As the common causes of back pain are poor posture and alignment, muscle tightness or weakness (especially around the core), over-flexibility and stress, yoga can be an effective back pain treatment.
The stretching, relaxing and balancing movements can improve flexibility in a controlled way, breathing fresh oxygen and nutrients to constricted areas, reducing pain, improving quality of life and increasing vitality.
You don't always need to get on a mat. Meditation can be a great way to reduce the psychological distress of backache and simple activities such as so-called Chair Yoga are a good start. You can sit at your desk at work, or in the comfort of your favourite armchair, and work through a series of exercises that should bring some relief.
For more serious ailments such as a slipped disc, always consult a doctor first.
What the clinical studies say
- Alleviates depression
- Fosters relaxation
- Improves balance
- Improves quality of life
- Improves vitality
- Increases flexibility
- Reduces functional disability
- Reduces pain
- Alleviates anger
- Pain acceptance
- Reduces psychological distress
- Pain Acceptance