National Press Item re. Cost-Effectiveness Press Statement (Aug 2012) –
Interview with a Yoga Teacher Alison Trewhela http://relaxbackuk.blogspot.ch/
Health Medical & Science Update – Is Yoga a Back Pain Fix? http://www.stonehearthnewsletters.com/is-yoga-a-back-pain-fix-uk-study-says-maybe/back-pain/
Pulse – NHS GPs Urged to Commission Yoga for People Suffering with Back Pain http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/gps-urged-to-commission-yoga-for-people-suffering-with-back-pain/14455691.article
Daily Express 4th March 2014
Link below to Radio Interview with Alison Trewhela on UK Health Radio aired August 2013 (this is a 30 minute discussion with a Harley Street chiropractor and Mike Dilke of Backapp about the latest back pain treatment options. It runs straight through after an approx. 5-minute musical interlude). Enjoy.
Daily Mail interviewed Alison Trewhela as a representative of The University of York yoga trial – (Feb 3rd 2015) thelast two paragraphs on the link here mention our yoga trial. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2937315/The-eight-healing-positions-yoga-Moves-ease-pain.html
Those you may wish to inform about the information on this website:-
Clinical Commissioning Groups (NHS)
Health Promotional Organisations
Public Health Professionals
Health and Well-being Boards
GP Surgery Patient Participation Groups (ask YHLB students to tell them how they think more people should be able to access YHLB courses with subsidies)
Complementary and Alternative Health Centres
Social Care Departments
Complementary Health Practitioners
Private Health Clinics
Occupational Health Departments
Public Sector Occupational Health / HR
Private Insurance Providers/Companies
Blogs, e.g. Back Pain Blogs of Healthy Lifestyle
and others. (Please let us know if you can think of things to add to the above list.)
Mission Statement found elsewhere on this website =
Specialised 12-week course of gentle beginners Yoga ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ (YHLB)
An evidence-based, cost-saving, health-promotional, long-term treatment option for a prevalent chronic condition with integrative health and social care potential
Objectives and Potential of ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ Programme:-
- Improve the health of those with chronic and recurring low back pain. The charity, Arthritis Research UK (funders of the original high-profile yoga for back pain randomized controlled trial) and The University of York support this research ‘translational’ project (Annals Intern Med3).
- Show best practice partnership-working during implementation of integrated services – perhaps with 3-way (NHS, Council and patient) sharing of costs in commissioning of evidence-based YHLB courses. Save NHS, Councils, Government, societal and economic costs by offering a high value, self-management, educative treatment option with the potential to offer wide-ranging, long-term, positive outcomes. It showed an average 70% reduction in work absenteeism over 12 months, showing how the YHLB course motivates and teaches good self-management skills (Spine2).
- Help prevent ‘NHS patients’ with chronic/ episodic/ recurring low back pain in Primary Care settings ‘falling into’ costly Secondary Care. Our research showed YHLB would be likely to be cost-effective if offered within the NHS compared to current care pathway treatments2.
- Give a ‘hand up out of’ NHS Secondary Care, with YHLB’s gently-progressing, multi-modal (biopsychosocial) approach, to patients with non-specific, but nevertheless disabling, low back pain3.
- Build patient ‘resilience’ to improve quality of life, and to help people to become more active whilst living longer, happier and healthier lives. YHLB proactively addresses ‘secondary preventative care’, i.e. improvement and prevention of co-existing conditions along with back pain, e.g. diabetes, obesity, depression, high blood pressure, and stress-related and musculoskeletal conditions.
- NICE Low Back Pain Guidelines mentions ‘yoga’ as a group mind/body exercise patient choice of treatment that could be recommended as a ‘first step to managing low back pain’. (NICE Press Statement 16th November 2016).
Link to NIH NCCAM Video including “An overview of a rigorously designed study that shows yoga may benefit people with chronic low-back pain, a common and difficult-to-treat problem. (Karen Sherman, Ph.D., M.P.H., Group Health Research Institute).” http://nccam.nih.gov/video/yoga
Research Evidence for Yoga for Chronic lbp Oct2014 Find here a list of current research papers and reviews supporting the use of yoga for chronic low back pain.
Workplace Health & Wellbeing YHLB Trifold Leaflet available on request.
yogaforbacks.co.uk Subscribers’ Newsletters
First Newsletter (2) November 2011
2nd Newsletter March 2012
3rd Newsletter May 2012
5th Newsletter April 2013
Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Press Statements