Exercise plays a vital role in your overall health and well being. Yoga is particularly useful in promoting a healthy spine, and in combination with chiropractic care, possesses many health benefits. If you suffer from severe pain or are recovering from injury, you should speak to your health care professional before beginning any new physical activities.
A Brief Background on the Practice of Yoga
Yoga is an ancient practice that originates in India that dates back for thousands of years. It combines exercise with meditation to promote flexibility along with mental and physical wellness. Many of the positions and movements preformed in Yoga practices are used to stretch and align the spine as they also place great importance on the spine’s role in the body’s overall functioning. Yoga is also complimentary to your chiropractic care.
Benefits of Yoga on your Spinal Health
- Promotes Good Posture: Maintaining good posture is important because it creates less strain on our bodies. It is particularly important for our spinal health because it keeps the weight of our heads centered and lessens the work of our neck and spine in trying to support it. Poor posture may contribute to neck, back, muscle and joint complications. These kinds of pain may contribute to degenerative arthritis as our bodies compensate for weight imbalances and the normal curves of our neck and spine are compromised.
- Maintains Spinal Disks: Spinal disks support the vertebrae that form our spines by absorbing shock. When spinal disks herniate they begin to compress nerves and can cause us pain. Keeping limber and increasing movement that involves twisting and bending can aid in prevention of herniated spinal disks. Bending and flexing movements help keep spinal disks healthier by pushing more nutrients from the blood into the outer layer of the disk.
- Can Aid in Healing Back Pain: It is estimated that between 60 to 80 percent of adults experience lower back pain at some in their lives. According to a study published by the Journal Archives of Internal Medicine, yoga can effectively help reduce chronic back pain and help reduce the amount of pain medications taken by those suffering. Yoga is particularly effective in aiding with pain in the lower back. Particular stretches and positions, if practiced regularly, is said to help improve lower back pain in as little as six months.
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