Low back pain is one of the most common complaints of most Americans nowadays, aside from headaches. In addition to stress-related causes, this pain may also be due to overuse (affecting mostly the elderly) or injuries such as those occurring after rigorous physical activity, or a mild to serious car accident.
For a lot of people, the pain usually goes away after a few days or weeks even without treatment. There are others, however, who even after consulting with a car accident doctor, find that their low back pain becomes chronic, leading to an unending series of physical therapy, pain medications, and—at the worst—surgery.
There are some ways in which low back pain can be prevented. There are strategies in lifting an object, for example, that would remove the pressure on the lower back. In doing sports, as well, it’s very important to show proper form in order to avoid getting injured.
Still another way to prevent low back pain is to strengthen the core muscles—those in the abdominal area—through yoga. Yoga is a set of exercises that promote muscular strength and flexibility. There are a lot of poses that can help relieve low back pain, and even just a few minutes of yoga regularly can reduce pain and strengthen core abdominal muscles.
By identifying and targeting specific muscle groups and using the appropriate poses, yoga can become a highly effective treatment for low back pain. A 2009 research project from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, for example, found yoga to be more effective than the usual treatment for chronic back pain. The participants in the study even reduced their intake of pain medications after doing yoga exercises for a set period of time.
Aside from strengthening core muscles, however, yoga also helps if there are psychological factors involved in the back pain. The act of doing the poses promotes relaxation and calmness, which relieve the mental stress and anxiety that might have resulted to back pain.
However, yoga should not be the only strategy used in the treatment of this particular
complaint. Another good method to use with it is chiropractic care which entails manual manipulation of the spine. According to chiropractic principles, a lot of body pains can be attributed to the misalignment of vertebrae, and its adjustment will promote pain relief and eventual treatment of low back pain.
Pain in the lower back can be debilitating and can even lead to chronic ailment. Doing yoga properly and having regular chiropractic care ensures reduction of pain and eventual treatment.
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