Yoga and Pain Management
Yoga works on the body to reduce or eliminate pain by helping the brain’s pain center regulate the controlling mechanism located in the spinal cord. Yoga also assists the brain with secretion of natural painkillers through the body.
The act of controlling the breath in yoga also helps reduce pain. The body has a natural phenomenon built in to the nervous system, which keeps tension in the muscles "on stand by" when the lungs are full, or "pressurized".
The muscles will relax when you exhale, deflating the lungs. So lengthening the time of exhalation can help produce relaxation and reduce tension in the body.
Awareness of breathing helps to achieve smooth, slow respiration and aid in relaxation and pain management.
This can be practiced anywhere at anytime of the day, for a few minutes to a few hours.
By being more in touch with your body you are able to detect any form of imbalance early and deal with it accordingly.
Practicing relaxation on a regular basis builds greater self awareness.