Yoga Biomedical Trust

Yoga Therapy for Common Ailments

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     Yoga therapy can contribute to the management, prevention and, sometimes, cure of a wide range of medical conditions including:

·         Musculoskeletal disorders (e.g. low back pain, frozen shoulder)

·         Respiratory disorders (e.g. asthma, bronchitis)

·         Cardiovascular disorders (e.g. hypertension, heart conditions)

·         Digestive disorders (e.g. hyperacidity, irritable bowel syndrome)

·         Metabolic disorders (e.g. diabetes, thyroid conditions)

·         Neurological disorders (e.g. multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease)

·         Cancer

·         Headaches and migraine

·         Stress, anxiety and depression


     We currently focus mainly on low back pain and sciatica.  But through our database we can identify yoga therapists competent to work any of the above conditions and let enquirers know of any within reach of them.  We do not, at present have an online service for the delivery of yoga therapy for conditions other than low back pain and sciatica.

This section complements other sections under the following headings:

  • Home/For people with health problems

  • Yoga therapy/How do I start?

  • Research/Low back pain & sciatica

     General yoga classes often help mild low back pain (LBP) but can exacerbate more serious and chronic back problems. In contrast, specialised yoga therapy can safely help most types of low back pain and sciatica, including herniated disc (‘slipped’ disc) even in its acute phase.


There are many types of low back pain. Herniated disk (‘slipped disk’) is one of the most common. Herniated disk often heals spontaneously but sometimes requires surgery. It can be exacerbated by various activities, including certain remedial exercises and yoga postures. Early detection and appropriate management of herniated disk can probably improve the prospects of recovery and avoidance of long-term chronic low back pain. The most common age range for herniated disc to first emerge is 25 – 45 years, so this is the ideal time to catch it.

CALBA can help you determine whether your low back pain involves a herniated disk. To obtain a CALBA assessment you answer six, short questionnaires, which cover a wide range of factors bearing on herniated disc. CALBA processes the data to help assess the likelihood of herniated disk and its current stage of healing. A low back pain specialist then completes the assessment and prepares a report on your condition along with advice on precautions, lifestyle, and therapeutic exercises. It takes about 20 minutes to answer the questionnaires and up to 2 working days for the report to be prepared and emailed to you. There is a small charge for this service.