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Yoga may improve symptoms of lower back pain, says Cochrane review

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j183 (Published 12 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j183
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Yoga may reduce the symptoms of lower back pain by a small amount in the short term, a Cochrane review of the evidence has concluded. However, the researchers recommend more studies over a longer term.

The systematic review summarised the results of 12 randomised trials including a total of 1080 men and women aged 34 to 48 with chronic non-specific back pain.1

Seven of the studies were carried out in the US, three in India, and two in …

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