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Relieve Back Pain Between Chiropractic Visits With Yoga

It always feels good to leave the chiropractic office after a great adjustment. Your muscles and joints are relaxed and you feel much more flexible and energized. The best part of all is that any back, neck, or shoulder pain that you may have been experiencing is now more than likely at least temporarily relieved. However, you aren't alone if you feel that those good feelings can only last so long before the pain and stiffness takes over once again. It would certainly be ideal if those who suffer from persistent back pain and joint stiffness could see a doctor of chiropractic every day for pain relief, but we all know that this is not realistically possible for many reasons.

However, there are steps you can take at home to make sure that you are strengthening your spine and reducing back pain every day. Yoga in particular has been shown to vastly improve the quality of life for many people with back pain, as I found out while reading an article by Breaking Muscle on the topic. Be sure to check in with your doctor of chiropractic about starting up any new exercise or fitness routine, including yoga. Once you get the green light, here are some of the safest and most effective yoga poses to try out in order to keep your pain under control outside of the chiropractor's office.

You may want to begin your yoga therapy by starting off with the classic Sphinx pose. Start by lying on your stomach (make sure you are performing this pose on a yoga mat and a flat surface). Prop up your upper torso by using your forearms for support, and align your elbows so that they are directly under your shoulders. Press down on your palms as well as the tops of your feet, which should be facing the mat. You should resemble a sphinx! Hold this pose for one to three minutes to allow blood to flow to your lower back. 

For the next position, start by lying down on your back instead. This is called the Legs Up The Wall pose. Scoot your buttocks so that they are pressed against a wall and slowly swing your feet up above your head. This is a great pose to do after traveling by plane, or after a long car ride, as it relieves any excess pressure on the feet. Hold for at least five minutes.

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