Thursday, May 30, 2013

Yoga and low back pain

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for work absenteeism and the second most common complaint at doctor visits. It is generally caused by one of the following: repetitive incorrect lifting technique, degenerative or structural changes in the vertabrae, excessive sitting or standing, bending, twisting or falls. There is good news for low back pain sufferers, as there is a growing body of research that shows that yoga can be an effective treatment for people with chronic back problems.

What does yoga do for the body?
While yoga may be good for overall back function, depending on the individual and the severity of the problem, it's important to note that yoga may not always alleviate the pain. Yoga classes were shown to be more beneficial than self care exercises or home videos. Performing yoga poses at home without the supervision of an instructor may prove to be a risky business if the poses are not done correctly.

Recent studies have shown that yoga combined with stretching can be a good, safe option for people who are willing to try physical activity to relieve moderate low back pain. Classes should be designed with a beginner in mind and taught by instructors that are able to modify postures for individual needs and or limitations. Before starting a new fitness regimen or class, please remember to contact your doctor or physiotherapist first to minimize risk of injury.

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21 comments:

Joan Price said...

Thanks for the tips!There is a lot of great information in this article. Recently I saw a specialist for back pain in NJ and he told me that if done properly, yoga can do wonders for your back!

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Novak Jim said...

Of course yoga is one of the best ways to get rid of back pain. Everyone should do this physical activity regularly to reduce the pain and maintain health.
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Irene Jennings said...

As I'm working on the computer the whole day, my lower back hurts..Have tried pain killers, but they have their side effects.So a friend of mine advised me to try Yoga..After reading your article, am surely going to give it a try..Thanks for sharing.

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A normal lower back muscle strain might be excruciating enough to necessitate an emergency room visit, while a degenerating disc might cause only mild, intermittent discomfort.Identifying the symptoms, along with an accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of the pain, is the first step in obtaining effective pain relief

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devanshigupta said...

I think you are right we can actually get relief from back pain if we do yoga. If you do yoga, your body will become more flexible and healthy. People who do yoga on a daily basis are less likely to get back pain. We all know that there are many medicines which can cure back pain but sometimes it can give you side-effects. To get rid of back pain you can go for yoga. This is one of the best options to treat back pain.

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