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Considering Yoga? You May Want to Consult with Your Chiropractor Too



Wherever you are with yoga, just starting or well into it, you may not have connected the practice to your chiropractor. But SpineHealth makes it clear that yoga, pilates and tai chi can all be part of the discussion when you see your chiropractor and learn more about quality of life.

SpineHealth experts say these disciplines may help you drop stress, strengthen mind and body, and heal injured back muscles or prevent re-injuring them. They will also improve flexibility and suppleness, along with balance.

I have watched this play out in numerous yoga classes as new students with neck or back pain found the therapy they needed on a yoga mat. They learned to gently stretch and strengthen the muscles of the lower back and legs and increase blood circulation, which brings healing nutrients to sore tissue.

I have also seen other new yoga students who came to tone their muscles, improve range of motion and drop a lot of stress. They also found exactly what they were looking for and soon became regulars.

As always, whenever considering a new form of exercise you should check with your doctor first. If you have issues with back pain or other body injuries you also need to check with your doctor and your chiropractor first.

Visiting the Chiropractor

Your doctor may recommend yoga, tai chi or pilates for stress or pain. Then the initial visit to the chiropractor will begin with a spinal manipulation to evaluate the nervous system.

A complete medical history review and discussion of daily activities will also be included. The chiropractor’s goal will be to help identify the problem and seek pain relief without medication or surgery. A series of visits may be needed to help you pull everything together. The patient, doctor and chiropractor can evaluate progress.

After a particularly intense bout with stress from family loss, my best escape came from constructing a backyard retreat that I used for yoga. Filled with plants, mats and cushions, I turned a corner of my patio into a private retreat where I could just sit and breathe and do yoga poses.

I have seen many cases of stress and pain, where patients came in with worried looks and stories of ongoing discomfort. Then as the visits progressed and they learned how to let go of the problem with quality of life exercise they were delighted to regain their footing.

If this sounds workable for you make an appointment today.


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