Yoga and Chiropractic: A Relationship Made in Heaven
If you suffer from lower back pain, the relief you’ve been looking for may be a little farther than the medicine cabinet, but as close as your local community centre.
With so many of us spending an increasing amount of time hunched over a computer keyboard, it’s not surprising that our back often suffers. While it may be difficult to fight the urge to reach for a quick-fix in the form of pain-numbing pills, this offers only short-term relief without solving the problem. The solution to your back pain could be much simpler than reaching for expensive pharmaceuticals.
Aside from headaches, low back pain is one of the most common complaints of Canadians today. In addition to stress-related causes, this pain may also be due to overuse or injuries such as those occurring after rigorous physical activity, or a mild-to-serious car accident.
In conjunction with chiropractic, another way to prevent low back pain is to strengthen your core muscles—those in the abdominal area—through yoga.
Yoga consists of an extensive set of exercises (or poses) designed to promote muscle strength, flexibility and proper breathing. It has been studied as a treatment for lower back pain; carpal tunnel syndrome; osteoarthritis of the hands; depression; asthma; hypertension; and many more conditions. There are various poses which can help relieve low back pain, and even just a few minutes of yoga on a regular basis can reduce pain and strengthen your core abdominal muscles.
As well as strengthening core muscles, yoga is also helpful if there are psychological factors involved in your back pain. The act of doing these poses promotes relaxation and calmness, which relieves the mental stress and anxiety that might have eventually lead to more back pain.
As well as the mind-body connection, yoga also focuses on the spine.
In accordance with Dr. Noble and Dr. Fera’schiropractic principles, many of the body’s aches and pains can be attributed to the misalignment of vertebrae. Yoga is a proven natural way to decrease your back pain, strengthen your core, and improve your overall sense of well-being. Doing yoga properly and having regular chiropractic care ensures reduction of pain and treatment.
Contact Ajax-Pickering Village Chiropractic for a spinal checkup at 905.427.3202 or discuss the many natural health options with Dr. Noble and Dr. Fera at your next appointment. Refer to our website for our yoga posture tip of the month.