Meditation, Cognitive Therapy Effective for Back Pain: Study


March 25, 2016 05:26 PM IST

Researchers have said that meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy are effective against back pain, one of the common problem in the modern lifestyle.

After 26 weeks, researchers said patients treated with cognitive behavioral therapy or mindfulness-based stress reduction and yoga had clinically meaningful improvement of functional limitations compared to those with traditional care. The improvement was measured at 61 per cent for MSBR and yoga, ahead of 58 percent for CBT and 44 percent for traditional care.

The study was a clinical trial with 342 adults ages 20-70 who had suffered from lower back pain for an average of seven years. One third, selected at random, was treated with MBSR and yoga, while another third used cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps patients identify and resolve bad behavioral choices and negative thoughts. The last third was treated with pain medications.

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