As practitioners of holistic health care, we admire the power of yoga as a self-care and healing tool. For people suffering with back pain, yoga is an indelible method for the daily management of symptoms and many of our patients find that they simply cannot go a day without putting in a few poses. It is worth mentioning, however, that certain poses and yoga habits can actually exacerbate the problem. For the purpose of this blog, we will focus on compression-related injuries and what to avoid/focus on when using yoga to account for them.
Compression is defined as any injury or condition in which undue pressure is placed on the spinal cord. Degenerative illnesses, ruptured discs, bone spurs and acute injury can all cause compression, among many other factors. This brand of spinal pain is life-altering and most people will have to live and manage the pain for the rest of their lives. Enter yoga, which has long been used to improve symptoms related to compression suffering. Our guidelines for using yoga to account for compression include:
It is important to know which poses can actually worsen the pain. For compression-related pain, poses to avoid include:
You should never start a new plan to account for your back pain without first consulting a health care professional. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we are in the business of helping people get an accurate diagnosis and picture of their back pain before we implement any holistic care strategies. Once we know the exact cause of your pain, we can begin incorporating modalities such as chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture and yoga to make powerful changes in your pain. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please give our new office in Brooklyn a call to make an appointment today.