Sitting Yoga Therapy for Lower Back Pain

By Patricia | November 14, 2008
Sitting Yoga Therapy For Lower Back Pain

There is something specially called Yoga therapy for backaches, especially aches and pains affecting the lumbar region. Yoga therapy for backaches teaches how to rest and relax the sore parts of the body. This is done, so that whatever the cause of pains to the spine, discs, muscles and soft tissues or, perhaps, to the bone are able to heal faster. This is achieved through certain proven relaxation techniques that give the long-delayed relaxation to the back muscles. In addition Yoga therapy suggests that you relax that part of the body that is the cause of pain by making it as immobile as possible. By such, total relaxation, the sharp pains that are caused by even little movements are reduced and then stopped completely.

Yoga therapy for backaches, particularly for the lumbar region tells us that it comes from sedentary lifestyle and more from wrong sitting posture. First and foremost, you correct your posture, get yourself a straight backed chair and move about from time to time, rather than just keep sitting. Secondly, give lots of rest to both the affected parts and the mind, but the right way, is the Yogic way because, when you are suffering too much, your the mind also isn’t at rest and this only aggravates matters. Quite naturally, even your sleep is disturbed.

Those who don’t sleep, start worrying. Again, quite natural; they think about the pain all the time and wonder what will happen next, will it get better or worse. Unfortunately, worrying only makes things worse. Then your mind starts to wander to other problems, workplace problems, domestic problems on and on and on. This only worsens the situation, and the pain. This is why it is so important for you to rest the mind as much as you rest your body

Yoga therapy for backaches suggests that do lots of Shavasana (Corpse Pose). And, when you are able to, start some easy, comfortable meditative poses like Sukhasana (Easy Pose) and Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose) that helps the back a lot. Then get into some prone poses like Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Dhanurasana and Shalabhasana. In standing, do the backward bending poses like Ardha Chakrasana. Please avoid, as far as possible, all forward bends and twisting poses. They’ll only add to your problems. These should always be followed by lots of Shavasana (Corpse Pose). Apply lots of hot cold compresses, alternating between the two. We believe, it’s a lot to do with physical and mental rest and relaxation, followed by the right asanas, diet and breathing techniques. Suggested Yoga Pranayama (breathing techniques) include mild Kapalabhatti (Skull-Cleansing Breath), Anuloma-Viloma (Alternate Nostril Breathing) and Ujjayi. Also learn some meditation techniques like simple breath meditation or fixed gazing or chanting a mantra. All these will help you heal faster and more happily than otherwise.

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