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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 70-72
Individually tailored yoga for chronic neck or back pain in a low-income population: A pilot study

Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA

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Adrienne Renelle Hampton
Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin, 3209 Dryden Drive, Madison, WI 53704
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_23_19

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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. Methods: Participants were recruited from a federally qualified health center in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Each participant received an individually tailored yoga prescription and practice plan. Pain and quality of life were measured pre and post intervention using the standard 10-cm pain scale and the well-validated EQ-5D-3L, respectively. Qualitative data regarding participants' attitudes and experience were also collected and analyzed. 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.

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