Yoga for Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

The anatomy of the lower back includes muscles, ligaments, tendons, vertebrae, discs and bones coming together creating joints. All of these can come into play when we are trying to find out the source of our pain. Muscles can seize up into spasms, vertebrae can shift around compressing discs and nerves, joints can misalign causing friction and inflammation and so on. Often when one of these is affected, it will set a domino effect on its surroundings since everything is connected. Some of the causes are due to bad posture, work position, weak core muscles, stress, pregnancy, lack of flexibility or other structural problems like scoliosis or a shorter leg. Other factors that can give us back pain include kidney and ovarian problems, or tumors located in this area. If this is your case it is best to consult a doctor but if not yoga can be a great way to alleviate the pain and prevent it from coming back.

Yoga for Lower Back Pain

Yoga is a gentle way to work out the body. Practicing this exercise will increase circulation warming up tense muscles and relaxing spasms and knots. The new blood that comes in will bring a fresh supply of nutrients and oxygen allowing the body to repair itself as well as clear out any toxins created by a painful area. Increasing circulation in a specific area will also allow inflammation to reduce and relieve any stiffness that comes with this. The stretches done in yoga allow the muscles to extend and convince them to let go and release. Once this happens, they will tug less on the bones that they are attached to allowing surrounding joints, ligaments and tendons to be in their appropriate location. With yoga, we can increase our range of movement so that we can move around freely with no restrictions. Some of the posture will allow us to work the muscles making them stronger to be able to support a good posture and preventing us from having aches and pains.

Precautions: If you are pregnant, have any disabilities, have severe or chronic medical conditions it is best to check with a physician or yoga instructor before starting to practice yoga. They will be able to assess your case and recommend a proper routine. It is important to feel a good stretch however you should stay within your limitations to avoid injury. This article is for information purposes only.

Yoga for Lower Back Pain


~ by 1bizzybee on May 20, 2010.

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