Can Yoga Help Your Back Pain?
Anyone who has experienced lower back pain has also likely felt some relief after doing lower back stretches or other types of exercise. However, this relief is usually only temporary, especially if they are not done as part of a routine. Strengthening the core and back muscles is the best way to prevent lower back injuries and can be done over a long period. Yoga has proven to be one way to strengthen the muscles in these areas to reduce the amount of pressure on the spine. Whether you attend yoga classes frequently or if you’ve never even considered going to a class, you owe it to yourself to check out the short-term and long-term spine health benefits yoga offers. While yoga may not necessarily directly relieve back pain, there are some indirect benefits you may experience.
Yoga Strengthens Core Muscles
There are different levels of intensity in yoga classes, but all of them will strengthen your core muscles in some way when done properly. A strong core plays an important role in your spine health since it pulls in the abdominal muscles so excessive pressure isn’t placed on the lumbar area of your spine. If you have existing back pain, yoga may be uncomfortable for your first few sessions. However, many people slowly start experiencing pain relief after a consistent effort as their core gets stronger.
Reduce Stress And Blood Pressure Levels
If you visit a spine and orthopedic center about your back pain, the medical professional will evaluate your symptoms to determine a cause. Sometimes stress and elevated blood pressure levels are contributors to back pain, which yoga can help with as well. Yoga classes will help stretch your muscles in ways they may not be regularly, but it’s also relaxing for the mind. So in a way, yoga indirectly benefits your spine health by helping you reduce stress and also directly benefits it by strengthening your muscles.
Improve Blood Flow
One of the reasons why it’s suggested you do lower back stretches to relieve your back pain is because they improve the blood flow to the area. Improved blood flow can lead to quicker pain relief. It’s too common for people with an injured back to cease all significant physical activity to give their back some rest. While this may be necessary depending on the extent of the injury, movement and improved blood flow achieved through yoga classes will help you recover more quickly.
Take Your Yoga Classes Slowly
If you have existing back pain and want to try yoga, be sure to take it slow at first. Yoga can be extremely beneficial over time, but overdoing it at the beginning may lead to injuring yourself even more. The slow stretching you do as part of yoga may be different than the lower back stretches you do at home, so take it easy and be conscious of any type of unusual discomfort.
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