If there is anything that is more debilitating and frustrating than back pain, it can only be back pain that has become a chronic condition. It is a sad but true fact that one of the top leading causes of doctor and hospital visits in the United States each and every year is back pain, either in the upper or lower region. However, many people choose to ignore their back pain and refuse to have it treated, often with the hope that it will just go away on its own if it is given enough time.
Unfortunately, this is very rarely what ends up happening. Back pain is a condition that needs to be addressed, acknowledged, and treated right away, so that it can be stopped from turning into a worse and chronic health issue in the body. One of the more challenging aspects of figuring out a proper treatment plan for back pain is the fact that it can be brought on by so many different factors, from an injury, to auto accident whiplash, to a pain-related condition such as arthritis or sciatica, or even due to simple and general wear and tear over the years with no one clear cause. Still, despite the many different causes of back pain, there are a few distinct treatment plans and options that have been shown to bring pain relief and strengthen the back muscles in many back pain patients. I already knew that chiropractic care was one great option for back pain sufferers, but it turns out that there are specific yoga positions that are fantastic for improving back pain as well, according to a helpful and detailedarticle that I came across by Breaking Muscle. Here is what I learned.
Before starting up any new fitness regimen, such as yoga, be sure to consult your doctor, chiropractor, or other healthcare professional to make sure you can handle the change. Once you are given the all-clear, try out the Pigeon yoga pose to start.
Get down to the floor (preferably on a yoga mat) on all fours and bring your right knee so that it is behind your right wrist. Your lower leg should be at a diagonal from your left hip. Now bend forward, widen your elbows, and use your hands to cushion your forehead.
Next, try the Sitting Cat stretch. Start on your stomach before propping your body up with your forearms. Place your elbows directly under your shoulders, and gently stretch your upper back behind you, so you resemble a cat lying down.
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