YOGA FOR LOWER BACKACHE

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Lower backache can have negative effects on a person’s overall quality of life.  Back pain can be debilitating, and a person who suffers from lower backaches can feel they are missing out on life and are susceptible to depression and anxiety.  People who suffer from lower back pain often mistakenly believe that rest is the best treatment.  Actually, strengthening the lower back is the best way to get rid of and prevent back ache.  Yoga for lower backache is one of the best ways to strengthen your lower back and prevent future pain and injury.

Most lower back aches are caused by stress and tension in the lower back, which is compounded by poor posture and weak muscles.  The proper sequence of yoga postures can strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, relieve stress, and alleviate pain.  Yoga also helps a person become more aware of their body, and yoga practitioners often unconsciously begin to maintain excellent posture.  Poor posture takes an incredible toll on the lower back, adding unnecessary weight and stress on the spinal cord.

Childs Pose

Lower back  problems can also be caused by life’s daily stresses and tensions.  Yoga naturally helps a person rid themself of anxiety, relieving physical strain caused by excess worry.  In turn, yoga practitioners find themselves with decreased pain caused by stress, wherever they accumulate tension, whether in headaches, backaches, or neck aches.

If the back aches as a result of injury, a person should see a physician to diagnose the injury and to get approval before embarking on any exercise routine.  Certain yoga postures can actually exacerbate lower back ache.  A trained yoga teacher can help you make sure you are practicing yoga for backache.  The wrong yoga postures can actually hurt rather than help.

After the recommended amount of rest has been taken, starting a regular yoga practice is the best way to reduce the chances of further injury to your lower back.  Most back injuries occur when a person strains their back, causing discs in their vertebrae to come out of place or ligaments to tear.  Yoga for lower back ache will strengthen those ligaments so injury caused by lifting heavy objects is less likely.  Yoga also teaches a person to be intrinsically aware of what their body is capable of.

Simply shifting the chore of lifting from the lower back to your stronger legs will reduce injury.   Poses that aid in relieving lower back pain strengthen the core of the body, lower back and abdominal regions.  When you are continuously stretching and taking proper care of your core, you will be keenly aware of when you begin mistreating it.

Here are some

postures that are proven to aid and prevent back ache:

RECLINING BOUND ANGLE POSE  ( with plenty of height)

SUPPORTED DOWNWARD DOG

ALTERNATE ARM AND LEG LIF

SUPPORTED STANDING FORWARD BEND ( BG) ON A CHAIR

TRIANGLE POSE ( BG)

EXTENDED LATERAL ANGEL  POSE BG  (re shoot)

ARDHA CHANDRASANA

PARSARITA PADOTTANASANA  ( WITH HEAD SUPPORT)

SALABHASANA

BHARADVAJASANA  (on a folded blanket near the wall )

SUPTA PADANGUSTASANA

RECLINING HAND TO BIG TOE POSE ( WITH STRAP)

RECLINING TWIST

SUPPORTED PASCHIMOTTANASANA

VIPARITA KARANI  ( on a bolster side roll)

SAVASANA

Want to visualize each pose before performing?  A video that demonstrates each pose is available in the Yoga Online members’ area.

 

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