Yoga can be an excellent way to reduce or eliminate the use of over-the-counter or prescription pain medicine to treat your back pain. A recent study indicates that those who suffered from chronic low back pain and participated in activities such as tai chi, yoga and massage had a significant reduction (greater than 50 %) in the dependence upon medication! Yoga offers more tangible benefits without increasing the risk of worsening the underlying condition or injury. If you never participated in yoga previously, be sure to attend a class with a certified instructor who will properly guide you with the appropriate poses and relaxation techniques so you’ll have a greater chance of success in reducing back pain.