In a previous blog post I discussed how yoga can be an effective tool for protecting your health. I specifically discussed this issue in relation to pain and injury of the shoulders and neck. Today I would like to revisit this topic but pay more attention to how yoga can truly help to prevent back injuries and reduce existing pain in this area. Many orthopedic problems relate to the back and it can be a complicated area to treat if the problem has become serious. Therefore, working to prevent injuries before they occur is a great idea for everyone!
As many people know, yoga is an ancient practice that was born in India. Having been practised in this part of the world for many thousands of years, it has also become incredibly popular in the last few decades in the west. In the United States alone, close to 20 million people are benefiting from regular yoga practice and you can too! When in a class you will experience the combination of breathing, meditation and also the physical stretches which are where the pain reducing and injury preventing benefits are to be gained.
These movements promote flexibility and strength, which not only help to support the back region but your entire body. Additionally, the use of yoga and breathing encourage a sense of calm in the body which is a natural way to tackle pain.
Research has shown that this increase in flexibility and strength will bring health benefits to those who even only practice yoga just twice a week. The results of course will not be immediate, but you will start to see an improvement after a couple of months. Keeping up this regular practice of twice a week, or even increasing it to additional sessions, will ensure that you are able to enjoy better health and less pain.
If you already experience localised back pain then it is wise to discuss this with your chosen yoga instructor so that they can advise you on the best poses for addressing this issue. They will also be able to suggest any poses that you would be better off avoiding so as not to make antagonise an injury. However, the majority of poses, when done properly and eased into throughout your continuous practice will only serve to alleviate any problems!
Check back next week to discover which are the best yoga poses for back pain and how to practice them easily at home yourself!