Complementary treatments for pain and mental health

Can non-traditional therapies, such as yoga, meditation and tai-chi aid in pain and mental health?

Musculoskeletal pain and mental health disorders are some of the most costly conditions to manage worldwide.

In the UK, it is estimated that both mental health and low back pain affect one in four adults at some point in their life. Moreover, it is estimated that over £500 million is spent each year on low back pain management specifically, and over £105 billion is spent managing mental health disorders. It is expected that the costs of both will rise substantially in coming years.

The aim of this study was to look beyond traditional medication interventions for musculoskeletal and mental health disorders, and to evaluate if there is evidence supporting the use of complementary interventions, such as yoga, tai chi and mindfulness.


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