Today one quarter Americans suffer from chronic low back pain. In a 2006 survey by the National Center for Health Statistics, more than one in four respondents said low back pain was a chronic problem.
Things have been getting worse recently. A recent survey by the American Pain Foundation found that seven out of every 10 people who experienced acute back pain in the past year said that the recession caused, increased or affected their pain. Acute back pain may lead to chronic back pain.
Research Proves Reiki Yoga is a Good Natural Way for Low Back Pain Relief
In 2006, the Settled-based Group Health Cooperative’s Center for Health Studies (GHCCHS) found that reiki yoga is more effective than conventional exercises such as aerobic, strengthening, and stretching exercise in healing chronic low back pain.
In 2009 researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center found that Hatha yoga may be more effective than standard treatment for reducing chronic low back pain. In the study, yoga participants’ use of pain medicines decreased by 80 percent, while their pain scores decreased by one-third.
Before Doing Reiki Yoga Exercise for Lower Back Pain Healing
There are some things to consider before beginning your yoga practice:
Low back pain stemmed from injury and trauma to the spine (i.e. back pain that results after a fall or injury) should be diagnosed and treated by a physician clinically trained in spine care as soon as possible.
Severe back pain caused by a ruptured or herniated discs should consider surgery.
Tips for Yoga Exercise for Low Back Pain
Remember the following before beginning your yoga practice
Viniyoga is recommended. The participants in GHCCHS’s study chose viniyoga, a style that’s easy to learn and allows poses to be adapted for use by various body types.
Excessive or immoderate reiki yoga exercise may cause body injuries and severer back pain. In GHCCHS’s and BUSM’s studies, the yoga group participated in 12 weekly 75-minute classes that included postures, breathing techniques, and meditation, and were encouraged to do home practice for 30 minutes daily.
Yogic Remedies for Back Pain
Doctors have long treated back injuries with a combination of bed rest and pain medication. Yoga exercises, however, can relieve back pain by releasing muscle tension and lengthening the spine to relieve pressure on the discs. A carefully constructed yoga practice strengthens core muscles and improves posture and balance to prevent further back injury.
The Effects of Yoga Exercise on Back Pain
Back pain has so many causes that traditional medicine often finds itself able only to help patients cope with the symptoms. Those who suffer from back pain caused by disc injury, scoliosis, sciatica and muscle strain, among other conditions, can use yoga exercises for pain relief.
While most people understand that strong core muscles are key to healing back pain and preventing further injury, many misinterpret this advice and focus on strengthening abdominal muscles alone. Overly tight, short abdominal muscles can, in fact, exacerbate back problems and cause more pain.
A balanced yoga practice lengthens and strengthens all of the body’s muscles to improve balance and posture, resolve issues with gait and relieve muscle tension and stress.
Safe Yoga Therapy for Pain Treatment
If you’re not careful, you can do your back further harm by practicing inappropriate poses or by practicing poses incorrectly. Don’t rush into a yoga back pain treatment plan without consulting a medical professional (so you know exactly what’s wrong with your back) and a qualified yoga teacher who can tailor a practice to your needs.
Choose a yoga teacher who has experience using yoga therapy for treating back pain. A good yoga therapist can tailor your practice not only to your pain management needs, but also to your personal levels of fitness, stamina and flexibility. He or she will modify your practice as you make progress.
Don’t push yourself too hard. Don’t attempt to do poses that might make your problem worse; your teacher will let you know which poses may be contraindicated for you. If your back injury is recent, take it easy and remember that healing is a process. Perform your poses with care and be especially diligent about not slipping out of alignment while transitioning from one pose to another.
The stress-relieving benefits of meditation and restorative poses like Shavasana (Corpse Pose) may help to greatly reduce back pain caused by stress and other psychological factors.
Healing Back Pain Requires Personal Effort
If you suffer from a back injury or chronic spinal condition, your doctor can administer pain medications and may recommend some bed rest or core-strengthening exercises. But research has shown that an appropriately tailored yoga program can bring lasting relief from back pain and prevent further injury by improving balance and correcting postural problems.
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