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Yoga Alone Is Not Enough For Back Pain Relief

Discover the link between Yoga and the best methods to relieve back pain

Published Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Yoga For Back PainThe annoying back pain that keeps rearing its ugly head might have you reaching for the Tylenol or aspirin, or might leave you entertaining thoughts of more radical treatment methods like surgery or injections. Before you let your achy back call all the shots, consider these other approaches to pain relief FIRST. Because the pain you are experiencing is probably more within your control than you may believe.

Why Should You Look for Alternative Treatment Methods for Back Pain?

Given that back pain affects most Americans to some extent, leading to multiple medical visits, it is often overtreated. As a matter of fact, it seems that many American adults get addicted to one or more types of painkillers while trying anything that might reduce their discomfort. Moreover, those who are desperately seeking the best remedy for their lower back pain may also be exposed to a series of side-effects linked to their treatment plan, including the dissatisfying results of ineffective procedures, such as surgery or steroid injections, or stomach ulcers and bleeding caused by common anti-inflammatory medications.

What Works Best When It Comes To Alleviating Back Pain?

If you are a fervent supporter of the Movement Is Medicine system, then you are probably wondering if practicing yoga is enough to help you overcome persistent back pain. In some cases, you may need more than a few yoga lessons to reach your goal; it all depends on what’s causing the pain that is disrupting your balance and daily activities. For example, if your body is misaligned as a result of an injury, yoga may not manage to provide the most effective solution to your problem.

On the other hand, regardless of its underlying causes, back pain can be alleviated through a combination of natural remedies, including quality chiropractic care, stretching via the Egoscue Method, strength training, osteopathic manipulation, better stress management tactics, meditation, massage, and acupuncture. To begin with, you may want to schedule your first appointment with a chiropractor who could help you treat musculoskeletal pain through a series of gentle spinal adjustments. Stretching (especially Egoscue) contributes to a correct skeletal alignment and reestablishes your lost muscular balance, offering you a longer-lasting pain relief. Strength training leads to stronger core muscles, which play an important part in preventing injuries and reducing pain.

Believe it or not, even less conventional options, such as meditation, acupuncture, and massage, can lead to major signs of improvement, as long as they are associated with other key elements, such as chiropractic sessions and a moderate workout. For instance, meditation may act as a potent pain reliever, allowing people to decrease the intensity of their discomfort and gain more control over their mind and body. Through a relaxing massage session, you could release endorphins, stimulating your body to relax and relieve pain. At the end of the day, it is your duty to test all the pain-banishing factors listed above and recreate the combination that works best for your body. 

What are the Back Pain Benefits of Yoga?

A regular Yoga practice ensures better stress management and allows you to achieve a longer-lasting balance between body, mind, and spirit. Yoga enables you to achieve a state of serenity, banish daily problems and concerns, and focus on movements that put your muscles to work in ways that benefit your back. Finding significant pain relief is a complex process that usually involves a trial and error system; however, each yoga session will give you the chance to stay active, boost core muscle strength and increase your flexibility. Quite often, patients that practice yoga at least once a week feel better than the ones who receive physical therapy and medication to improve their physical condition and win the battle with chronic back pain. There are several specific poses that you should master to reduce the discomfort that you’re experiencing, including Bird Dog, Boat, Cow Face Pose and Forearm Plank. All poses will tone several parts of your body, promoting mobility, improving your mood and stimulating you to stay active. For instance, the Cow Face Pose can stretch out your buttocks, hips, upper back and shoulders, letting you work on different key areas to strengthen your body and develop stronger pain coping capabilities. 

Quite often, patients who practice yoga at least once a week feel better than those who utilize physical therapy and medication alone to relieve chronic back pain. A couple of Yoga poses to consider for stretching tight muscles and ligaments as well as for building balanced muscle strength, include: 

  • Bird Dog Pose- starting on your hands and knees (on all fours) extend one arm out straight in front of you, and the opposite leg out straight behind you. Repeat on the opposite side.
  • Boat Pose- balancing on your behind, create a 45-degree angle between your upper body and lower body and hold. At first, you may not be able to straighten your legs, and that is ok. 
  • Cow Face Pose- Sitting with legs crossed, one over the other, and arms linked behind the back. 
  • Forearm Plank- In a plank position on the floor, with your arms bent so your weight is resting on your forearms and your toes. 

