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Doc’s favorite new prescription: More yoga

Don’t be surprised if your next yearly exam ends up with your doctor prescribing a little downward dog. More doctors are prescribing yoga and other complementary therapies in addition to more conventional treatments — especially for patients who have failed to respond to traditional cures.

While the number of doctors who say they’ve prescribed things like relaxation techniques is still low — only about 15% — the number is steadily rising.

The most commonly prescribed treatments were deep breathing classes, and then meditation, yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation. All of those therapies reduce stress, which can have a beneficial effect for patients with chronic pain, high blood pressure, anxiety and countless other nagging symptoms.

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