Downward dog useless? Yoga is no more effective for back pain then regular stretching

Yoga may not give you a mental lift… and it”s “no better for easing back pain than simple stretching”

8:12 AM on 26th October 2011

No gain: Researchers found that simple stretching offered back pain sufferers the same benefits as yoga

No gain: Yoga practitioners in the downward dog pose, reputed to help back pain, but U.S. researchers found that simple stretching offered the same benefits

Muscle control: The findings contradict previous research that found yoga practitioners needed fewer painkillers and had better back function than those who simply stretch

Muscle control: The findings contradict previous research that found yoga practitioners needed fewer painkillers and had better back function than those who simply stretch