I have been thinking about the Good news Bad news of Yoga and injuries and having finally been doing back bends with little or no pain over the past month, I thought I would do a quick video review on a couple of points I have been able to learn. You may ask how a injury can be good news ? This post covers a bit of Anatomy and Physiology, a couple of concepts about being more aware in your approach to your yoga practice.
How you can turn a simple piece of rope into a home traction device, ( Traction is a term used by orthopedic and chiropractic doctors to describe the any treatment that pulls or lengthens the spine apart as opposed to squishing it together) that strengthens and loosens the muscles surrounding the spine naturally—so you can eliminate the source of the pain. While you would work on treating the issues that are behind the underlying cause.
The Yoga Trapeze (This looks like it would be a safer alternative to what I am doing in this video and has a lot more applications and a solid back support)
While there are dozens of causes for yoga injuries like back pain, the physical manifestation is almost always the same: some form of compression, a squishing of the vertebrae into one another. If your lower back, neck or shoulders suffer from recurring pain and after you exercise (yoga, jogging, etc) this may help. The Yoga trapeze looks like it would be more A LOT more comfortable that the rope system that is demonstrated in the video above (basically with the dead-simple treatment of traction your back pain can be eased)
A healthy spine has full, firm, and resilient disk tissues that allow for complete range of motion. After sitting all day in an office, driving a car or doing yoga for years with incorrect form that overloads one muscle at the expense of others, it’s very likely that some of your disks are not in great shape . So watch all these things are take some form of action to get on top of it.
Books referenced in the video
Anatomy and Physiology Version 6
This is the version I have which you can get a 2nd hand copy at this link
Anatomy and Physiology 7th Edition The latest version.
The Psoas Book Liz Koch