therapeutic yoga for back pain

If you are a chronic back pain sufferer, you are not alone! It’s a leading cause of disability worldwide. The good news is that in most cases therapeutic yoga can help decrease pain and protect your back from further injury.

When I evaluate students in my classes and private sessions, I help them identify their muscular imbalances, and recommend the right yoga poses to help create balance, provide pain relief, and offer them freedom of movement. In general, the causes of back pain fall into four general categories:

Report Endorses Insurance Coverage for Yoga/Mindfulness for Chronic Back Pain

Breakthrough report finds sufficient evidence for insurance providers to cover yoga and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) as adjunct therapy for managing chronic low back pain. Read more
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Yoga for Desk Jockeys: 7 Tips To Save Your Back—At Work and On the Mat

Back pain causes more missed days from work than any other medical reason, with the exception of the common cold. Chronic back pain, with no known onset of injury, is often caused by muscular imbalances due to... Read more

Yoga May Be As Effective As Physical Therapy For Low Back Pain

Yoga is known to be effective for low back pain, but how does it stack up against traditional physical therapy? A new study by researchers at Boston University finds out. Read more

Working with Therapeutic Yoga for Scoliosis and Back Pain - An Interview with Deborah Wolk

Deborah Wolk is the founder of Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective in New York City. Inspired by her own back issues, and her extensive yoga education with teachers like Geeta Iyengar, Genny... Read more
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Why Most People Are Getting Core Strengthening Wrong and Don’t Realize It

Core strengthening is one of those fitness goals that we all know we should be doing more of. Core strength is essential to keep us functional and mobile throughout life, and is said to help prevent low back... Read more

For Lower Back Pain Try Yoga, Doctors Say

Low back pain affects millions of adults each year, presenting a major global health burden. In a significant departure from traditional recommendations, the American College of Physicians (APC) has published... Read more

Common Shoulder Issues in Yoga: An Interview with Julie Gudmestad

Julie Gudmestad is a physical therapist, founder of Gudmestad Yoga in Portland, Oregon, and frequent contributor to Yoga Journal and Yoga International , She is well known for her unique anatomy-based teaching... Read more

New Perspectives on Back Pain: Does the Thoracolumbar Fascia (TLF) Hold the Key to Healing?

If you’ve ever had an aching low back, you’re keenly familiar with how painful it can be. Though we often point to tight muscles or disc problems as the source of pain, new insights into the fascia are revolutionizing how we think about back pain. This is great news for the 20-30% of us suffering from low back pain at any given time. Read more

Understanding Your Sciatic Nerve Pain

Oh my sciatica! A common form of leg pain, sciatica, has become a general termed used to describe any type of discomfort or neurological symptoms, including sharp pain, throbbing, burning, tingling, weakness... Read more

Stabilizing the Sacroiliac Joint: The Piriformis Muscle in Yoga

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then what is an animated video worth? In this yoga blog post we look beneath the skin to see what happens with the piriformis muscle in Reverse Pigeon Pose and provide an... Read more