Why Does My Back Hurt?
Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain seem to go hand in hand with aging. There are several options to deal with this pain, such as pain medication, surgery, holistic treatments, and exercise. Of all of the treatment options available, only one can relieve and reduce existing pain as well as prevent recurring pain; exercise. Pain and injury are a response caused by one part of the body no longer performing its unique function, therefore another body part has to compensate and pick up the slack. This causes undue stress on the body and brings us out of alignment. The more we move and stay active, the less pain we will have period, but the key is the type, intensity and consistency of movement coupled with the body’s alignment throughout this movement; here is where Yoga comes in. A well sequenced yoga class taught by an experienced Yoga Teacher will provide body awareness, effective breathing, alignment, strength and flexibility instruction necessary to move and live in the body properly. Asanas, or postures of yoga, allow students to learn and experience proper body alignment while strengthening the key components of stability such as shoulders, abdominal muscles, pelvic floor muscles, back, hips and glutes (the core). When these key structural areas are well developed and balanced, the back is no longer forced to compensate for their weaknesses and the entire body functions more smoothly, effortlessly and pain free. Balance and alignment begins with the core, and yoga is one of the most effective exercises to build stability, strength and mobility in the body. Who should do yoga? Everyone can benefit from a regular yoga practice, but not every yoga class is right for you, so be sure to find a class that fits your needs and fitness level and then listen to your body and modify to make the class work for you.