Yoga For Pain Management

Yoga For Pain Management

Practicing Yoga to Get Pain Relief

Pain is frustrating and annoying. Chronic pain is frustrating and annoying for far too long a period of time and can severely affect your life, socially or economically. Up to 75 million Americans have to deal with chronic pain, which negatively affects the domestic and social lives of these individuals. It is now understood that chronic pain is a mixture of your body feeling pain and your mind amplifying it due to the trauma it sustained when the injury happened. This is why yoga is a fantastic way of dealing with this kind of chronic pain as it works on both your body and mind.

The way chronic pains are complex as they exist in both mind and body actually makes it easier to deal with it. Not only does one have the option for medical or surgical procedures, he can also try something that has zero risk involved, such as yoga.

Popular Yoga Poses

In doing yoga, a patient of chronic pain may learn to not feel the constant pain through relaxation and breathing. Here are three yoga poses that can help a patient through chronic pain.

  • The nesting pose: The pose is the patient laying down on either of his sides, with the legs bent at the knees and tucked in towards his stomach. One pillow under the head of the patient and one in between his legs rounds up this extremely comfortable yoga pose. Breathing is all important, and the patient must breathe in a natural rhythm so that he can get the full benefits of the pose.
  • Supported bound angle pose: The pose is done by the patient leaning against a block and sitting down with his legs in a diamond shape. Afterwards, the patient needs to place pillows underneath the thighs, making sure the legs take no strain. Afterwards, the patient leans back on the block, finishing the pose.
  • Supported back bend pose: The pose symbolizes the patient’s desire for changes and the will to fight through all obstacles. The pose is done by the patient first sitting and stretching his legs in front, and afterwards tucking in a pillow under the straightened legs, letting it bend and relax. Then the patient lays back and puts a block under his back, and a pillow under the head, stretching the sternum upwards.


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