The Effects of Yoga Therapy on Neck Pain

The Effects of Yoga Therapy on Neck Pain

The excerpt below is from an article published in the Clinical Journal of Pain in March 2013. It talks about the short and long term benefits of yoga therapy and chronic neck pain. The key to improvement is doing the poses with proper alignment on a consistent basis and learning to relax an over sensitized pain response system through relaxation and meditation. The authors also suggested that as yoga students develop increasing awareness of muscle use and joint position, they can better change habitual posture patterns in daily life.

“An estimated 20 percent of the population suffers from chronic neck pain, typically caused by structural dysfunctions or disc issues in the cervical spine.

Chronic neck pain can seriously undermine the quality of life and psychological well-being in those who struggle with the condition. Unfortunately, the typical treatment recommended—painkillers in the form of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs—has limited effectiveness and may cause side effects like nausea and dizziness.

A new study from Germany indicates that regular yoga practice may offer a viable alternative for those suffering from neck pain. Study participants assigned to weekly Iyengar yoga sessions reported significantly reduced neck pain over a nine-week period.

Importantly, at follow-up 12 months later, the improvement was still present in the study participants who had kept up a regular home practice over the preceding 12 months. Participants in the yoga group reported reduced pain intensity, less disability, better mental quality of life, improved range of motion and proprioceptive acuity, and a higher threshold of pressure pain. The study results from the 9-week study were published in the Clinical Journal of Pain on March 2013, and the results from the12-month follow-up appeared in Pain Medicine in April 2013.

“Practice time in the past 4 weeks was the only significant predictor of clinically meaningful improvements in pain intensity,” the authors wrote.”

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