With few exceptions, doctors recommend increasing your core strength and your flexibility to address chronic back pain. One nice way to achieve both goals is through yoga. This article lists five traditional yoga poses that can help back pain. The nice thing about these recommendations is that four of the five are actually quite gentle. The fifth, downward dog, can be taxing if you are not used to doing yoga. Downward dog is supposedly a resting position. But it can be hard on the wrists and shoulders if you hold it for a long time. These days, there are yoga studios in almost every town and city. Find a class for beginners and give it a try. If it is not for you, so be it. But, you may discover a way to feel better the does not involve doctors or medications.