3 Ways Yoga May Help Back Problems
3 ways yoga may help with your aching back.
Yoga 22nd Dec, 2020
Back pain affects many people around the world. Whether it is temporary, from a specific injury, or long-term, a sore back can have a big impact on your life. Yoga postures have been used as part of physiotherapy regimes for decades. If it’s done properly, it can really make a difference. It is also incredibly accessible. If you are interested in trying it out, yoga is so widespread that you can probably find a class near your home. The three benefits touched on below are just the tip of the iceberg. You may find yoga is your new favourite exercise and stress reliever, all rolled into one.
Strengthen Core Muscles:
The primary way yoga helps ease existing back pain is by strengthening the core muscles in your abdomen. The different postures require balance, to do them correctly you have to engage your core (the muscles you suck in to shrink the appearance of your gut). It takes time to develop your core. The majority of physiotherapists start people on a six week course of exercise and then encourage patients to keep doing them after this ends. Over the course of those six weeks, many people find their back pain is either reduced to manageable levels or has disappeared completely. Strengthening, and then maintaining your core, can also prevent recurring or future issues.
A secondary way that yoga can help with back pain is by improving your flexibility. The postures that require stretching really allow you to uncurl knotted muscles that may have been held rigid for years. Regaining your flexibility can allow you freedom of movement you had forgotten was possible and is an excellent relief for back pain.
Yoga was originally developed, practised by millions of people, as a meditative, spiritual, and physical exercise. This aspect means that even when you are simply using yoga as exercise it can help you to relieve stress. It does this by using postures (body positions that your instructor will guide to you into), which you hold for several moments, or minutes when you are more experienced. Doing this requires concentrating on what you are doing which, in turn, means you are not thinking about anything else. It allows you to stay in the present, focussed on what you are doing, not on your problems.
While yoga has been used by millions to help with musculoskeletal pain, your case is unique to you. Suffering back pain can be severely debilitating. You should always consult a professional before undertaking any exercise. Most yoga teachers will be able to let you know if they can help, but you may need physio or prescribed painkillers. If yoga is recommended for you, or if you are just interested in its benefits, then seriously consider giving it a try. After all, learning yoga could help to ease your back pain and even prevent you having the same problem again, restoring a freedom of movement you thought had gone forever.