Low Back Pain is one of the most common reasons why people visit doctors in America today. The funny thing is that doctors and even physical therapists are not able to offer long term help. While immediate and short term relief are readily available, Yoga is the best way to prevent and relieve back pain for good, as it has the potential to repair overall posture and rebuild patterns of movement necessary for a healthy spine.
The primary cause of these challenges are posture habits. In our world today it becomes almost impossible to avoid common deteriorations of the spine through our everyday movements like driving, interacting with electronics, sitting on sofas and chairs. Our daily movement patterns have not caught up with the evolutions of working and social needs.
Daily group Yoga classes are excellent ways to counter these challenges and avoid initial or reoccurring back pain. The primary benefit to a yoga practice is that the posterior chain -- the back body running from the backs of your heels to the back of your neck -- is activated. Actions like stretching and opening the hamstrings will be huge for finding relief and beginning to create healthy movement patters.
If you have struggled with back pain in the past, or teachers, if you have a student who you know needs extra help here, be sure to avoid lumbar (low back) twisting actions and any rounded back movements, especially during forward folds. Anytime weight or rotation is being asked of your back, you will want to ensure that you are able to fully engage your core, keep your hips level and avoid adding additional strain to the lumbar spine.
If you currently have an injury or are experiencing pain, you will need to see a Certified Yoga Therapist. Learn more about scheduling a session at www.yogadeza.com/yoga-therapy.