Yoga for Treating Back Pain
A recent study showed that yoga may be as effective for treating back pain as physical therapy. This reduction in back pain also created a reduction in pain medication taken. With the chronic overuse of narcotics currently in our country, it’s great to see that there can be another alternative for managing pain.
Yoga is great for improving flexibility and strengthening the core and other stabilizing muscles that support the spine. It is important to keep a few things in mind if you decide to try yoga to relieve back pain:
- Seek out a reputable yoga studio or private practice teacher. Well trained yoga teachers will know how to instruct you in poses and provide modifications so you don’t get injured.
- Pay attention to how your body is feeling and don’t push beyond your edge. Allow your body to adapt and change, don’t force it.
- Pay attention to your form in poses. Listen closely to cues from the teacher. A good teacher will provide the help you need to hold poses properly.
- Be aware of the type of group yoga class you sign up for. If you are going to a studio, be sure to read the description of the class you intend to take. It should tell you what level the class is and what to expect.
You can read about the study here from CBS news.