Many people suffer from back pain and desire to help alleviate symptoms with yoga. Are you one of them? Yoga has helped thousands of people overcome sciatica, lower back pain, stiff shoulders and necks, and a myriad of other ailments all related to overused muscles in the spine, hips and shoulders. If you stand or sit in the same position for more than eight hours a day, you are especially prone to back pain, but you can remedy your discomfort with a few yoga asanas that particularly target this troublesome area of the body.
Asana or Surgery for back pain?
The first important thing to consider, before resorting to painful and expensive surgeries to alleviate back pain is movement. The body needs to stretch and move in order to facilitate deeper blood flow through the spinal nerves and to keep the cartilaginous discs healthy. Some activities that can greatly reduce lower back pain include poses like Legs up the Wall, also called Viparita Karani, or other spinal twisting poses like Marichyasana, a seated twisting pose named after an ancient yogic sage which comes in numerous variations. Once the sacrum (the lowest part of the spine where blood flow has a tendency to stagnate) is opened and stretched, much relief can be realized.
Sun Salutations to Help Alleviate Back Pain
As you move through a series of synchronized movements often utilized in Sun Salutations, that join with a deep breath, you will experience a strengthening of your postural muscles so that you can maintain better posture throughout the day and decrease back pain, along with other ailments commonly experienced due to tightness in the muscles and ligaments of the body. Lower back painis especially alleviated since you build up your legs, and core muscles, and lengthen the spine to decrease the compression of the lower vertebrae.
If your back pain is due to a congenital birth defect or a disease such as Scoliosis, you will benefit even more from strengthening and stretching the body. Although lowerback pain is more often caused by lifestyle issues, such as being overweight or living a sedentary lifestyle, it can also be caused by defect, disease or injury. Car accidents are a large reason for people experiencing lower back pain, neck pain and radiating pain in their legs, similar to sciatica.
If your back pain is due to an injury instead of lifestyle or a birth-defect or disease, then you should be careful about attempting movement, and should seek the help of a highly skilled chiropractor or massage therapist as a means to alleviating muscle tension before starting to add movement to your daily lifestyle. Sometimes lower backpain as well as discomfort in the hips, neck or shoulders can be the result of muscle spasms.
Letting Go of Muscle Tightness
When a muscle spasms, it is due to over strain of a particular area of the body, often muscles of the lower back, shoulders or neck, but can also be due to tightness elsewhere in the body that then pulls the spine out of alignment. If you’ve ever reached across a tablet o pick up a pen and felt excruciating lower back pain, you know what this is like. Before attempting to heal the body with movement, the muscles and fascia encasing the muscles must relax. Massage and adjustment can be very beneficial for early stages of back pain.
Surgery should only be a last-ditch effort to alleviate back pain. Even if you have suffered from low back pain and stiffness for what seems like decades, there are alternative therapies that can help not just to alleviate the symptoms but cure them altogether, and yoga is one of the most successful ways of repairing current damage or preventing it in the future.