Yoga has been one of the meditation techniques employed even during the early times. The main objective of yoga is to maintain or assume a state of mind in which you can reflect or meditate on certain things. However, yoga has been already used in various therapies such as for back health. In fact, yoga has been very effective in maintaining back health more effective than traditional exercises for back health.
Back problems have been one of the major complaints of adults associated with their occupations and activities. Rehabilitation has been the most important tool in order to achieve a healthy back and relieve back problems. Common rehabilitative techniques include physical therapy, stretching exercises, massage as well as chiropractic care. Today, yoga has also been used for this purpose. As always, you should consult your doctor and/or Wesley Chapel chiropractor before and during your first few weeks of yoga.
How do Yoga Improve Back health?
When doing yoga, you can benefit from the following advantages:
• Yoga enhances the muscles strength of specific muscle groups that help to support the spine. When this is achieved, it also increases the strength and flexibility of the major muscles on the back.
• Yoga improves the flexibility of the back muscles. When the back muscles become flexible, it allows for more efficient rotation of the spine and prevents muscle strain near the spine during rotation movements; thereby preventing spinal subluxations.
• Yoga increases the flexibility of the muscles in the hips and shoulders. When the shoulders and the hips are improved, it tends to reduce the strain and burden on the back in order to carry the weight.
• Yoga enhances the blood circulation on the tissues along the spine. During yoga, the stretching postures allow the blood flow to increase in the spine; thereby improving the health of the discs in the spine.
• Yoga promotes proper spinal alignment. Yoga also allows the person to assume lengthening exercises on the spine, which allows the discs and spine to assume more normal alignment. Patients with slipped disc may benefit from this because as the vertebrae are separated during spinal stretches, the discs may return to their original position.
Aside from improving the muscles and blood circulation on the back, yoga also improves the breathing pattern of the person, which connects every breath with every movement; thereby becoming more aware of the movements that may lead to back pain.
Special Precautions when Doing Yoga
Before undergoing yoga for back health, it is best to consult your physician in order to determine the yoga postures that you need to avoid, the level of yoga that you can perform, and the possible interactions of yoga to any possible medications you may be taking.
It is also important to undertake precautions when performing yoga because some of the yoga postures may contribute to more pain and back problems. Avoid unilateral movements such as Warrior 3 pose and Tree pose because it may put stress on the sacroilial joint aggravating low back pains. Also, limit deep standing yoga postures because it may put strain on the joints.
You can start yoga exercises at low intensity and progressing gradually in order to prevent sudden strain on the body. Make sure to follow the recommendations of your physician as well as your yoga instructor for improved back health.