A Comparative Study Effectiveness of Conventional Physiotherapy versus Yoga Therapy on Pain, Core Muscle Endurance, Lumbar Flexion Range of Motion and Functional Disability in Patients with Chronic Mechanical Low Back Pain
Keywords:Yoga, physiotherapy, strengthening, LBP, core muscle endurance
Introduction: Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common and significant clinical, social, economic,
and public health problem affecting people all over the world. Physical therapists deal with considerable
number of patients with LBP on a daily basis. Yoga has also been a promising treatment option over years
for LBP patients. Thus, this study will help to compare the effectiveness of conventional physiotherapy
treatment versus yoga therapy with respect to pain, lumbar range of flexion, endurance of Transversus
abdominis (TA) and functional disability in patients with chronic mechanical LBP.
Methodology: Fifty four participants were included in an experimental study after screening for inclusion
and exclusion criteria. Pretreatment measures for pain by numerical pain rating scale, lumbar range of flexion
by Modified Schober’s test, Transversus Abdominis endurance by prone test with pressure biofeedback and
disability level by Modified Oswestry Disability Index (MODI) were taken.
Conclusion: The findings of this study suggest that yoga therapy is more effective in reducing pain, disability
and improving lumbar flexion range whereas physiotherapy is more effective in increasing core muscle
endurance in patients with chronic mechanical LBP.