Yoga may provide relief from chronic neck pain. The usual treatment for this condition is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or diclofenac, but such drugs can cause serious side effects. German researchers conducted a small, randomized and controlled trial testing yoga against self-care exercise. The yoga group experienced significant pain relief within a month and the authors concluded that Iyengar yoga offers a safe option for chronic neck pain.
[Journal of Pain, Nov. 2012]
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