Yoga for Back Pain
Back Pain, Yoga & Corrective measures
Clinical Name for Lower Back Ache (LBA) : Lumber Spondylosis
Short description: Lumber spondylosis is a degenerative disorder in the lower spine. This could be due to prolapsed disc (herniated disc), slip disc, loss of lordosis, muscular spasm, early degeneration of spinal vertebrae or due to desiccated discs. LBA is finds its cause normally in the lifestyle and one’s daily routine activities. Inadequate physical activity and lack of support building around the spinal & core muscles, normally result in a spine vulnerable to any day today jerks, shocks or extreme movement like lifting heavy weight.
What we treat : Cases of sciatica pain, slip disc, prolapsed disc, day today lower back ache due to long sitting hours, due to excessive driving, due to obesity or due to wrong body alignment
Common condition of the patients approaching us: Normally patients are suffering from pain in lower back when they sit for long hours in office or while standing or walking. They have morning stiffness, constant feeling of tiredness, and tingling sensation in legs either above knee or till the base of the foot or frequent numbness, heaviness in feet
How Yoga can help: Yoga can help in mitigating the pain and improve level of comfort in daily routine activities, it strengthens the body to prevent any further damage to the system, it educates you about the Do’s and Don’ts and basic care that your spine needs on a daily basis.
Time taken to see the results: People who are at the onset of having back pain can see good results within a month however results may vary for different individuals. It depends on the severity of the issue and patient’s commitment to the yogic routine. Commitment means, not missing yoga sessions, following the lifestyle changes, doing daily practice at home that has been advised by the therapist and follow dietary changes.
Our experience with LBA patients
At InnerSaga, we get a lot of patients with complaints of lower back ache. Lower-back ache (LBA) , or pain experienced on the spine below the ribs, is one of the most common complaints of discomfort. It afflicts people of all age groups, even starting from the 20’s .
Why is that? What causes it? Let’s look at some of the reasons for this:
Lifestyle related reasons for Lower Back Ache (LBA):
1) Lack of physical activity, laid back routine
2) lack of movement during the day, like in sitting jobs
3) Stress, yes stress matters!
4) Incomplete work-out , core strengthening not included
5) wrong sitting postures
6) Excessive use of laptop, at an incorrect angle
7) Food habits
8) Sleeping pattern
9) Weak core muscles due to deficiency
12) loss of lordosis
People often are caught by surprise when they experience back pains. During consultations, we hear these a lot – “I was fine all this time and I got a catch out of the blue”, “ While lifting the bucket, I suddenly got this acute pain”, etc.
While in some cases, it indeed is a sudden phenomenon, but in most of the cases, it doesn’t happen that suddenly. It usually is the result of neglect over a long period of time. The spine gives up because you have not built up any support system around the spine and overused every bit of strength it had.
When we are young, the body is new and has the strength to cope up with our sedentary lifestyle and food habits. We take our body for granted and forget to nourish it. The body needs nourishment not just in the form of food, but also in the form of physical workouts (gym, yoga, dance, etc) to keep itself healthy. Exercise increases oxygen supply to the body and every cell gets nourished.
Like a balanced diet, it is essential to have balanced workouts as well. Just working out everyday is not enough, the workout composition needs to have a balance of stretching, strengthening, breathing and relaxation. A single focus exercise regimen like only cardio, only cycling, only swimming or only weights can make the workout lop-sided and actually add to the problem.
Medical yoga can help patients with lower back problems. It combines traditional yoga practice with medical diagnosis and therapeutic techniques to address illness and disease.
Typically, patients that come with such ailments go through below mentioned process:
- A detailed consultation session where their entire medical history is taken
- Other parameters like X-Ray, MRI, Blood reports etc would be considered
- They could be advised for further tests (if required) to rule out possibilities
- The person is educated about the stage of his condition and the expected recovery time. He is also advised lifestyle changes.
- After the person agrees to commit himself to the therapeutic process, a yogic sequence is prescribed which is suitable to his current state.
- The postures might be a combination of stretching, strengthening and practice of sequences to be followed at home.
Customised yogic sequence must be done under supervision till the time the patient learns to do it correctly.
At InnerSaga, we work help our patients through medical yoga therapy. We also educate them about the precautions to be taken during their everyday activities and make them understand how their daily routine contributes to their health. We wish to make people independent and take charge of their health.
We wish to make people independent and take charge of you health. We believe in getting results!