Chronic back pain: yoga can help relieve it

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Yoga, a millenary practice, has proven to be effective in combating chronic back pain, especially in the lower back of older adults. By practicing yoga, people can avoid taking analgesics and medications for a long time, without exposing themselves to the undesirable effects of such drugs.

Yoga is an ancient system of relaxation, exercise and healing whose origins date back to India approximately 5 thousand years ago, and which has been described as “the union of mind, body and spirit”.

Healthy people practice it to precisely achieve a better physical state, physical and mental relaxation and maintain health. But yoga has also been recommended and used to improve some medical conditions. Some research has shown that yoga reduces heart rate and blood pressure, improves lung capacity, muscle relaxation and body composition, helps to lose weight and increases physical endurance in general. In addition, it has been detected that causes changes in mental functions, in perception, attention, processing of sensory information and visual perception.

To all this is added the results of a study carried out by researchers at the University of British Columbia , in Canada, which was presented in Honolulu, during the annual meeting of the American Pain Society .

The researchers analyzed eight studies that had included more than 700 patients and found that yoga would relieve chronic back pain and improve functional disability.

And this is not the first investigation that reaches these conclusions. We had already told you in myekajohnson about another study that had found that yoga can help fight chronic low back pain , as well as another that said that, along with stretching exercises , yoga helps reduce the pain.back pain in general.

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems. It can be constant and silent or sudden and intense. In general, these discomforts disappear after a few days or weeks , but when they last more than three months it is considered that back pain is chronic.

And although there are currently different alternatives to combat it, chronic pain of the lower back is one of the most difficult to treat, especially in older adults.

Among the main ways to combat chronic back pain are over-the-counter analgesics (pain medicines) and rest. However, medicines can not be taken indefinitely and may have undesirable effects, while prolonged rest is not advisable in a body that is probably sore from a sedentary lifestyle and lack of movement.

So? It is convenient to consult with your doctor to recommend alternative or integrative care that you can try to improve the health of your back. There are special exercises that help relieve back pain , be it in the lower back as well as in the shoulders and neck . Maybe he can refer you to a physical therapist initially who can guide you as well.

Now you know that practicing yoga is also an option that could help you reduce the amount of painkillers you take or avoid them. You just have to be careful to find a good teacher, as far as possible with knowledge of the use of this practice against back pain, and always warn you if you have any problem in the spine, to avoid injuries. And always make sure with your doctor before you can practice it.

In general, yoga is considered safe for healthy people when practiced in an appropriate manner, and can be adapted to a variety of specific needs, including for people who are in bed or in a wheelchair. However, some postures and breathing techniques should be avoided when certain conditions are suffered, such as: diseases in the spinal discs, atherosclerotic, risk of blood clots, heart disease or lung diseases.

For all this it is important that you consult with your doctor if you should have any care at the time of beginning to practice yoga. Then, there is no reason to delay your practice or its benefits.

If you want to find more information about integration therapies that can improve back pain, such as yoga, chiropractic, willow bark and hydrotherapy, you can visit our Natural Medicine section . But remember to always consult your doctor first.

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