Yoga For Neck And Shoulder Pain

(January 30, 2009)

Dear Sir,From last 10 days I am having neck and shoulder ache. A doctor after looking neck X-ray intimated that this is initial stage of cervical. Can I request for some useful yogasanas to cure neck and left shoulder ache

Well yoga can help in relieving the pain from your neck and shoulders but I would suggest that you consult your doctor before starting with any form of exercises. Your doctor will tell you the type of exercises are safe for you since he has examined you and he knows your condition best. You can start your exercises early in the morning by practicing Dhyana or meditation for about 20 minutes to half an hour. Sit in the Sukha asana or the easy pose initially and then move on to Ardha Padma asana or the half lotus pose and then the Padma asana or the lotus pose. These asanas or postures will help to strengthen your spine and neck and the Dhyana or meditation will help to relax you completely. As you breathe deeply while doing this it also helps to increase the flow of oxygen in your body while it calms your mind. Next you can practice the Pranayama or the breathing exercises. These will increase your lung capacity, clear the blockages from your system and will improve the circulation of fresh blood and oxygen in your body and will also help to strengthen your spine. Next you can move to the yoga asanas or postures such as:
  • Surya Namaskar: Sun Salutation – this is a really simple yet powerful series of 12 postures that workout your entire body. It is especially beneficial for your spine neck and shoulders and will surely help to relieve pain and will improve the condition of your spine.
  • Sarvangasana: ShoulderStand – This is a bit difficult for beginners and in your case you need to consult your doctor if you can practice this pose or not. You must avoid it if you have a very weak neck and spine until you are fully fit and your spine and neck is strong enough to practice this asana.
  • Hal asana: Plough Pose – This too is very beneficial for the spine but you should practice it only if your doctor permits you.
  • Matsyasana: Fish Pose – Helps to correct the irregularities of the neck and spine and strengthens it.
Besides this you can also practice Dhanurasana or the Bow Pose, Salabhasana or the Locust Pose, Bhujanga asana or the Cobra Pose, Sethu Bandhasana or the Bridge Pose, Ushtrasana or the Camel Pose, Chakra asana or the Wheel Pose, Ardha Matsyendrasana or the Lord of the fish pose also known as the twist pose.

Submitted by G M on January 30, 2009 at 04:04

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