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Three Ways Yoga Can Help with Back Pain

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If you’re like millions of people in the world, then you probably suffer, or have suffered, from lower back pain (LBP) at some point in your life. - Dr. Chetan Patel, AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health

If you’re like millions of people in the world, then you probably suffer, or have suffered, from lower back pain (LBP) at some point in your life. On top of being uncomfortable for the patient, LBP is the costliest work disability in the United States, and it can lead to lost productivity, depression, restless sleep, and debt problems associated with treatment costs.

Introducing alternative therapies to existing treatment plans is one method to improve the way modern medicine treats spinal conditions. 

Yoga is a common alternative treatment that has become even more popular over the past few years. Overall, yoga intervention can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life with the added potential to reduce stress, depression, medication usage, and the likelihood of disability.

As with any form of exercise, it is important to talk to your doctor about specific postures that are best for your condition. 

Here are three ways that you can incorporate basic aspects of yoga into your everyday lifestyle:
1. Start and end each day with stretching. 
The physical part of yoga focuses on holding postures that help stretch and lengthen your muscles. 

2. Practice breathing. Breathing is another very important part of yoga that aims to reduce stress and anxiety and clear your mind. Controlled breathing can help relax your muscles and allow you to focus on the tasks at hand. Take the time to inhale slowly and exhale slowly through your nose for a few rounds of deep breathing. 

3. Maintain a balanced diet. The food you consume has a drastic effect on your spine health. Foods that are high in sodium, fat, and sugar can cause inflammation in the body, and can result in back pain and injury.

The goal of yoga in healthcare is to heal and strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. Partnered with regular supervision from your doctor, yoga can help release the tense muscles that are causing back pain, while strengthening and lengthening your muscles to prevent future injuries from occurring. By combining these postures with a diet that has a high concentration of foods with anti-inflammatory properties and practicing breathing techniques to help you relax and de-stress, you will be well on your way to a more comfortable, pain-free lifestyle.

Dr. Chetan Patel is a world-renowned leader in minimally invasive surgery and spine health. He currently serves as the Medical Director of AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health in Altamonte Springs and Chairman of the North American Spine Society’s Robotics & Navigation Section. For more wellness education, visit the SpineU video library at AHMGSpineHealth.com.
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