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Beyond Painkillers: Can Yoga Help Relieve Your Back Pain?

Updated: Jun 13, 2018

Back pain is one of the most common cause of physical discomfort nowadays. About 3.7 million Australians (16% of the total population) have back problems, based on self-reported data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2014–15. Yoga practices can help alleviate some of the symptoms of back conditions related to bones, connective tissues, joints, nerves and muscles of the back. Yoga and yoga therapy offer an opportunity for the back to gain better mobility and elasticity. A variety of postures get employed in order for the back muscles to get stretched and move in a way that lengthened the distance between the vertebras, bringing space into the spine as well as mobility into the affected joints. Different breathing techniques are employed to create greater lung capacity and free tension locked in the spine and other parts of the body. Mindfulness practices are another way where yoga can help manage strong sensations and pain levels. They allow for self care, deep rest, which is often needed when suffering from a chronic pain , and the de-excitation of the nervous system that gets bombarded by the stress build up.

A gentle practice or more invigorating one can be designed for your needs to help with conditions like disc disorders, posture alignment, curvature of the spine, sciatica etc.


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