Article by Glen Wood – The Yoga Teacher
Yogic breathing and upper body exercises, however, can be extremely beneficial. After successful treatment gradual resumption of lower body postures can be very effective for developing lower body and abdominal strength and stability helping you with your back pain. As with any discipline it is always best to find the best teachers you can, and to study diligently.
In the first randomized trial of Iyengar yoga and back pain, 60 participants were placed in either a yoga group or an educational group. Both programs lasted 16 weeks. Participants had experienced low back pain for an average of 11.2 years, and 48% used pain medication. At the end of the study and at a three-month follow-up, those in the yoga group had significant reductions in back pain intensity, functional disability (including spinal range of motion), and use of pain medication. The results compare favourably with results obtained with physical therapy.
Chronic pain may be associated with a range of physical, social and psychological components. Although you may have taken effective steps to eliminate or reduce the physical causes of your back pain, these may not have been enough to address any associated changes in your personality or mental health. An approach such as biofeedback helps address your state of mind and can help you relax muscles.
Although other types of Yoga offer variations to the poses for students with limitations, the emphasis is usually still on form, rather than function. Viniyoga can adapt every Asana not only to accommodate limitations, but also to achieve a different outcome from the same pose, or simply to enhance the results of any given pose for a particular body type.
You then learn how to produce these changes yourself. The goal is to help you enter a relaxed state in which you can better cope with your back pain. Reviews of studies on the use of biofeedback in people with chronic low back pain, show conflicting evidence regarding its effectiveness.
A new type of physica l therap y, called Souchard’s global postural re-education, helps relieve back pain symptoms due to degenerative disk disease, according to research presented at the 2005 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting. The method involves stretching weakened muscles around the spine and stomach. Researchers studied 102 people who had at least 7 months of severe back pain due to disk disease and who had received different types of treatment for more than 6 months.
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