Relief for back pain
Yoga can ease chronic lower-back pain, say scientists in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In a study of 320 people, those who did weekly yoga sessions improved their function scores by 26 percent and lowered pain by 24 percent in 12 weeks—results that were as effective as physical therapy. What’s more, both groups maintained those improvements for a year. The authors say yoga stretches and strengthens muscles in the lower back, hips and hamstrings to reduce pain. A DVD that can help you learn the moves: BodyWisdom Yoga for Beginners, $11, Amazon.com.