Yoga For Back Pain
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Besides regular chiropractic adjustments, there are other things you can do on your own to help relieve your back pain. Exercise has been shown to improve the symptoms of back pain drastically. One of the most effective types of exercise for chronic back pain is yoga. Let’s look at how yoga can help improve your back pain.
Yoga is very effective at building strength in specific muscle groups since the entire practice is dedicated to holding poses for extending periods. Building endurance to hold these poses strengthens muscles, particularly in your abdominal core. When the core is strong, it takes pressure off of your back muscles that may be causing your pain.
Correcting Spinal Alignment
Yoga gently builds muscle, as opposed to other exercises that rapidly increase muscle gain like weightlifting. As you’re gradually building muscle, your back and core become stronger, allowing your spine to naturally align properly.
Combination of Stretching and Relaxation
Every pose in yoga is not only a strengthening move but a stretching one as well. When you stretch a muscle, it allows it to release built-up tension and eases it from a contracted stance. Stretching increases blood flow and allows the whole body to relax. The combination of stretching and relaxations is a huge pain reliever for the entire body, especially the back and spine.
Focus on Breathing
Breathing is a central focus in yoga. Studies have shown that mindful breathing, meaning slow, focused breaths, incorporated with stretching can significantly reduce chronic muscle pain.
When added to a healthy routine of exercise, proper diet and regular chiropractic care, yoga can be an immensely useful tool to help alleviate back pain. If you suffer from chronic back pain, talk to your chiropractor about how yoga could help relieve your symptoms.