In this lesson, we introduce low back pain and research on yoga and low back pain.
Become familiar with potential causes of low back pain and the reasons why yoga is often recommended for people with low back pain.
Explain the prevalence of low back pain and why individuals from low-income and minority backgrounds are disproportionately impacted. Note which parts of the spine are most vulnerable to injury and explain why. Describe what is meant when doctors use the term “low back strain” and at what point back pain is considered chronic. Note the most common medical classification of those with chronic low back pain and name 10 or more potential causes for low back pain. Provide five reasons why yoga is often recommended for people with low back pain and describe the research by Boston Medical Center regarding the effectiveness of gentle asana in the treatment of chronic low back pain.
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