Yoga can be a highly effective treatment for back pain.
Our instructor within the Spine Center practices Viniyoga, a form of yoga that uses mindful movement coordinated with breath to support the spine, create space between the vertebrae and increase blood flow. Every student in our yoga classes is assessed individually, so that movements can be tailored to specific needs and abilities. You won’t be doing pretzel poses or pushing through painful contortions. Instead, you’ll be learning how to work with your body and your breath to alleviate back pain gently and naturally.
In between weekly classes, you’ll be encouraged to follow up at home with a 15-minute series of poses. As you practice the routine, your body will become acclimated to moving differently as you pay more attention to and begin to change dysfunctional movement patterns that could be causing or exacerbating your back pain.
Conditions Yoga Can Help
Patients with sciatica, compressed discs, herniated discs or asymetries in the lower back and sacroiliac joint, in addition to conditions of the upper back, neck and shoulders — have frequently found pain relief through the practice of yoga. You don’t need to be flexible to try yoga, but yoga can help you to become more flexible. Just be sure to talk to your doctor first.
Why Yoga Works
Many of our dysfunctional movement patterns and daily habits — including slouching in front of the computer and hunching over digital devices — can put a strain on the neck and back. The regular practice of yoga can strengthen the muscles that support the spine and teach you new ways of sitting, walking and breathing that can help minimize or alleviate pain. Yoga also focuses on oppositional movement – moving one part of your body in one direction as another part moves in the opposite direction. This can help to relieve pain in conditions where bones and joints are compressed.