Yoga and back pain
Yoga was developed in India nearly 4000 years ago. Making this form of exercise an ancient practice that is now very popular around the world. There are many different types of yoga styles. These styles incorporate various breathing techniques with basic and complex body postures. It is designed to provide a number of physical and mental benefits. Some of these include: improved cardiovascular, digestive, lymphatic and nervous systems, increased joint mobility, enhanced sleep quality and reduced stress and anxiety.
Yoga is also an exceptional form of exercise for strengthening specific muscles and muscle groups. It is from holding the yoga postures for a period of time, using concentration and mind to muscle connection. This improves the muscle strength. Yoga also teaches you correct alignment of the head, shoulders and pelvis which helps to improve and maintain the natural curvature of the spine. This results in improved posture balance and flexibility.
During the pose holding of anywhere from 10-60 seconds, certain muscles are stretched while others are flexed. This achieves relaxation and flexibility of the muscles and joints whilst also reducing tension in areas of the body which carry stress. The postures should not cause pain, however some may feel uncomfortable which will lessen over the time that you practice. You will learn more awareness of your body and understand your own physical limitations.
Due to these many aspects of yoga, it is an ideal practice for anyone suffering from back and neck pain. Studies have shown that people who have practiced yoga for at least twice per week for 8 weeks have received significant gains in strength, flexibility and endurance. This is a basic goal of a rehabilitation plan for back or neck pain.
There are 10 postures that will directly stretch and strengthen the muscles that are involved someway or another in back pain. Abdominal and other core muscles need to be strengthened while hamstring, gluteal, hip and back muscles need lengthening as well as strengthening. You may need to search the postures and see how they are executed before trying them.
- Child’s Pose
- Downward Facing Dog
- Standing Forward Bend
- Cobra pose
- Seated spine twist
- Triangle pose
- Eagle pose
- Chair pose
If you have severe pain or an injury, seek a professional first before you start trying yoga out. Yoga is still a form of physical activity. If not taught correctly it does have the potential to be dangerous or even if you push your body further than it is able to go. Injuries, which can occur from incorrect yoga practice, include; overstretched muscles, strained ligaments, slipped discs and eye injuries (eye pressure from inverted poses).
There are different levels of difficulty with yoga, and it is important that you choose classes and postures suited to your current abilities. This will minimise risks associated with your yoga practice and your body will respond quicker and with better results. If you feel any pain during a posture, stop immediately or pull back. Pain is a sign that something is wrong.
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Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing a pinched nerve, bulging disc, back pain, neck pain, knee pain, headaches or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident or experiencing injury. You may suffer from a specific condition like chronic back pain or a spinal condition. Our mission is to help reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent future problems and injury. We are here to improve your quality of life, your well-being and your ability to live and active healthy lifestyle.