Individually Tailored Yoga for Chronic Neck or Back Pain in a Low-income Population: A Pilot Study

Int J Yoga. 2020 Jan-Apr;13(1):70-72. doi: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_23_19.


Background: Low-income people are disproportionately affected by chronic back and neck pain. Yoga may be an effective therapy.

Aims: This feasibility pilot study evaluated an individualized yoga plan for the treatment of chronic spinal pain.

Results: Individuals showed a mean change of -2.4 from pre/post 10-cm pain scale recordings (P = 0.028, 95% confidence interval [CI]: -0.390--4.477) and a mean increase of 0.26 on the EQ-5D-3L (P = 0.029, 95% CI: 0.04-0.47). The intervention was well-received.

Conclusions: An individually tailored yoga program was acceptable to these participants. Pain and quality of life scores appeared to improve.

Keywords: Back pain; low income; neck pain; yoga.