Millions of people around the world suffer from chronic back pain. While there are many reasons for this problem, it has been said that the main reason is the sedentary life we lead. Compared to our ancestors, we move a lot less than they did.
Our ancestors spent very little time sitting, while we are the exact opposite. We sit at our desks the whole day staring at the computer. We sit while driving to work. We sit more than ever before and that is one of the major causes of back pain.
If you understand our spinal column then you might figure out why your back hurts. Your spine is made up of vertebral bones and in between them are soft, spongy, gel like discs. These discs act as a cushion to prevent the bones from rubbing against each other.
When you bend forwards or backwards too often, or sit for too long, the gel gets squished disproportionately to the front or back. The cushion is no longer well aligned, and the disc will get swollen and hurt. If the swelling presses up against a nerve, the pain is much worse.
Since we tend to sit too long, and do less exercise and stretching, our muscles become tighter and less flexible. When your hamstrings are tight, the muscles on the lower back become strained just trying to keep the back straight. It’s this constant strain that causes your back pain.
The good news is that yoga is excellent for solving all these problems! Not only will you become more flexible, your body will be aligned and balanced.
Ensure that your yoga session has a balanced proportion of poses. Those suffering from back pain will want to avoid overdoing the forward bends or other moves that hurt the back further. Pain is not gain here.
If your back is still bothering you, let your yoga instructor know. If they’re any good, they should be able to recommend specific poses that will help ease the pressure on your back and alleviate your pain.
By practicing these poses daily, you will strengthen your core muscles and stretch out your other muscles. Strong core muscles mean that your back muscles are not constantly strained trying to maintain your posture.
Yoga will also help you lose weight in the long run. By losing the excess weight, there is less strain on your joints and spinal discs. Less strain means less pain in your back.
The different poses and breathing techniques will help to improve circulation sending nutrient rich blood to parts of your body that badly need it. Toxins will also be flushed out so your overall health will get better with yoga.
The beauty about yoga is that even those with back pain can do it slowly and in a controlled manner. The same can’t be said of other forms of exercise such as cardio or resistance training. So, if you have back pain, yoga is your discipline of choice. Do it and reap the benefits.