Yoga for Back Pain
Back pain is very common in modern day to day life. According to National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, around 80 percent of adults experience back pain at some point in their lives. The pain can be acute (lasting for 12 weeks) or chronic. Chronic backpain affects around 20 % of people that suffer from acute back pain.
Yoga has been proven to be great aid in reliving back pain and not just stretching and strengthening the back muscles and spine, but also the core.
Symptoms of Back Pain
Back pain can range from a muscle aching to a shooting, burning, or stabbing sensation. In addition, the pain may radiate down your leg or worsen with bending, twisting, lifting, standing, or walking.
Yoga for Back Pain
What is Yoga?
According to Bhagwad Gita Equanimity, Stability, Balance, Harmony, Equipoise is yoga i.e. Samatvam Yoga Ucchyate.
According to Sage Vashistha yoga is the skill to calm down the mind i.e. Manah prasamana upayah yogah.
And according to Great Sage Maharishi Patanjali yoga is the cessation of mental modifications i.e. Yoga is to gain mastery over modifications of Mind.
According to Guruji Shubham Barwala Ji, yoga is the recognition of Mental Modification the moment they arise in our consciousness.
According to Guruji Neeraj Medharthi, Ji Yoga is the state of perfect balance.
Evidence-based yoga therapy or Yoga for Back Pain
At Vedamrita our purpose is to bring the best and scientific research and evidence-based yoga therapy to our beloved readers and our students likewise and thereby increasing the general acceptability of Yoga therapy amidst the field of various treatments available. Below are few research papers we find out related to Yoga and Back Pain.
Research Papers: –
Wieland LS, Skoetz N, Pilkington K, Vempati R, D’Adamo CR, Berman BM. Yoga treatment for chronic non-specific low back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jan 12;1(1):CD010671. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010671.pub2. PMID: 28076926; PMCID: PMC5294833.
Saper RB, Lemaster C, Delitto A, Sherman KJ, Herman PM, Sadikova E, Stevans J, Keosaian JE, Cerrada CJ, Femia AL, Roseen EJ, Gardiner P, Gergen Barnett K, Faulkner C, Weinberg J. Yoga, Physical Therapy, or Education for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Noninferiority Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Jul 18;167(2):85-94. doi: 10.7326/M16-2579. Epub 2017 Jun 20. PMID: 28631003; PMCID: PMC6392183.
Brämberg EB, Bergström G, Jensen I, Hagberg J, Kwak L. Effects of yoga, strength training and advice on back pain: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017 Mar 29;18(1):132. doi: 10.1186/s12891-017-1497-1. PMID: 28356091; PMCID: PMC5372262.
Qaseem A, Wilt TJ, McLean RM, Forciea MA; Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Apr 4;166(7):514-530. doi: 10.7326/M16-2367. Epub 2017 Feb 14. PMID: 28192789.
Groessl EJ, Liu L, Chang DG, Wetherell JL, Bormann JE, Atkinson JH, Baxi S, Schmalzl L. Yoga for Military Veterans with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Nov;53(5):599-608. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.05.019. Epub 2017 Jul 20. PMID: 28735778; PMCID: PMC6399016.
Panch Kosha Based Yoga Therapy or Yoga for Back Pain
Yogic Diet – Yoga for Back Pain
- Eat on time. Chew food properly.
- Sattvic home-cooked meals.
- Increase the intake of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Include high-fiber foods such as vegetables, cooked peas and beans (legumes), whole-grain foods, cereals, rice, and fresh fruit in your diet. Choose foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
- Keep the body well hydrated.
- Avoid processed and refined foods. Try to avoid nerve stimulants such as tea, coffee, alcohol, dark chocolate.
- Sweet Potatoes.
- Olive Oil.
- Green Tea
Asanas – 10 Yoga Poses for Back Pain
- Sukshma Vyayama
- Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist)
- Pavanamuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
- Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
- Cat-Cow Pose
- Downward Facing Dog
- Camel Pose
- Spinal Twists
- Locust Pose
- Kati Basti
- Jal / Sutra Neti
Pranayama – Yoga for Back Pain
- Sectional breathing
Manomaya Kosha – Yoga for Back Pain
- Yoga Nindra
- Om Chanting
- Emotional counseling
- Mind Sound Resonance Technique (M.S.R.T.)
Vijnanamaya Kosha – Yoga for Back Pain
- Counseling about the disease, triggering factors, diet
Anandamaya Kosha – Yoga for Back Pain
- Bhakti Yoga, Spend time with family and loved ones.
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