Yoga: An Excellent Non-Drug Approach for Healing Lower Back Pain

Why Choose Yoga for Back Pain?

Apart from soothing your body and mind, yoga is one of the most trusted ways to heal lower back pain, which may be temporary for some but for others, it can be devastating and unbearable. In severe cases, medical attention may be required. Doing regular yoga for back pain, however, helps in strengthening the back magically and improving blood circulation in the spine.

According to a recent research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 12 weeks of yoga reduces mild to chronic lower back pain effectively. According to the lead author, Dr. Robert Saper of Boston Medical Center, “Both yoga and physical therapy are excellent non-drug approaches for low back pain.”

In the research, around 320 participants suffering from chronic low back pain were included; these enrollees were then randomly divided into three groups. The first group took the 12-week yoga program, specifically designed for people with lower back pain. The second group participated in a physical therapy program, and the third received a book with in-depth information about lower back pain and timely follow-up. Statistically, people participating in yoga and physical therapy witnessed noticeable improvements.

To elaborate more on this research, we discuss some of the ways in which regular yoga works in relieving lower back pain:

1. Relaxes the Muscles

Most yoga postures incorporate stretching, which relieves the stress-carrying muscles. Some gentle positions such as Cat/Cow and basic yoga postures result in certain type of muscle flex and this, in turn, facilitates flexibility and relaxation of joints and muscles. For people with lower back pain, stretching the muscles on the back of their thighs relaxes the motion in the pelvis. This increases the blood circulation, thereby allowing essential nutrients to flow in and unwanted toxins to flow out. The overall nourishment of soft tissues and muscles in the lower back reduces stress and lessens the pain in the back.

2. Provides Excellent Body Alignment

The modes of exercise in yoga are meant to make the body supple and healthy. Regular yoga practice leads to greater balance through shoulders, head, and pelvis. Unlike other forms of exercise, the steps involved in yoga help to strengthen both sides of the body equally, thereby helping maintain the curvature of the spine and alleviating pain in the lower back.

3. Increases Muscle Strength

A few holding positions in yoga help to strengthen specific muscles such as the muscular network of the spine and abdominal muscles. When these muscles are well-conditioned, back pain decreases.

4. Regulates Breathing

Breathing is considered vital in different yoga poses. The objective should be to have rhythmic, deep and free breathing. Methodical breathing increases the flow of oxygen in the brain, thereby dissipating stress and minimizing severe lower back pain caused by psychological factors.

 

Yoga is now a common practice for lower back pain and has the added advantage of being a non-drug and non-surgical option. Most importantly, yoga is a safer option for relief from back pain; it’s always better to discuss it with a physician who is treating your condition.

At Mind to Body Yoga Studio in Mississauga, we have yoga classes such as Stretch and Destress and Hot Stress Melt that can help people suffering from chronic lower back pain.  Reach out to us at 905-712-9642 for availing the most common non-drug treatment for back pain.

Yoga: An Excellent Non-Drug Approach for Healing Lower Back Pain
Sara Ryatt
Sara Ryatt
22:35 12 Dec 19
I was in search of a yoga teacher training program and stumbled upon Mind to Body....its become my second home ever since. The yoga teacher training program was very detail oriented and definitely prepared for my yoga journey. They covered a lot of topics like anatomy and basics of ayurveda as well. I continue to attend regular yoga classes there now. They offer many various different types of classes..my favs are the restorative and yin classes. The staff is very inviting and friendly and the studio is very very clean and well maintained. Oh yea...can't forget the complimentary delicious detox tea i have every time i attend a class is a bonus!!read more
olga g
olga g
00:29 05 Nov 19
Great prenatal classes. Would recommend to anyone this place. Inside is very inviting and positive environment.
christal gordon
christal gordon
18:09 01 Nov 19
The mind to body yoga teacher training program was a life changing experience. Not only were we taught the foundations of yoga practice, we were also given the opportunity to form relationships with a variety of yogis. I have grown in confidence since started this program and look forward to start teaching and sharing the joy instilled in me with others. Thank you mind to body!read more
Lindsay LeBlanc
Lindsay LeBlanc
14:51 09 Oct 19
I attended training here and loved it! It is very warm and welcoming, and Pritpal is truly dedicated to serving the community!read more
Louis French Los
Louis French Los
01:51 19 Aug 19
Loved it! Did a drop in today - was visiting from out of town. Staff were super friendly and welcoming gave a great tour. The class was great especially the lavender oil in shavasanaread more
poonam pandher
poonam pandher
17:48 10 Jul 19
If I could give Mind to Body more than 5 stars I would! Since starting at this studio 6 months ago, all my aches and pains have been eliminated. That's due to yoga but more so thanks to the personable, caring, passionate and dedicated instructors. It's a blessing to have found a yoga studio where each class by any instructor here is taught with so much passion and bring their own experiences and way of teaching, teaching the right techniques and foundations of poses (grounding feet and hands) alot of others overlook when teaching. They don't ever ever ever make you feel like you have to do a pose they always tell you to follow your body. Love the variety of classes, started with Restorative yoga and now on to hot detox yoga which I didn't ever think I'd do. Mind to body has a great community of employees and members who are always friendly with a huge smile on their faces. It's been so great to connect with other members especially while having the detox tea, yum! Honestly don't know how they keep it so clean with so many members but it's immaculate and shiny. Floors are always swept and mopped constantly. Couldn't have found a more amazing yoga studio, love you guys for all that you do! It's definitely been a life changing process and I'm excited to continue to grow in every way with all of you :).read more
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
13:39 28 Mar 19
I found this studio six months ago, after having searched for a calm and rejuvenating space for a long time. I'm so grateful that Mind to Body Yoga has become my space for growth, fitness and connection.I have tried various classes and I love the fact that each and everyone of them is inviting, knowledgeable and caring about the pace and the participants.The studio is always clean and organized.They also offers many classes on meditation and restorative yoga to enhance and learn new techniques.I have certainly achieved a better mind to body connection since I joined this studio.read more
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