Heal Your Lower Back Pain With These 5 Yoga Poses
In the United States lower back pain is one of most common complaints. The Mayo Clinic states that most people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Lower back pain is experienced by sedentary people as well as highly-trained athletes.
A Marathon of Sitting Leads to Low Back Pain
Upon awakening one may sit to have coffee or breakfast before sitting to drive to work. When arriving at work the corporate employee will often sit at a desk or in meetings until lunch. Lunch involves more sitting, before sitting at the desk to finish the workday. Then of course there is the commute home and another sit-down meal.
Exhausted from a long day of sitting at the office one may choose to sit on the sofa to watch television to unwind. If we look at it from an anatomical standpoint we realize the hamstring muscles and the illiopsoas muscles are shortened from the many hours of sitting and this causes strain on the lower back.
But I’m an Athlete, and My Back Still Hurts
Athletes on the other hand are not sedentary, so why the lower back pain? Any weight-bearing sport or exercise that involves running, jumping, or rapid dynamic movements produces tension on the lower back. When these activities are repeated over time without properly stretching and releasing these tight muscles overuse injuries may occur.
For the sedentary nine-to-five worker exercise is key for relieving lower back pain as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes. However, I’m assuming you are not in that category. If you are, then add some cardiovascular exercises along with the stretches suggested below.
If you have a slipped disc in the lower back or sciatica, please avoid all deep forward bends as these can make your condition worse.
Lower Back Pain Relief Yoga Sequence
For lower back relief please do the following poses daily or at least after your workout. Breathe deeply in and out of the nose while doing these poses.
1. Supine Hamstring Stretch
2. Two-Knee Twist
If pigeon pose bothers your knees, then do Thread the Needle.
4B. Thread the Needle
5. Legs Up the Wall
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