You may not realize it, but chronic pain caused by injury, arthritis, fibromyalgia or other conditions can be greatly reduced by practicing yoga. Millions of people all over the world have been following the ancient Hindu discipline to promote harmony between mind, body and soul for centuries. Practicing yoga can help increase strength and flexibility, develop muscle tone, and manage weight. Yoga also has multiple spiritual and mental benefits that can alleviate stress to promote overall health.
- Flexibility. By practicing the same stretches over and over, the body is gradually loosened. As overall flexibility is increased, muscles and other soft tissues become more relaxed. In a few weeks’ time, those with back pain and shoulder pain can notice a decrease in pain from everyday activities.
- Strength. Yoga strengthens the core, or abdominal muscles. A stronger core provides for a healthier body. Those with chronic back pain who practiced yoga to strengthen their core found that they were less likely to have extreme pain.
- Posture. Healthy upright posture also helps with back pain.
- Stress Reduction. While going through the motions of yoga, the stress of everyday life seems to slip away. Yoga requires exact concentration on breathing and holding specific poses. Stress causes muscles to contract or spasm, which increases pain sensations. Decreasing stress directly helps to reduce pain levels for many patients suffering from pain associated with illness or injury.
Yoga and Pain Management in Langhorne, PA
For more information on how yoga can relieve pain, or any other pain management techniques and services we provide, contact Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center today. Drs. Sanjay Madnani, and Anju Madnani look forward to meeting you. We can be reached at our Langhorne office at 215-741-4410.