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How Yoga Can Help Your Back Pain

Your chiropractor may recommend physical activities such as yoga in addition to their hands-on manipulations to provide you relief from your pain. You may be wondering how yoga affects your back pain and whether it is the right activity for your health condition. Read on for more information about how yoga classes can benefit your musculoskeletal structure.

How is yoga good for back pain?

Yoga strengthens your back muscles, which is vital in reducing lower back and chronic neck pain symptoms, as well as other conditions caused by pressure on the spine. This is because your yoga poses need to be held for an extended period of time, which gives individual muscles that you may not use on a daily basis the chance for regular use.In addition, a lot of back pain can be caused by tension in the nervous system. Yoga has long been proven to be beneficial for your mental and physical health due to its ability to relax the body. This then relieves any excess tension that is causing your back pain.Yoga can also help if your lower back pain is caused by poor posture or a lack of good ergonomics at work or when using screens. The poses can help to realign your skeletal structure, much like other chiropractic techniques such as adjustments and massage.Yoga for back pain can also help you to stabilize the spine and ensure that the muscles supporting your back are able to work properly. This means that, with the right form, performing poses on a regular basis can help to prevent injuries and painful conditions which may affect your quality of life.

What are the best yoga poses for back pain?

NOTE: It is best to practice these poses with a licensed instructor before attempting them at home without supervision.The Downward Facing Dog is one of the most famous poses. It is vital for improving back pain as it can help to stretch and strengthen your gluteus maximus and quadriceps. It also helps to lengthen your spine. You can perform this pose by getting onto all fours, putting your weight on your hands, and lifting your knees.The Extended Triangle is also popular for those facing back pain and sciatica as it focuses on the spine, hips, and chest in order to relieve tension in the body and stretch your muscles. The pose involves standing with a wide stance then stretching to the left or right, placing the proper hand on the mat while stretching the opposite arm upward and outward.The Bridge is another instantly recognizable pose. It also has several health benefits, including stretching the spine and relieving stress in the body that may be causing pain. The relieving of stress may include headache relief.The Cat-Cow is a combination of two poses that helps you to gently flex and extend the spine, which can help relieve lower back tension. The poses also help you familiarize yourself with your spine’s neutral position, which will help you improve your posture. Your neck and shoulders are also stretched, helping reduce chronic neck pain. To do these poses, hand on all fours with your knees and toes on the yoga mat. From that position slowly alternate between lowering your head and raising your back (Cat), then raising your head and arching your back in (cow).

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How do you know if yoga practice is right for your pain?

Yoga is only right for some people who are experiencing lower back pain, and you should speak to your chiropractor before booking regular sessions. In some cases, improper or excessive physical activity can worsen back pain. If you do not perform yoga under the supervision of a qualified instructor or use the right form, you risk overextending or straining muscles.
You may also be able to get advice on whether yoga is good for your back pain by visiting a general practitioner, who will have access to the latest information on how yoga can help your specific health condition.

Yoga and chiropractic care for back pain.

Chiropractic treatment can be combined with yoga in order to maximize its benefits. Spinal manipulation can help to recreate the space between the vertebrae of the spine and release any decompression on the spinal nerves.
Walk-in to any SnapCrack Chiropractic location to get an adjustment whenever it is convenient for you! We can help you get rid of your back pain. We have several locations, including new offices in Miami Beach and Hialeah coming soon.

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