How Yoga Can Be Used to Relieve Back Pain
Have you tried everything that conventional medicine has to offer for your spinal problem but are still hurting—and as such are looking for an alternative?
Or perhaps a friend or family member has been urging you to try yoga, saying that it “worked miracles” for their lower back pain. Or you may simply instinctively feel that if you did yoga every day, you could “work out the kinks” that cause the discomfort in your back.
Most likely, you are on the right track with this thinking. But if you suffer from back or neck pain, some preliminary knowledge is in order to help keep your yoga practice safe, productive, and tailored to your specific needs.
For someone who lives with back or neck pain, finding the right yoga class (and participating in it) can be a bit like “swimming with the sharks.” You, your teacher and friends, and your fellow yogis may mean well with their suggestions, but unfortunately, this does not guarantee the experience is a good fit for you.