A recent study by Marshall et al. showed that a 3 month yoga program compared to a 3 month physiotherapy program had a similar results in regards to self efficacy (an individual's belief in their capacity) which was maintained when reassessed 52 weeks later. There was also a decrease in catastrophising and improvement in pain and function - meaning that whether yoga or physiotherapy there were positive results for both!
This study is exciting as it supports the possibility that both community movement classes (in this case yoga) and individualised physiotherapy interventions have the capacity to improve self efficacy for pain and help people sustain this improvement over time. From a low income standpoint where physiotherapy can have barriers to access then participating in a community class can have a similar impact on self efficacy, pain and function.
So what does this mean? Essentially whichever option you choose, you can find good results! Our physiotherapists understand that treatment doesn't happen in isolation, and are happy to support your choice of movement in order to maximise the results you can find in getting treatment.
Unsure what type of treatment (or yoga class) might be right for you? Why not give our friendly Tarragindi physiotherapists a call on 07 3706 3407, or get in touch with our beautiful sister studio at Holland Park Stretch Yoga on 07 3210 6886.
Changes in Pain Self-Efficacy, Coping Skills, and Fear-Avoidance Beliefs in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga, Physical Therapy, and Education for Chronic Low Back Pain Allison Marshall, MPH, Christopher T Joyce, PT, PhD, Bryan Tseng, Hanna Gerlovin, PhD, Gloria Y Yeh, MD, MPH, Karen J Sherman, PhD, MPH, Robert B Saper, MD, MPH, Eric J Roseen, DC, MSc Pain Medicine, pnab318, https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnab318 Published: 26 October 2021