Mind-body approach supported for chronic low back pain

Meditation and yoga offer as much benefit for patients with chronic low back pain as more traditional therapies such as NSAIDs, a US trial suggests.

Patients who practised mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy for eight weeks showed clinically meaningful reductions in low back pain and disability that persisted for a year, according to trial findings published in JAMA.

In a prospective trial involving 342 adults who had low back pain for an average of seven years, those randomised to the mindfulness group classes showed similar improvements to those assigned to CBT, and