Yoga for Back Pain

If you are suffering from a  back problem, you will want to get an okay from your doctor before you try any  yoga poses.

Back pain can result from a biomechanical imbalance in spinal structures.

Your doctor can advise any of these”

  • movements to avoid
  • may know of a good teacher
  • modifications for safety.
  • possible interactions with  your medication.

Best to Find a Good Teacher.

Be sure to inform your yoga teacher of any pain or problems in your body, BEFORE the class starts. A good yoga teacher will be able to offer modifications like props and variations to make each pose right for you. You should never feel pain while doing yoga. A stretch and maybe a challenge to the muscle, but if it hurts, back off or stop.

Which Style of Yoga Do I Choose

There are about as many types of yoga, as there are denominations in the church.  Well maybe not quite.

Iyengar yoga is very popular among back pain sufferers, as well as yoga teachers who focus on improving back pain for people. This style of yoga, focuses a lot of attention on proper form. Do the  pose correctly, so you strenthen and stretch the body properly, without straining something. Lots of props, like bolsters, belts, blocks and more, are used to make the poses doable, by even stiff people. Almost anyone can participate. The poses are adapted to each individuals body.

The smartest and most experienced yoga yeacher I know is Lillah Schwartz. She has been teaching teachers for 25 years.

Enjoy one of her videos now. She shares with us a very relaxing pose, Supta Baddha Konasana. You don’t need to be able to pronounce it, in order to enjoy it.

Lillah has a back pain video on her website

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I have taken yoga classes from Lillah and she gave me some great pointers. One of the mistakes I had been making, even after 15+ years of doing yoga, was not straightening my legs when doing a forward bend. After making the change she suggested, my hamstrings improved quickly.

Written By Jeff on January 21st, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

I actually recommend to my patients that yoga is an ideal method to maintain a healthy spine. IT may not always be best to remove your back pain, but it works well to keep you supple and flexible.

Back pain relief is an essential goal for those with back pain. You need to look at removing the causes and then adding in techniques such as yoga to maintain good spinal health.

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Great article and hopefully more people will learn to care better for their spine.

Written By Dr Graeme Teague on February 24th, 2009 @ 8:27 am

Nice, thanks for share! lower leg pain

Written By kevin001 on March 26th, 2009 @ 8:41 am

I am intested in a better life and health.
My lower back tightens to the point where I have to sit if I walk too far. This has happened since I was a child. At times I grasp to the spindles of the bed until tension releases and I can sleep.
My right hip is turned and countless adjustments at the Chiropractic Office have helped but it is never permanent. I throw my right foot when I walk and it hampers a lot of what I wish to do.
I am overweight and need help with all the above.
Can my hip be corrected WITHOUT surgery?
Surely there is a cure and regimen which I will gladly do. Just what type of Yoga or OTHER things do you suggest? Anyone?

Written By Gregory on January 1st, 2010 @ 4:41 am

As a physical therapist I caution my back patients with using yoga when they are having current pain. Most lower back pain is associated with specific movements that aggravate the condition. For some, flexing the spine feels great and extending feels terrible. For others the opposite is true. Thus if you are going to do yoga, only do those stretches that feel good and that do not reproduce you pain. “Stretching through” pain will only make it worse.

~JTrempe PT, ATC

Written By Janelle on July 11th, 2010 @ 7:30 pm
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