I suffered from serious lower back pain a couple of years ago which I think I got as a result of the laborious job I had at the time. There were days when my back hurt so badly that I could barely do anything, then there were days I could barely feel any pain. I got sick and tired of this nagging backpain striking me whenever it pleased and leaving me unable to go through with my plans, so I decided to do something about it.
While my chiropractor helped ease the pain, that relief did not last for long. I felt better with every following session, however, that was only temporary – back pain kept coming back. I also tried massages and trigger point therapy, which did help to a certain extent but did not entirely solve my problem. What actually did the trick was yoga.
Yoga improves concentration, strength and flexibility while reducing stress. It helps with back pain relief as it strengthens the back – it helps to stretch it and improve circulation to the spine and nerves. And one of the greatest things about it is that it doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment – just comfortable clothes and the right yoga mat.
My yoga instructor recommended that I should buy a thick yoga mat as this kind is best for people who suffer from back pain. It acts as a cushion between the hard floor and your body enabling you to practice your poses longer, reducing the impact on the joints and helping you relax. This in general results in better performance and thus, better results. Here are some of the yoga poses that helped me to get rid of my lower back pain.
These postures help massage the spine as well as stretch the back and the torso. They are the simplest poses of the sequence and are a great way to keep the back limber.
Downward Facing Dog
A classic yoga pose that helps open the lower back. This pose targets the hamstrings and the large muscles on the lower back, allowing to stretch and lengthen your entire spine.
Seated Forward Fold
An easy to do yoga pose which, when performed right, can help open the lower back and offer relief from stiffness and pain.
In addition to being an amazing way to relax, this pose also stretches the entire back and the hips. The more you extend in either direction, the more relief you will feel.
This pose is a great way to strengthen the back and buttocks.
Whatever poses you may decide to do, remember to listen your body and not to force any pose that doesn’t feel comfortable to perform.