Yoga is a discipline of body and mind considered as an art of life which is based on the practice of asanas (postures) and pranayama (discipline of the breath). And it’s not just celebrities like Gisèle Bündchen, Jessica Alba or Cara Delevingne who practice it since it is also the case for 2.6 million French people at least once a year, according to statistics revealed this year. year by Union sport & cycle. Among the most mentioned motivations, the desire to evacuate stress, to maintain your body and to stay in good health. New study published by Boston Medical Center confirms benefits for two everyday ailments : sleep and back pain.
Published in the Journal of General Internal, the study finds that yoga and other physiotherapy practices are effective approaches to treat sleep disorders and chronic back pain while reducing the need for drugs. The researchers started from the observation that sleep disorders and insomnia are common in people with chronic low back pain (when back pain lasts beyond 3 months or 12 weeks according to Health Insurance). Previous research has shown that 59% of people who have it had poor quality of sleep and 53% were diagnosed with insomnia.
“Non-pharmacological approaches should be considered”
Specific support is then necessary. ” The drugs for sleep and back pain may have serious side effects and the risk of opioid-related overdose and death increases with the use of sleeping pills, ”say the study’s authors, before adding:“ Identify holistic methods Treating these conditions could help reduce the need for these medications, as well as make patients safer and more comfortable. The randomized controlled trial included 320 adults with chronic low back pain. At the start of the study, it was found that over 90% of affected participants also suffered from poor sleep.
Participants were assigned to one of three treatments offered: physical therapy, weekly yoga or reading educational documents. Improvements were compared over a 12-week intervention period and after one year of follow-up. It turns out that, as early as six weeks of treatment, the volunteers reported reduced back pain of the order of 30% on average. In addition, affected participants were three and a half times more likely to benefit fromimproved sleep after 12 weeks of full treatment, confirming that pain and sleep are closely related, and this improvement did not decline after the full follow-up period.
“The high prevalence of sleep problems in adults suffering from chronic low back pain can have adverse effects on general health and well-being. This really emphasizes the need for healthcare providers to ask chronic low back pain patients about the quality of their sleep. Given the serious risks associated with the combination of analgesics and sleeping pills, non-pharmacological approaches should be considered for these patients, ”they conclude. Note that concerning back pain, the Health Insurance recalls that the first reflex is to prevent it from settling: “The right treatment is movement. ”