Objectives: To study and compare the effectiveness of elastic resistance band exercises and yoga in physiotherapy students with chronic non-specific low back pain
Design: Randomized clinical trial
Participants: 40 physiotherapy students, 20 in each group.
Interventions: Group A received elastic band exercises and group B received yoga for 10 days i.e. 5days/week.
Measurements: VAS, Pressure biofeedback, MODQ, lumbar ROM.
Results: Elastic resistance band exercises resulted in significant improvement in pain reduction (mean change 4.3, p = 0.001), Core strength (mean change 3.2, p = 0.001), flexibility (mean change extension 0.9 and flexion 1, p = 0.001for both flex and extension) and functional disability (mean change11.1, p =0.001) than yoga at 10th day of intervention.
Limitations: small sample size, no follow up and less duration of intervention
Conclusions: Though the study showed beneficial results in both groups, results reflected that 10 sessions of elastic resistance band exercises showed better improvement than the Yoga postures in physiotherapy students with chronic NSLBP.