Is Yoga good for your back pain? Well, the answer is, ‘It depends’.
It depends because everyone is different, and what worked for someone you know may not work for you.
We all have different pain tolerance levels, and we each manage pain in a different way.
The pranayama (breathing excercises) and meditation aspects of Yoga could certainly help ease your pain. But be careful when doing any of the Yoga asanas (postures) because you may end up doing yourself more harm than good.
If you suffer from back pain it’s best to consult with your doctor to find out the cause before you start on any form of exercise program.
Yoga could be an excellent choice for you provided:
- A medical diagnosis for the cause of your back pain has been made, and
- You have received clearance from your doctor to practice Yoga, and
- Your Yoga teacher has been trained in Yoga Therapy for Back Pain
To understand the causes for back pain you will first need a basic understanding of the spine.
In simple terms, the spine has a wide solid base at the hips and gradually narrows up towards the neck. The spinal area close to the hips is designed for support and stability rather than flexibility, whereas the spinal area closer to the neck gives you more freedom of movement. That’s why you are able to turn the upper part of our body more freely than you can the lower part.
Right at the base of your spine you have what’s called the coccyx. Among other things, this bone helps to support and stabilise you when you are sitting down.
Back Pain can occur in any part of your spine and can be caused by one or more of the following things:
- Posture misalignment
- Muscular imbalance
- Spinal disc or joint conditions
- Connective tissue
- Emotional stress
In future blogs I will talk about some of the conditions associated with the causes of back pain, and I will provide some tips and asanas that may help alleviate some of the pain associated with those conditions.