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Yoga for Chronic Back Pain

A few recent studies suggest that regular yoga sessions can provide relief for certain chronic back pain sufferers.  Yoga and stretching exercises appear to have a positive effect on patients who have nonspecific back pain, which are pains that have no obvious cause.  Not only does it help reduce this pain, but those patients who perform the exercises usually end up more flexible and able to do more day-to-day activities than those who do’t.

But, before you go out and buy a yoga mat, you need to be very careful.  It is important for you to consult a doctor or physician prior to starting any type of exercise program, even a low-impact program like yoga.  Doing the wrong yoga moves can get you into even more trouble with chronic pain. Some positions can make your back problems even worse, especially if the instructor is not aware of your condition and pushes you too hard.

Talk to your doctor and find out if yoga is a good fit for your own chronic pain treatment.  You should also consult with potential instructors to find out if they have any experience in dealing with patients who have issues with back pain.  Be proactive and make sure you are doing the best things you can do to improve your health for the better.

This blog is written for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for actual medical treatment. Please contact the APM Augusta office to schedule an appointment if you are in need of medical care.


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