Prolapsed Lumbar Disc: Yoga Poses

By Patricia | April 21, 2009
Yoga For Your Needs

Prolapsed lumbar disc – incorrectly called "slipped disc" – is a medical condition that affects the spine. As a result of a tear in the fibrous, outer ring of an inter-vertebral disc, the soft, central portion starts to protrude. A tear in the disc ring might bring about a release of inflammatory chemical mediators that could directly cause acute pain, even without nerve root compression. The tears are most often posterior in nature, because of the presence of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the spinal canal. A tear is usually a further development of a pre-existing bulge in the disc. This is a condition in which the outermost layers of the annulus fibrosus still remains intact, but can protrude when a disc comes under pressure.

Yoga poses for prolapsed lumbar disc

Your yoga program should, first and foremost, be tailored to your own personal needs by an experienced teacher. While some postures may be wonderful for one individual, they could prove harmful for another. That being said, most of the yoga poses can easily be modified with the use of props (your yoga instructor will demonstrate the use of blocks, blankets, straps, bolsters, and other props that will give a gentle traction on your spine.)

  1. Tadasana (Mountain Pose) – Always keep your head, neck and spine in s straight line; chin parallel to the floor, never raised.
  2. Marichyasana III (Marichi's Pose) – Always stand sideways against a wall with your foot near the wall supported either on a stool or on a chair seat. Gently twist towards the wall.
  3. Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja's Twist) – Do the pose sitting in a chair.
  4. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose) – Stand with your back against a ledge or a counter top. Press your hands down on the ledge for support.
  5. Utthita Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose) – Place the bottom of one hand on a Yoga block for support
  6. Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) – Lean your back against a counter top or ledge. Slide your lower hand along the ledge for support and stretch your spine. Use your other hand for support on the ledge behind the top of your hip to improve your alignment
  7. Ardha Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Half Upward-Facing Dog Pose) – Do this pose with your hands on the back of chair. Never do it seated on your mat or on a chair seat
  8. Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Big Toe Pose) – Use a belt around your extended foot, and do it with knees bent, at first
  9. Balasana (Child's Pose) – Do this pose with your torso supported on a Yoga bolster or three thickly folded Yoga blankets
  10. Shavasana (Corpse Pose) – Do the Corpse Pose with both legs elevated, knees bent and calves supported on a chair seat.
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