A recent study brings optimism to patients with low-back pain. Jennifer Corbett Doreen writer of Yoga may help low back pain, mental effecr? Not so much, reports an analysis of 228 people, which compared yoga versus traditional exercises in attempt to relieve back pain. Findings show that both groups were equally effective in relieving low-back pain. Although, the results are not dramatically different for both groups, many experts agree that yoga not only promotes relaxation and concentration, but may also have positive benefits for patients with low-back pain.

Yoga is a great exercise alternative for the seniors with low-back pain who desire something beyond the mundane exercise programs. Studies continue to show the benefits of Yoga, and it's therapeutic influence on the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. 

Yoga in itself is not a cure for back pain. If performed properly under the guidance of a trained professional, it can yield positive health benefits. Not all classes are meditation driven, some Yoga classes focus on body movements that promote flexibility, strength, and balance. Ask your health care provider what type of Yoga technique is fit for your lifestyle and healthcare needs. According to WedMD, patients with severe osteoporosis, hypertension, spine abnormalities, and pregnancy can be at risk for injury with certain body movements. There are suggestions for such individuals who wish to engage in these types of yoga exercises, yet I would suggest to addressed it first with your physician.

Here are some TIPS to consider when starting a Yoga classes:

1. Ask your physician if Yoga is right for your health needs.
2. Never do Yoga on your own. Make sure to seek professional guidance and assistance.
3. Warm-up with stretching exercises.
4. Take breaks as needed.
5. Quench the thrist and remember to hydrate yourself.
6. Take gradual steps. Don't over do it.

*All suggestions should be discussed with your health care provider prior to incorporating them on your own. Some individuals require modified exercises, or have activity restrictions that are not incorporated in this article.