Yoga Can Relieve Symptoms of Chronic Pain

No matter what, if you experience chronic pain, healthy eating and regular exercise helps. For those who are new to regular exercise routines it might be difficult to keep yourself going. Traditionally, the first rule of thumb is to find a workout you enjoy. If you do that you are more likely to be consistent and reap the benefits of steady exercise. However, particularly for those who suffer from chronic pain symptoms, yoga is worth giving a try.

Yoga, as a workout, has a unique blend of calorie burning, muscle building powers along with soothing and relaxation benefits. reported on a study that stated: "Yoga was just as good as physical therapy for reducing pain and increasing mobility. The study followed 320 mainly low-income, racially diverse adults with chronic low back pain. The study also found that patients who practiced yoga were also less inclined to require pain medications at 12 weeks."

Some medical experts argue that yoga is not a supplement for physical therapy but a complement. Logistically, the need for either or both is up to you, your needs and your comfort level.

Below are some of the primary reasons yoga is great for easing, or healing, symptoms caused by chronic pain

  • Yoga is low-impact and can be adapted to suit individual needs and can be structured around your limitations and skill level. There is no need to be nervous! Everyone was/is a beginner at one point of time or another.

  • Yoga is a "mindful" activity. Its essence is predicated on living in the moment and being fully self-aware. There is an explicit link between the brain and the nervous system. Therefore, if the brain is calmed, the nervous system is calmed.

  • Yoga is meditative and relaxing. Conscious breathing is at the heart of yoga. Deep breathing is known to reduce blood pressure, reduce cortisol levels and ease muscle tension. The relaxation helps reduce stress which in turn reduces inflammation flare-ups.

  • There is a lot of stretching in yoga. Stretching helps ease muscle tension and takes added strain off your bones.

  • Yoga helps you maintain good posture. Correctly aligning your posture also keeps unnecessary strain off joints and ligaments.

What may be a high consideration for some is that yoga, or any kind of physical activity, may also cut down or eliminate the need for heavy prescription pain medications. Yoga is a fantastic holistic approach to your overall well-being. Maybe it won't be for you, but it couldn't hurt to give it a try and find out. Your stiff muscles and joints might thank you.