Researchers at the University of Witten/Herdecke, in Germany, performed a meta-analysis on the effectiveness of yoga on pain and associated disability.

First, the details.

  • 16 studies of varying quality were included in the review.
    • 6 studies: back pain
    • 2 studies: rheumatoid arthritis
    • 2 studies: headache/migraine
    • 6 studies: other indications

And, the results.

  • All studies reported positive effects in favor of the yoga.

The bottom line?

The authors concluded, “Despite some limitations, there is evidence that yoga may be useful for several pain-associated disorders. Moreover, there are hints that even short-term interventions might be effective.”

They recommend more research to identify patients that might be most likely to benefit from yoga.

12/20/11 19:38 JR

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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.