1. Williams

    I have gone through this post but recently I read on another site that Sun salutations and downward dog can cause disc herniation. Also straight leg raises can cause herniation, according to the website.

    I guess it is risky to generalize but are there any specific yoga poses that in general, should be welcomed and done (very slowly) and others that should be avoided, however they are done? By ‘in general’ I mean for specific lower back problems.

    Many thanks.

    • Thabo

      Hi Williams,

      You’re right to use caution when considering Yoga exercises for back pain relief. While Yoga can be beneficial there are certain poses that should be avoided because they’ll just make things worse. Here are poses that you should stay away from if you have a back problem:
      1) Lunge Twist–it can put too much pressure on the disks.
      2) Full Wheel Pose–You risk putting pressure on the back and spine.
      3)Boat Pose-It can exacerbate back pain.
      4)Seated Forward Fold–It might pinch nerves and cause even more pain.

      On the other hand, try something like The Knee Raise:

      Lying on your back draw one knee to your chest, keeping the other leg straight. Push down with your knee and pull up with your hand. Keep your shoulders on the floor.

      I hope this helps.

  2. Linda

    I have this pain which happens after I take a meal. It burns me for a while and then goes away until I take the next meal. I am wondering if anyone here knows about this and how to deal with it.

    • Thabo

      Hi Linda,

      I would advice you to see a gastroenterologist to determine the cause. The stomach pains can be the results of food allergy.

  3. Julie

    Hi, just read post. I never suffered from back pain and normally worked out using yoga and pilates. Unfortunately I traveled and was too busy to find time to exercise. When I finally got home, I came down with a terrible cold that lasted almost a month. Just as I was feeling better and was about to start my routine work out again, I manage to injure my lower while bending over to put a sock on! I never experienced such cruciating pain. I’m hoping this will go away soon. I’ve been using cold and hot compress in hopes the inflammation subsides. Do you think its just a pulled muscle or something? Any recommendations?

    • Hi Julie,

      From what you describe, your pain may not be caused by you just bending over to pick up your sock. That action may have just been a trigger for something that has been going on for a while. I would suggest in addition to massage therapy that you check in with a chiropractor. If it’s strictly a muscle issue, he or she can advise you as to what treatment would incorporate the appropriate yoga exercises for you. If it’s a nerve issue, the chiropractor will most likely recommend that you see a doctor. In any case, I wish you the best.

  4. ProlificAshley

    Approaching yoga for lower back pain in a gentle, restorative way can help you learn to find relief from pain while improving your flexibility and stress levels. I know because Yoga has helped me reduce my back pain. What do you think of people doing yoga while in pain. Is this a good idea or could it make the pain worse?

    • That’s a good question, Ashley. While many people may find relief by trying yoga for lower back pain, other more severe causes of back pain may not respond well to this treatment. Some patients may even find that their back pain intensifies after trying yoga for lower back pain. Because of this, it’s imperative that you talk to a pain doctor first to determine the source of your pain. In this way, you can avoid any activities that could increase your pain. Likewise, they may be able to suggest more appropriate therapies for you.

  5. Carrie

    Very informative post about the benefits of doing Yoga exercises to relive pain. Besides Yoga I know more and more medical expert are looking at non-medical ways to manage pain. I know for example that there is a move among some doctors to substitute exercise for medication–especially if the medication makes people dizzy and feel less in control of their body, increasing the risk of injury from a fall. Do you think yoga can in some cases be a good alternative to medication?

    • Carrie,
      Great question. It’s true that some medications have consistently been associated with a risk of falls, and the strongest risks were associated with psychotropic drugs (drugs affecting the brain) or a mixture of drugs. Reducing psychotropic drugs reduces the risk of falls, and in some cases both Yoga but especially Tai Chi are recommended as good alternatives to psychotropic drugs. To answer your question, yes in some cases yoga would be a good alternative to medication. Thanks for checking in.

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