Want your back to feel good? Then you gotta do all the right moves. And the best moves for your back just might be yoga moves.
In a study, people who practiced yoga daily for 6 months experienced less back pain and disability compared with those who didn't spend time on the mat. And the yogis relied less on back pain medication, too.
Strike a Pose
Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. Up to 85% of us suffer from lower back pain at some point. But in a study, people with chronic lower back pain who took 90-minute Iyengar classes with an instructor twice a week got quite a bit of pain relief from the yoga moves. They also practiced yoga for 30 minutes at home on the days they didn't take a class. And after just 12 weeks, not only did their backs feel better, but their moods improved, too. And they felt even better still after 24 weeks of practice. (Here are 3 more ways yoga does your body good.) These are some of the postures that helped bring relief:
Just Say "Om"
Iyengar yoga is a style that emphasizes strength and flexibility with the use of props for support. It's a gentle form of yoga that includes restful yoga moves -- no backbending contortions here. And it's great to know that it could represent a back pain medication-free way to take some "ouch" out of an achy back. But if you have back pain, check with your doctor first. Here are some other options for helping backs feel better:
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Just about everyone has experienced some level of back pain. It is one of the most common ailments brought on by disease, injury, or misalignment of the spine. It can be a dull muscle ache in the lower back or a severe, sharp pain...in that affects your ability to bend over or stand up straight. Most often back pain results from strained muscles and ligaments that surround the spine, but it can also be caused by structural problems with the bones of the spine. There are treatment options for back pain, and understanding the causes and symptoms is key to preventing it in the first place. More