Are there any poses that help Diverticulitis?

(August 14, 2012)

Diverticulitis is a condition in which the diverticula (small pouches that are formed in the large intestine) become inflamed or infected. Symptoms associated with diverticulitis are abdominal discomfort, cramps, constipation, vomiting, chills, bleeding, and intestinal blockages. Typically, diverticulitis is treated with antibiotics that help suppress the infection. However, there are some alternative treatment options such as yoga that claim to provide beneficial as well as long term results.

So, are there any poses that help Diverticulitis? Yes, there are certain abdominal yoga asanas (poses) that are believed to help in the management of this problem.

Balasana (Child’s Pose)

  • This is an abdomen compressing pose.
  • The first step is to kneel and sit with your buttocks placed on your heels.
  • Then, bend forward, with your forehead touching the floor, your arms stretching in front of you, your abdomen resting on your thighs.
  • Bring your hands from in front of you to rest on your side, palms facing up; your forehead still touching the floor.
  • Remain in this position for a while and breathe normally.

Supta Udkarshansana (Lying Abdominal Twist)

  • Lie flat on your back with your arms on your side.
  • Twist your hips and place on leg over the other, placing your back firmly on the floor or yoga mat.
  • Press the leg that is above using the hand on that side.
  • Repeat 3 times and return to lying flat on the back.

Submitted by C D on August 14, 2012 at 03:48

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