Yoga and Pilates have been researched and practiced to reduce back pain. Your back pain is unique to you. While some conditions are the same for everyone like a slipped disc, bulging disc, arthritis or scoliosis the need to eliminate pain can have a different path. I have a simple CD and book that I follow as a “new guy”, both methods help with my pain. I would like to introduce Mir Mehta, a professional yoga instructor and published author who believes in Yoga as a pathway to eliminating pain in a person’s life.
Mira Mehta MPhil (Oxon), Assoc. BAAAP
Back pain has various causes: injury, poor posture, wear and tear, curvature, distortion and disease. Yoga can help in the majority of cases.
Simple back pain affects either the upper or lower back. It is exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle and repeated awkward movements. It can be temporary or recurrent. Stretching, relaxing and rotational movements are effective in relieving it.
Back pain from scoliosis can be mild or severe.
In both cases the Yoga treatment consists of a series of postures to relieve backache and strengthen the back. If done regularly they are likely to make the back permanently pain-free. They can be done safely at home.
A different programme of postures is needed for sciatica and prolapsed discs. Sitting for long periods and awkward movements frequently make them worse. They can be recurrent. The Yoga treatment consists of constructive restful postures to help the spine to realign itself so that the tissues can strengthen. Good circulation to the affected areas is promoted and this allows the back to heal. Depending on severity, exacerbating factors and regularity of practice healing can be complete or partial. These postures can be done safely at home both in times of crisis for immediate pain relief and long-term as a preventative.
3-session courses of Yoga for Back Pain Relief are held regularly in central London. Dates for this Autumn are:
Back Pain (simple) and Scoliosis
Tuesday 5pm 31 October, 7, 14 November COST: £118
Sciatica and Prolapsed Discs
Saturday 2.45pm 7, 14, 21 October COST: £118
and 2, 9, 16 December COST: £118