Back Pain and Neck Pain Blog
Over the last few decades, the ancient practice of yoga has become an increasingly popular form of exercise in the Western world. Whether you prefer a vigorous physical practice or something more relaxing and meditative, the various styles of yoga offer something for everyone.
Yoga has become a preferred form of exercise for many patients suffering from back pain or recovering from an injury; its attraction often lies in the individual nature of the practice and the opportunity for modifications. Besides helping to alleviate pain, a regular yoga practice can also help restore mobility and work to prevent future injury.
Regardless of which medical treatments you are undergoing, it can always be helpful to understand your non-medical treatment options as an adjunct-- or as a primary means -- to help manage your back condition. People often report that such techniques are very helpful in reducing chronic pain. And even if these techniques don't work for you, these options are usually non-invasive and inexpensive (or free) to try.
Of course, the first step in coping with chronic back pain or neck pain is always to get a comprehensive medical evaluation for a diagnosis, as pain is often a warning signal that something is wrong and needs medical attention.
One challenge with treating back pain is that there are not that many absolute rules. For example, a spinal condition that appears relatively minor can lead to severe back pain, but a very serious condition can be barely painful at all. Similarly, some patients with a spinal condition will develop chronic pain, while others with the same condition will not.
To better deal with these issues, the spine medicine community is increasingly starting to appreciate that pain is a uniquely personal experience, and many treatments and types of back care don't work the same for all patients even when they have the same diagnosis.