Musculoskeletal disorders, particularly low back pain and osteoarthritis, are the most common cause of chronic disability in the world today, according to recent statistics. In the U.S. alone, more than 65 million people suffer from back pain, and it is the second most common cause of doctor’s visits.
Does yoga offer a viable complement to painkillers or even surgery in the treatment of back pain? And if so, what might the treatment of back pain look like in the future? In this interview, we discuss that question with yoga therapist Robin Rothenberg, who created the yoga protocol for one of the first NIH-funded studies on yoga for back pain. Robin is the author of The Essential Low Back Program: Relieve Pain and Restore Health.
Q: According to statistics, eight out of 10 people will suffer from back pain at one point in their lives. Why is back pain such a common issue?
Robin Rothenberg: Well, we’re not living well in our bodies anymore. We were designed to be very physically active and engaged in our body, strengthening and moving in all different, various ways. And what do many of us do now? We sit in chairs at our desk work, we sit in chairs watching TV at night. Even kids sit around and watch video games all day instead of going out and playing. We’ve become less physically mobile and our structure has gotten weaker and weaker. Continue reading >>