Friday, 25 September 2015 20:14

How to Use Yoga for Pain Relief

Yoga is great for reducing stress, boosting balance and flexibility and even for weight loss, but what many people don't realize is that it comes with a range of additional potential benefits, as well. For instance, there are certain yoga poses that have been found to be great for helping in pain reduction. 

Naturally, all pain can't simply be eliminated through certain movements, but as a part of a healthful diet and proper care of the body, regular use of these practices can make a considerable difference in providing pain relief quite quickly. Yoga for pain relief gives you a natural way to feel better. 

The key is to make sure that you are working the right poses in yoga for pain relief into your routine. The following are some of the most commonly used poses for this purpose:

• Inflammation – Deep relaxation poses, as opposed to stretching poses, can make a considerable difference in helping the body to rest and heal. For that reason, the "Restorative Reclining Bound Angle Pose" is often used to help to reduce inflammation, which is a primary source of pain. This involves lying on the floor with bent knees and feet flat on the floor. The ribcage should be on a bolster, with the head resting on a folded blanket. Let your knees fall to the sides, resting your thighs on blocks (or regular pillows, as you bring your feet together. Let your arms rest at your sides with your palms facing up. Hold this position and rest for three to five minutes.

• Sciatica – this pain in the lower back and legs can be eased by deep-hip rotator stretching in order to ease the tightness there. In this case, the pose is called the "Figure Four". Lie on your back and bend your knees with your feet on the floor. Bring the left ankle to the right knee and draw the legs toward the chest. Hold onto the left hamstring and gently bring the legs even closer to the chest. Rest your head on the floor and try to allow your hips to drop toward the floor. Relax this way for one to two minutes and then repeat on the other side.

• Headache/neck pain – These are very common from tension and from working at a computer all day. A pose that eases muscle tension and stress is preferable here. The "Restorative Chest Pose" is often selected. Roll a towel or mat to 3 to 5 inches in diameter. Lie on your back with the roll positioned vertically behind your head and spine. Allow your body to relax heavily on the roll, closing your eyes. Remain there for two to five minutes. This releases tension in the shoulders, chest, and back that can lead to neck tension and that can cause headaches.

These poses in yoga for pain relief have the potential to help you become pain-free. 

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