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Yoga for Chronic Pain Relief?

bossquackbbossquack Posts: 1
edited 09/28/2015 - 2:32 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi Folks,

I am new here. Been suffering with chronic back pain now for a while.

I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with using yoga as a way of getting some relief from back pain.

Before I give it a try I thought I would do a bit of homework and see if any one else has tried it with any success!

Best Regards,

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  • I've gone to a yoga class at a local gym a few times. I could do the balance work but some of the stretches were no good for me. I never hurt myself there, but I would just "sit out" some of the moves. I already felt like an odd duck because I was the only guy in the class, and it was a bit of a bummer that I couldn't participate like everyone else. (Though, for many of us spineys, we know that feeling all too well.)

    For me, the main attraction was that it gave me a weekend activity I could participate in with my wife. As my condition continues to degenerate, there is even less I can comfortably do now. I would rather work out at my own pace with my own exercises. If my wife started taking a big interest in yoga, I would probably do it again (as mostly a social activity) very carefully and very gently. It's never given me pain relief that I could not get through other strengthening exercises and by staying active.
  • I've been doing yoga for years and it does help me. I would recommend talking with a spine specialist first before jumping into it. Generally, yoga is good/recommended for people with back problems but there can be certain stretches or moves that are bad for your back, in your particular condition. So I think it's best to see if a specialist thinks there is anything you need to avoid. Good luck!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,877
    While specific types of yoga can be very beneficial to spinal patients, you need to have your doctor outline the dos and donts and then talk with the Yoga instructors who are qualified and knowledgeable in dealing with spinal patients, lumbar, thoracic, cervical, fused or not.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • while some of the stretches helped with my back, they made the neck pain worse,
  • green_girl513ggreen_girl513 Posts: 1
    edited 09/29/2015 - 11:38 AM
    I've been doing yoga myself and through the last few years I realized it is better to start observing my pain than trying to find a way of getting rid of it. That is where meditation (which is also very much connected to yoga) helped me a lot. I attained quite a few mindfulness based workshops where I got a new perspective of how I can deal with struggles of chronic pain and pretty much every day life. I haven't attended this workshop but a few others at [edit] and I was really satisfied with what I experienced with them.
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