Effect of Yoga Vs. Stretching on Chronic Back Pain (YES)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00447668
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 15, 2007
Last Update Posted : October 13, 2017
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kaiser Permanente

March 13, 2007
March 15, 2007
October 13, 2017
March 2007
August 2009   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Back-related function [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Pain [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Pain
  • Back-related function
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00447668 on Archive Site
Not Provided
Not Provided
Not Provided
Not Provided
Effect of Yoga Vs. Stretching on Chronic Back Pain
Effect of Yoga Vs. Stretching on Chronic Back Pain
This study will compare the effectiveness of yoga classes, exercise classes, and a self-care book in the management of pain and function for people with low back pain.It will also for physical, psychological and physiological factors associated with improvement in back pain.
Not Provided
Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Chronic Non-specific Low Back Pain
  • Behavioral: Yoga
    Yoga for back pain
  • Behavioral: Exercise
    exercises for back pain
  • Behavioral: Self-care book recommendations
    Self-care book for back pain
  • Experimental: 1
    Intervention: Behavioral: Yoga
  • Active Comparator: 2
    Intervention: Behavioral: Exercise
  • Active Comparator: 3
    Self-care book recommendations
    Intervention: Behavioral: Self-care book recommendations

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Same as current
August 2011
August 2009   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Group Health Cooperative enrollee
  • Uncomplicated low back pain
  • At least moderate pain levels

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Sciatica persisting 3 or more months after physician visit
  • History of cancer (other than nonmelanoma skin cancer)
  • Severe disk problems
  • Unstable medical conditions
  • Back surgery within past 3 years
  • Physically unable to do the yoga or exercise classes and homework
  • Unable to attend classes
  • Currently doing yoga
  • Taken yoga or exercise class for back pain within past year
  • Currently in litigation for back pain
  • Seeking other treatment for back pain
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
20 Years to 64 Years   (Adult)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
U01AT003208( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
U01AT003208 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Not Provided
Not Provided
Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Karen J. Sherman, PhD Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente
October 2017

ICMJE     Data element required by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the World Health Organization ICTRP