New research shows that yoga may help people who have moderate to severe low back pain. If you’re interested in trying yoga for back pain relief, make sure to ask your doctor first, especially if you have any kind of back or spine injury.
While yoga is generally safe in healthy people, you should consult your doctor is you have a joint replacement, arthritis, balance problems, high blood pressure, or other health issues.
Many people experience some type of back pain during their lifetime. Usually, back pain will get better on its own. However, if you have severe pain or your pain continues for more than three days, make sure to see an orthopaedic specialist. The same holds true if you have numbness, muscle weakness or pain radiating down your leg. It’s always best to have serious back pain issues evaluated.
If you’re cleared to try yoga for back pain relief, look for an instructor who’s experienced and gone through extensive training. How much training an instructor needs before teaching varies widely in gyms and yoga studios.
Once you find a qualified yoga instructor, make sure you let them know about any medical issues you have. Always listen to your body. You can modify every yoga pose to suit your individual ability. Don’t try to do what the person next to you is doing. Everyone practices yoga at their own level and pace. If you’re older, modify or avoid certain poses to prevent injury. Some people can injure their muscles during yoga by over-stretching.
Women who are pregnant and people with certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, glaucoma (a condition in which fluid pressure within the eye slowly increases and may damage the eye’s optic nerve), and sciatica (pain, weakness, numbing, or tingling that may extend from the lower back to the calf, foot, or even the toes), should modify or avoid some yoga poses.
The latest study on yoga and back pain suggests that a structured yoga class may be an option for treating chronic low-back pain.
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