Back Pain can range from dull, constant pain to sharp pains that leave you doubled over. If you’ve experienced chronic back pain, you’re well aware of how incapacitating it can be. According to data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) 11.3 percent of Americans, 25.3 million people, suffer from chronic back pain.
If you’re one of those people, you don’t have to suffer through that pain or rely on pain medication to get through your daily life. One potential alternative is a daily yoga routine. Always make sure to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen, but consider yoga as a holistic alternative to help with chronic back pain.
A study from the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical center proved just how effective yoga can be for reducing chronic pain. In the study, the subjects who had chronic back pain were split into three groups. One group received twelve weeks of yoga classes focused on reducing back pain, one group had fifteen physical therapy sessions over the same twelve weeks, and the last group was given educational newsletters and books about reducing back pain. The results of the study showed that while all three groups noticed improvements over the twelve weeks, those who practiced yoga were significantly more likely to have given up painkillers for back pain in the year following.
Simply put, a structured yoga routine can help reduce or eliminate back pain over time. Not only that but with a consistent yoga routine those results can have a lasting effect on your body. How exactly does yoga help reduce chronic back pain? It may seem like an oxymoron to add movement to an area that is already causing pain. While you don’t want to exasperate the pain, focused movement could be what’s missing from your healing!
If you’re still doubtful, here’s a few examples of the benefits of yoga for back pain:
- Strengthens Muscles. Yoga helps strengthen muscles through holding yoga positions for a concentrated amount of time. Many positions focus on the abdominal and spine area, gently conditioning the muscles. As the muscles grow stronger, they are more able to support your spine and can provide relief for chronic pain.
- Stress Relief. Yoga acts as a form of stress relief with focus on stretching and breathing techniques. Reduction in stress can help eliminate the way we stress carry our muscles. Think about the times you may have felt your neck and shoulders tightening up due to stress. Yoga can act as a release for those tense muscles, while also providing you with calming tools to use the next time stress hits.
- Improves Posture. Consistent yoga can improve posture through its focus on balance and alignment. Improved posture can reduce back pain caused by slouching or being out of alignment. Having bad posture can play a major role in chronic back pain. If you stop that behavior at the source, you could potentially eliminate the pain altogether.
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If you have chronic back pain, don’t just take our word for it. Join us for some yoga classes and see how your chronic back pain improves over time! Give us a call today at (586) 991-0760 to find a yoga class that fits into your schedule.