May 27 | The Practice | The Science |
Back pain is one of the leading causes of physical complaints in this country and around the world. Whether caused by overly assertive exercise, lifting something that's too heavy or the most common cause – years of a sedentary lifestyle sitting in cars, in front of computers and on the couch – back pain affects almost 80% of the general population.
While some types of back pain originate in the back/spine itself, back pain is often a result of imbalance or weakness in another area of the body. A weakened core, tight hips and hamstrings and poor posture can all lead to back pain. For this reason doctors and physical therapists often recommend yoga for the treatment of back pain. The practice addresses weaknesses and imbalance throughout the entire body. It is also great for building strength, increasing flexibility, reducing stress and elevating mood – all of which contribute to a happy, healthy back.
So what are the best postures for back pain? Here are SIX simple yet effective poses that relieve low back pain:
Regardless of whether or not you have back pain, yoga is a great way to align, strengthen and restore your spine to optimal health. All of our classes begin with gentle warm-up movements that focus on the 6 movements of the spine: forward flexion, extension, right and left rotation, and right and left side bending. These warm-up exercise open and prepare the body for movement.