Low back pain is one of the most common physical complaints from people in our society. It’s a billion -dollar business when accounting for total amount of trips to the doctor, pain medications, injections, surgeries, and loss of work production. At Body Evolution Physical Therapy & Wellness , a majority of our clients come to get help with lower back pain. These clients often ask if yoga would help their pain. We know yoga can be beneficial and research has shown yoga to be positive for low back pain, but we answer our clients with ‘it depends.’
Yoga has been around for centuries. It is a philosophy that is comprised the Eight Limbs. One of those limbs is called asana. Asana are the positions and postures that most people in the West think of as yoga. Most yoga studios are centered around this aspect of the practice. These movements and postures can range from simple to exceedingly difficult to perform. Yoga when performed safely and with guidance can be a great way to improve one’s strength, flexibility, and overall fitness not to mention help with lower back pain.
The reason why we answer our patients question about the benefit of yoga for low back pain with ‘it depends’ is because we believe there are factors that a new practitioner needs to know before starting yoga.
Here are some things to know before beginning a yoga practice.
Yoga can be a great therapeutic tool to overcome your low back pain. Just do your research before you start. At Body Evolution, Dr. Ryan completed a 200-hour training program from YogaWorks, and can give you advice on what styles of practice may be best for you. If you are just beginning yoga we can help guide you as you begin your practice and make sure you have the best postures/poses to help you get rid of your back pain. If you are an experienced practitioner and yoga is not helping your lower back pain we can help by using manual techniques and exercises specifically designed to get you back to your yoga practice.
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