How to Go Back to Yoga After a Back Injury

How to Go Back to Yoga After a Back Injury

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I got a question from a reader named Rachel:

“Hello, I recently re-injured my back and therefore purchased the Fix My Back Pain. It’s amazing. I almost got an immediate improvement in my back pain. I am wondering once I am free with back pain, can I resume doing stretches or Yoga poses which have me curved and round out my back?”

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Rachel, thank you very much for sending in your question.

Now my approach is I hate when anyone tells me you can’t do something or you will never be able to do something. And I hate to say that to someone else.

But when it comes to Yoga, when you go back to Yoga after recovering from your back pain you just need to be a little bit smarter when it comes to doing Yoga.

You must:

  • Know what your limits are.
  • Know what you can do.
  • Slowly go back to what you were able to do before.

You are not going to be able to jump in and do what you were able to do multiple months ago. It is going to take you some time to get back.  It will take time for your body to get the movement, for your muscles to remember what you are doing, for your mind to feel more confident in what you are doing and for you to reach the level that you ended up doing before.

And the last thing that I would really mention is when it comes to movements and if you had a previous back injury, try to look at having the movement happen in the hips. The more you can keep the lower back neutral, the better.

With a neutral back, what I mean is that curve in your lower back is maintained. You are not rounding it out or flattening it out. You are trying to maintain that curve and have the movement happen from the hips.

Rachel, I hope I gave you the answer that you are looking for. Yes, you will be able to get back to Yoga. Just remember that it is going to take some time for your body to get back to where it was. Really try to work on that movement coming from your hips and keeping your back in neutral.

Lastly, there’s a lot of research showing that there is benefit in doing Yoga when it comes to low back pain relief. Research out there says that doing Yoga once a week ends up having a benefit on low back pain, so it is something to think about.

Now if you are suffering from low back pain, I strongly suggest you checking out Fix My Back Pain :

 There you go, this is Rick Kaselj from saying take care and bye bye.

Rick Kaselj, MS

P.S. – If you would like to ask a question about your injury, you can leave it on my Facebook Fan Page wall.

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