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Yoga Can Help with Back Pain

By Debra Rodzinak

For those patients who suffer from chronic back pain, any form of relief is welcomed.  There are a variety of different forms of exercises that can help strengthen the back, which in turn stabilizes the spine.  Yoga is one of these beneficial exercises. 

The Benefits of Yoga

For years, yoga has been proven to be a safe and effective form of exercise to help relieve back and neck pain and to prevent ongoing spinal issues.  Yoga helps the back in a number of ways.  For example, yoga helps:

  • Injured back muscles to heal more effectively
  • To speed recovery time after an injury
  • Prevent initial injury or re-injury
  • Maintain a daily exercise regime focused on back-related issues
  • Provide proper spinal posture while strengthening the back muscles
  • Ease lower back pain by stretching the muscles of the lower back and legs

Whenever muscles are stretched during yoga, an increase in blood circulation rushes to the stretched muscle fibers.  This strengthening of the muscles also helps to stabilize the bones in the spine while bringing healing nutrients to the damaged tissue.

The Main Components of Yoga

Just like regular exercise programs, there are many different forms of yoga.  Each different form focuses on a particular mindset and is comprised of various poses and areas of focus.  Yoga can be as “deep” as you like, or you can see it as a form of relaxation that also strengthens the back and neck muscles.  However, all forms of yoga focus on three main components:

  • Body posture and positioning
  • Breathing
  • Meditation or state of mind

Yoga for Back Pain

Yoga is one of the safest forms of exercise.  Without the use of weights or machines, yoga allows each individual to use their own body to heal itself. Patients who suffer from specific back conditions should, as a rule, speak to their physicians before undertaking any new exercise program.  Evaluation by a health care professional is advisable to receive an up-to-date and accurate diagnosis to take with them to the yoga instructor. 

Modifications and additional helpful stretches and poses can be given to patients with specific back problems.  The benefits of yoga can be maximized and certain conditions can be avoided when a good yoga teacher provides instruction on special modifications for particular back or neck conditions.

No matter what condition the back or neck are in, beginning some form of exercise program, like yoga, will help strengthen and properly align the spine allowing for some form of relief from pain. 

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