Skip to content

Blog

Soothe Back Pain with Restorative Yoga

Published on April 20, 2017 by Dr. Myra Reed

A mind-body practice, Yoga combines physical poses called asanas, breathing exercises, and guided meditation in a session that is typically 75-minutes long. For many people, yoga is an effective way to reduce inflammation, relieve stress and muscle tension and change habitual posture patterns that result in back pain.

While there are many styles of Yoga to choose from, Restorative Yoga is especially good for individuals with back pain because of its focus on supported poses rather than physical exertion through a sequence of poses. Restorative Yoga uses props – blocks, chairs, bars, cushions or blankets – to facilitate gentler movement of the body and proper alignment of joints and muscles. A Restorative Class makes yoga accessible to people with a wide range of physical challenges including arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer and Multiple Sclerosis. When looking for a Restorative Class, ask about the instructor’s certifications, as specialized training is necessary to teach classes for people experiencing chronic pain. Fortunately, we have several local locations with excellent certified instructors.

Recent studies conducted in the U.S., India, and the U.K. showed that over a 6-12 month period, practicing yoga reduced pain and enhanced functional ability in people with chronic non-specific lower back pain. Those practicing yoga were compared to groups who did not exercise at all, which is common among people with back pain. In another large study in the U.S., people who practiced yoga in weekly 75-min. classes had better back movement, used less pain medicine, and participants with moderate back pain experienced a reduction in pain symptoms.

There is compelling evidence that yoga and similar mind-body practices not only change physical patterns in the body, but also change the brain gray matter patterns associated with chronic pain. The National Institutes of Health recognizes yoga and similar mind-body practices for their protective effects on the mind, brain, and body.


May 16, 2022

Bioidentical Hormones: What Are They & Are They Right for You?

So, what are hormones? Hormones are chemical messengers in our body that communicate between our brain and organs, such as from our brain to our ...

December 10, 2021

Plant-Based Diet: How Do I Start?

The What, Why & How of Plant-based Nutrition, for Everyone Here’s something that might surprise you: not all plant-based diets require elimination of meat. From ...

August 4, 2021

Vitamin D: What You Need to Know for Your Health

Worldwide interest in the health protective benefits of Vitamin D has increased exponentially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We now know that low Vitamin ...

April 13, 2020

Stop the Spread, Wear a Mask.

We now have KN95 Masks available for purchase! KN95 masks are arriving this weekend. Starting Monday, April 13th, 2020 we will be selling them at ...

April 14, 2019

FODMAP Diet for IBS

Digestive Distress Diet Digestive complaints are among the most common health concerns. If you’re experiencing distress, Dr. Myra Reed will evaluate the foods and substances you are eating to identify where a reaction exists. There are many ways to conduct a dietary analysis, including food diary, food allergy testing, muscle testing, and elimination diets. The ...

April 13, 2019

Fermented Foods

You can support your gut health with fermented, nutrient-potent foods. Ranging from tangy to bitterly sweet in flavor, these foods originated decades ago in the cultures of Japan, China, India, and Germany.Fermenting imbues foods with the health-enhancing properties of live bacteria, providing an ample source of probiotics, which are essential to a strong digestive tract. ...

close