When Compression is Your Problem- Spinal Healing Through Yoga

Yoga for compression injuries

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: 

  • A priority on being gentle in your movements.
  • Avoiding excessive transfer of forces and extreme movements.
  • Focusing on traction, or the lengthening of the spine during each sequence.
  • Avoiding poses that exacerbate your condition

It is important to know which poses can actually worsen the pain. For compression-related pain, poses to avoid include:

  1. Camel Pose
  2. Boat Pose
  3. Shoulder standing or legs-up-the-wall
  4. Seated forward folds or toe touching poses 

Using yoga to effectively account for your back pain in Park Slope

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. 

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