Yoga and Back pain

Back pain, one of the common problems of present day, is caused due to stress and tension in the muscles that support the spine. Sedentary lifestyle, stress, overuse or under use of the back, postural mistakes are unconscious triggers to the widespread problem of back pain. Regular exercise is a redeeming feature that brings relief to back pain.
Backache strikes when the muscles are under fatigue, commonly at the neck or lumbar region (where most twisting, turning or bending occurs). Frequent backaches occur due to overstrained or over stretched muscles, improper sitting positions, stress, lumbar scoliosis and earlier injuries. Many conditions cause back pain and they can be treated with conscious and gentle yoga practice. It has proven to be a safe and effective way to alleviate many forms of back pain and prevent its recurring bouts. However, all cases of back pain need to be evaluated by a medical expert for diagnosis and treatment.
What are the benefits of Yoga?
Yoga strengthens muscle groups. Many postures in yoga strengthen the back and abdominal muscles and help the body maintain a proper upright posture and movement. Stretching and relaxation reduces tension in stress carrying muscles. When these muscles are well conditioned, it helps to offset back pain.
Yoga eases lower back pain, by stretching and strengthening the muscles of the lower back. It increases blood circulation, which brings healing nutrients to the injured tissues. Yoga also helps maintain a natural curvature of the spine that is crucial in avoiding lower back pain.
Thus, Yoga is an excellent therapy for healing injured and sore back muscles, speeding time to recover from an injury and preventing re injury. It also reduces the risk of disability due to back pain. In short, Yoga increases awareness of the body and keeps the body healthy and supple.
Some common asanas to treat backache include tadasana samasthithi, tadasana urdhva hastasana, tadasana urdhva, baddha, hastasana, utthita trikosana, utthita parsvakonasana, ardha chandrasana, prasarita padottanasana, the butterfly pose, the cobra pose, the camel pose, the fish pose or matsyasana, the locust or shalabhasana etc. All these asanas are safe and easy to follow and can be performed by people of any age group.

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