Objectives: The purpose of the present study is to investigate the effects of yoga on quality of life and pain in geriatric women with low-back pain.
Design: Fifteen women (65-69 years old) with low-back pain were included in the present study. 12 sessions yoga program consisted of asanas, stretching exercises, breathing and relaxation techniques were given to geriatric women suffering from low-back pain twice a week for 6 weeks.
Main outcome measures: The quality of life was assessed with Nothingham Health Profile and pain was determined before and after the study using Visual Analoque Scale.
Results: After-sessions, the patients’ quality of life values were found to be statistically higher than the beforesession values (p<0.05). It was determined that the severity of pain decreased after yoga session (p<0.05).
Discussion: The results showed that yoga has a positive effect on quality of life and pain severity of geriatric women with low-back pain. Therefore it is possible to use yoga programs as an alternative approach to solve problems such as poor quality of life and pain caused by low-back pain.