Yoga May Be Equal To Physical Therapy For Relieving Lower Back Pain, Study Indicates.

ABC World News Tonight (6/19, story 12, 0:15, Muir) reported on a new study “revealing that yoga is equal to physical therapy when it comes to relieving pain in your lower back.” The findings  were published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

On the CBS Evening News (6/19, story 10, 1:55, Mason), medical correspondent Jon LaPook, MD, was shown saying, “In the study, 320 adults with moderate-to-severe back pain received one of three approaches over 12 weeks – weekly yoga classes, 15 physical therapy visits, or education about how to cope with back pain.” The study found that not only was yoga “just as effective as physical therapy,” but also that “both groups were about 20 percent less likely to use pain medication than patients receiving education alone.”

In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post  (6/19, Searing) reports on some caveats pertaining to the study. For example, “data on pain and functioning came from the participants’ responses on questionnaires.” The majority of “participants were women.” What’s more, “the yoga classes were designed for people with low back pain, so results may not be the same for people taking a regular yoga class.” Also covering the story are Reuters  (6/19, Seaman), the CBS News (6/19, LaPook) website, CNBC  (6/19, Ferris), and HealthDay  (6/19, Norton).

Variety of Classes offered at the Yoga Centre

COPLEY — The Yoga Centre, located at 2830 Copley Road, offers various styles and experiences with yoga.

Owner John Poleondakis said he has practiced yoga for more than 30 years and has been teaching it for more than 15 years.

Poleondakis said the studio focuses on Iyengar yoga, which includes an in-depth study of asanas (posture) and pranayama (breath control). It differs from traditional yoga in three areas: technique, or making fine adjustments in the alignment of postures and breathing; sequencing, or the order of the postures and breathing; and the length of time spent in each posture.

“We offer a variety of classes throughout the week with a primary emphasis on therapeutic yoga.” Poleondakis added.

Poleondakis said many of the clients at the studio are ages 40 or older, and he even has one 90-year-old woman participating in a class.

“We have many clients who are former athletes and dancers and who, over the years, have become a little beat up,” said Poleondakis. “In addition, we have clients who are dealing with age-related issues such arthritis, stenosis and back pain. They are all looking for recovery and restorative actions through yoga.”

Poleondakis said yoga can help these people and anyone else looking to maintain or improve their physical health.

“One of the hardest things is to be mobile when you are dealing with these things, but one of the best things you can do is to remain mobile,” he said. “We offer a low impact form of yoga. We allow clients to move at their own pace.”

He added that yoga can increase flexibility; improve balance, strength and posture; and ease physical limitations. Yoga also has a relaxation component.

In addition, clients who need assistance are taught how to use tools such as blocks, bolsters and straps, and how to use the walls to help them in class.

The Yoga Centre expanded last year to add 1,000 square feet for more classroom space.

Mixed level classes are offered weekday mornings, evenings and on Saturday mornings. Clients may choose to pay for each class as they attend or purchase a series package for better savings, according to Poleondakis.

For more information or a complete class schedule, visit Copley Yoga Centre on Facebook.

The studio may be reached by calling 330.242.4160 or