Effect of Selected Yogic Practices on Pain and Disability in Patients with Lumbar Spondylitis

Int J Yoga. May-Aug 2017;10(2):81-87. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.205516.


Aim: The study was designed to find the effect of selected yogic practices on lumbar spondylitis.

Materials and methods: This was a prospective, randomized study without a control trial. A total of 172 participants with lumbar spondylitis (age 21-79 years) from the outpatient department (OPD) of neurosurgery, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, were randomly assigned to receive yoga therapy. The module of selected yogic practices consisted of pawanamuktasana series 1 (loosening and strengthening), asana, pranayama, and relaxation techniques Yoga Nidra.

Statistics analysis: Within groups, comparison was done by paired t-test, and between groups, ANOVA test was carried out to determine the significant difference among the various groups under study. Correlation regression analysis was done to measure the degree of linear relationship between pre- and post-study for various groups.

Results: Significant differences were observed with yoga therapy in instant relieve practice group, in short-term practice group, and in long-term practice group (LTPG) with better results in LTPG.

Conclusion: Selected yoga therapy has got the better result in management of pain in lumbar spondylitis.

Keywords: Experimental group; Roland–Morris back pain questionnaire; lumbar spondylitis; yogic practice.