All poses will tone several parts of your body, promoting mobility, improving your mood and stimulating you to stay active. Yoga, meditation, and regular chiropractic adjustments are a powerful combination for not only reducing the debilitating effects of chronic pain in the back but also for promoting flexibility and strength. This approach goes beyond just eliminating pain, to promoting an overall state of health and wellbeing. 

Lower Back Pain Relief With Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Natural Methods of Healing Chronic Low Back Pain Once and For All

Published Monday, 10 October 2016

lower back pain and stressThere is a vicious cycle the exists when it comes to chronic low-back pain. The pain cycle may begin with an acute injury from a car accident or with a movement in the wrong direction, but often the cycle continues because of habit. The tension created as a result of the initial injury and pain creates a habit of tensing up muscles and modifying movement because of the fear of the pain. This chronic stress and tension keeps the back pain from truly improving and it can keep you in the pain cycle. 

We've known for a long time that our patients improve when they combine overall wellness practices, like nutrition and meditation, with their chiropractic adjustments. A recent study from the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington clinically proves the physical benefit of mindfulness-based stress reduction on the level of pain experienced by chronic low-back pain sufferers. In this study, adults with chronic low-back pain showed significant improvement after eight weekly two-hour sessions of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a program that combines meditation with simple yoga poses, a new study found. Participants also practiced MBSR at home. 

After six months, 60% of those who did MBSR reported less pain and could more easily perform activities such as walking, climbing stairs and standing for long periods--a better result than those who treated their chronic low-back pain with medication and/or physical therapy.

If you think you might be caught in a stress-pain cycle, reach out to us at (973) 761-0022 to set up an appointment for a complimentary health assessment. Together we can find a path to wellness and pain relief that works for you.

Reference: Daniel Cherkin, PhD, senior investigator, Group Health Research Institute, Seattle.

Chiropractic, A Significant Advantage for Acute Back Pain

Published Saturday, 10 January 2015

A recent study confirms much prior research showing chiropractic care to be a huge help for acute low back pain. The study was done at an army medical center with the patients all being active-duty military personal so they were relatively young. While low back pain affects people of all ages with enormous cost in our health care system, in the military, back pain and similar musculoskeletal disorders are the most prevalent pain complaint.

Chiropractic Cuts Headache Pain By 71%

Published Saturday, 17 August 2013

According to a pilot randomized clinical trial in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013, trigger point therapy reduced cervicogenic headache pain by 71% for patients in this new study. The patients also experienced a 59% reduction in neck pain symptoms, as well as improved range of motion and muscle function.

5 Simple Tips for a Healthier Spine!

Published Saturday, 25 May 2013

Most people don’t realize how easy it is to keep your spine healthy.

Here are some simple tips that may help you.

Tip 1 - Adjust Your Chair

Make sure your chair is properly adjusted and keep lower back is well supported. Use a lumbar support to help keep you in the correct sitting posture.

Why does your head hurt?

Published Saturday, 23 March 2013

Getting to the bottom of why, can be quite challenging. If you think about it, it’s strange that headaches even exist. The brain itself can’t feel pain, so what gives? Experts now think surrounding tissues, brain chemicals, blood vessels, and nerves produce the pain signals.

Statistics now say a lot more than they did 20 years ago about the cause of headaches, says Charles Flippen, MD, associate professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Areas of the brain are generating pain, but we don’t have the whole picture.

Acupuncture Confirmed for Chronic Pain

Published Saturday, 08 December 2012

There are many different methods of pain management such as chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, physical therapy and acupuncture. However most people seem to find acupuncture so intimidating being that acupuncture is a treatment of disorders by inserting needles into the skin at points where there is a flow of energy. Unfortunately people become scared and refuse to consider acupuncture as a possible solution for their problem/s.

Fight Pain without Pills

Published Saturday, 10 November 2012

Due to the tragic inclement weather, here at South Orange Chiropractic Center we send out all our good wishes to our patients, friends and families that have suffered any losses. We are up and running with full power helping people cope with the stresses of Sandy. The article below may be beneficial to everyone.

According to Dr. Oz here is the game changing development. Doctors now believe that chronic pain is not merely a symptom of another condition; rather, it’s a separate disease and should be treated as such. In some cases chronic pain is the result of inflammation. But in others it has a more complex yet little- understood cause, one that’s tied in to how the brain processes pain signals. Long exposure to physical pain isn’t healthy.

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