A common misconception among back pain sufferers is that they must restrict movement of all kinds until pain has diminished. While it is true that one should not engage in activities that cause or worsen pain, it is important to realize that physician-approved exercise is a vital component of any back pain treatment plan. Targeted exercise can promote healing and help strengthen the back, possibly reducing future injury. Thus, it may be perfectly appropriate to explore yoga as a low back pain treatment.
Depending on the severity of the underlying source of your pain, without physician advice do not perform more advanced and challenging forms of yoga. Engaging in a less strenuous regimen of low back pain stretches is more appropriate.
The Benefits of Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga is a modified and simplified version of yoga created specifically for stress reduction and injury rehabilitation. Instead of complex or intimidating physical poses — which, again, a back pain sufferer may not be able to execute — restorative yoga involves a repertoire of simpler poses and movements that are supported by pillows, blankets or blocks. The purpose of such exercises is to place the body into comfortable positions that encourage healing, within a relaxed state, in order to achieve lasting lower back pain relief.
Exercise Caution While Practicing Yoga
As with any exercise regimen, it is important to consult your physician before beginning yoga therapy. Additionally, it is wise to consult a yoga trainer who is familiar with helping people rehabilitate from their injuries. If, while doing yoga, your low back pain increases or worsens, you should stop immediately and contact your physician. It is possible that your condition is more serious. Your physician will suggest surgery as a treatment option. In that case we encourage you to contact Laser Spine Institute.
Additional Treatment Options for Low Back Pain
The orthopedic experts at Laser Spine Institute correct the causes of lower back pain using endoscopic technology. Our procedures are minimally invasive and pose fewer risks than open spine surgeries. For more information and to request a free review of your MRI or CT scan, contact us today.