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Iyengar Yoga for Chronic Low-Back Pain Shows Promising Results
Low-back pain is a major public health issue in the United States and the main reason why people use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Previous research suggests that yoga, a popular CAM activity, may be beneficial for people with chronic low-back pain; however, many studies have had design flaws. NCCAM-funded researchers at West Virginia University conducted a clinical trial to evaluate the effects of Iyengar yoga on chronic low-back pain.
Slide Show: Core exercises Strengthen Abs and Other Core Muscles
MayoClinic provides descriptions of exercises designed to strengthen the core, or trunk, of your body. Strong core muscles — abdominal, back and pelvis — provide support to your spine for everything from walking, lifting and standing to sitting.
Slide show: Stretches you can do in your office
Do your shoulders get tense when you glance at the stack of work piling up on your desk? Does your back ache if you spend too many hours hunched forward over your keyboard?
CCOHS Exercises for a Healthy Back
Canada's National Occupational Health and Safety Resource addresses exercises for a healthy back including information on exercises specific to key muscle groups.