The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Yoga for chronic back pain

    Here are the results from 3 studies of yoga for chronic back pain.

    The first study included 101 people with back pain lasting 3 to 15 months. Yoga over 12 weeks was compared to conventional therapeutic exercise classes, or a self-care book

    The results suggest that Viniyoga contributes to the management of chronic low back pain. The benefits persisted 14 weeks after the end of classes. Viniyoga is a therapeutically oriented style of yoga that emphasizes safety and is relatively easy to learn.

    Another study of 42 patients reported significantly greater decreases in functional disability, pain levels, and medication use in an Iyengar-style yoga compared to an educational group.

    The third study compared modified Hatha yoga to a waiting list control group (11 participants per group). Although several physical measures improved more in the yoga group, no such benefits were found for yoga on the measure of functional disability. And pain was not measured.

    None of these studies show yoga as a panacea for back pain, but it can help in people who are committed to learning the positions. The key to success with yoga is finding a qualified yoga instructor who understands the needs and limitation of their pupils.

    Some background information about yoga is posted here.

    12/28/06 21:18 JR

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