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  1. Yoga Beats Physiotherapy for Chronic Low Back Pain

    Researchers from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (SVYASA) in Bangalore, India evaluated changes in pain, anxiety, depression and spinal mobility for chronic low back pain patients on short-term, residential Yoga and physical exercise programs, including comprehensive yoga lifestyle modifications.

    This seven-day, randomized, controlled, single-blind study, in a residential Holistic Health Centre in Bangalore, India, assigned 80 patients (37 female, 43 male) with chronic low back pain to yoga and physical exercise groups.

    The Yoga program consisted of specific asanas (body postures) and pranayamas (breath exercises) for back pain, meditation, yogic counseling, and lectures on yoga philosophy. The control group program included physical therapy exercises for back pain and matching counseling and education sessions.

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  2. UK Review: Guided Imagery Shows Promise for Musculoskeletal Pain

    Researchers at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, Devon, UK, performed a systematic review of the literature to determine the efficacy of guided imagery as a treatment for musculoskeletal pain (MSP).

    Six databases were searched from inception up through May 2010. All controlled clinical trials were considered, if they investigated GI in patients with any MSP in any anatomic location, and if they assessed pain as an outcome measure. Trials of motor imagery were excluded. The selection of studies, data extraction, and validation were performed independently by 2 reviewers.

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  3. Stress imagery helped man recover from back pain

    Our staff received this wonderful note last week about how some simple, stress-reducing imagery helped reduce a man’s back pain and shorten recovery time with a back that chronically goes out on him for weeks:

    I feel compelled to write to you to thank you for the wonderful tape on Relieving Stress. For the umpteenth time, my back gave out on me. While a student at MSASS [Ed. note: This is The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University), a professor introduced our class to these wonderful healing tapes. After a few short days of using the Stress tapes twice a day, my back feels so much better. I can''t believe how much faster I recovered this time compared with other episodes of debilitating back pain in the past. Wow!

    I am going to recommend these tapes to all my friends that lead hectic and chaotic lives. A few minutes out of the day to listen can be so beneficial to general well-being!

    Thank you again!

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  4. Incorporation of cognitive-behavioral treatment into the medical care of chronic low back patients.

    German researchers find that a cognitive-behavioral program of relaxation, imagery, patient education and new postural habits significantly improves the plight of those suffering from lower back pain.

    A randomized, controlled trial at the University of Marburg, Germany looked at the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for alleviating pain, helping with coping ability and reducing disability in patients with lower back pain.

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  5. Breath therapy for patients with chronic low-back pain.

    In a randomized, controlled clinical trial at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF, researchers compared the effect of breath therapy (a technique integrating body awareness, breathing, meditation, and movement) on chronic lower back pain, as compared to standard physical therapy.

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