Pain in the lower back is a common concern. According to Dr. William C. Shiel, specialist in the field of rheumatology, lower back pain affects up to 90% of Americans at some point in their life.
In up to 85% of people, despite a thorough medical exam, no specific cause for the pain can be identified. Yet it is one of the most common reasons to visit a doctor or a hospital's emergency department. It is also second to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work.
A growing number of people, on their doctor's recommendations, are turning to yoga to alleviate their pain.
The benefits of yoga for lower back pain are tremendous. West Virginia University conducted a year-long study with participants suffering from chronic lower back pain. Here are the results after only 24 weeks of doing yoga twice a week:
Interested in getting started? The following video is a short yoga sequence that can help you alleviate your symptoms. If the pain is severe, make sure you should get clearance from your doctor before doing any type of exercise.
Through yoga, we can definitely help you strengthen your back and loosen up the stiffness. If you are interested in getting started, our Tuesday night class is well-suited for beginners, and definitely offers solutions to lower-back issues.
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