Yoga for Back Pain

Yoga for Back Pain

Loren Fishman, Carol Arden

Language: English

Pages: 168

ISBN: 2:00270565

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Let internationally renowned rehabilitation specialist Loren Fishman, MD, be your personal instructor for a healthier back! With down-to-earth techniques and instruction for all levels, Cure Back Pain with Yoga helps you:

• distinguish between the nine major causes of backache;
• target your source of pain through diagnosis-specific yoga poses;
• manage, reduce, and ultimately end your pain.

Depending on the severity and chronicity of your pain, the postures in this guide, described in detail and illustrated by photographs, will help you determine how to start your own yoga practice or alter your existing practice in order to achieve lasting comfort and strength.

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underestimated by otherwise excellent clinicians, partially because it does not show up on imaging studies and may occur without detectable medical abnormality. However, a good physician can usually treat spasm without any special equipment. In a way, spasm stems from an engineering imperfection that occurs in all muscles. Capillaries, which supply fuel and the oxygen to burn it and carry away the waste products of this metabolism, are actually narrowed significantly during muscle

left foot out ninety degrees and right foot in thirty degrees. Take a breath in. As you exhale, bend your left knee ninety degrees keeping your right leg straight. Place your left palm on the floor next to your left foot on the little toe side, and parallel to it. Balance the weight evenly among the left hand, the left foot, and the right foot. Extend the right arm behind the ear, diagonally, palm down. Press the left biceps into the outside of the left knee and the knee outward into the biceps.

better in the limited space available. Physically unstretching the nerves also promotes movement within the canal, reducing the effects of any pressure on them. This is good in itself as well as affording this nervous tissue more mobility to enable it to wriggle out of harm’s way in a tight situation. Surgery is often needed for severe spinal stenosis, but I find that medicines—oral and injected steroids and others—in conjunction with yoga are extremely valuable. The poses in this chapter

the chair. HALASANA MODIFIED (VERSION 2) Lie on the floor with a blanket or blankets under your shoulders (not your head). A chair should be placed a foot behind your head. Your hands are placed at your sides. As you bring your knees up to your chest, press your palms down on the floor and straighten your legs slightly to bring your thighs over your face and your shins onto the seat of the chair. Straighten your elbows, keeping them on the floor. Support your back with your palms. Bring

Yet your body is responding in many ways to the invasion—yes, the violence—it has suffered. Your endocrine system usually takes a few days to get back to normal after surgery, peaking in its abnormal functions about one to two days after an operation. Literature suggests, and I have found, that yoga is a wonderful way to help yourself return to peak objective and subjective performance.1 Ideally you should begin a daily program of yoga practice before you undergo surgery. This will, of

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