When it comes to chronic pain, you may find every moment of your day absorbed by the excruciating discomfort you’re feeling. You’ve probably tried every remedy, every pain medication in the book. If you’ve exhausted those options, consider keeping your chronic pain at bay with yoga.
According to the Yoga Journal, when most people say they do yoga, what they are actually doing is the practice of asana which is “a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.”
So how does this benefit those suffering from chronic pain?
In the lecture titled “Effect of Environment on the Long-Term Consequences of Chronic Pain,” M. Catherine Bushnell Ph.D. presented research on yoga’s ability to counteract chronic pain. According to Psychology Today, Bushnell’s research explores using mind-body practices such as yoga to reduce pain perception and offset the effects of age-related decreases in gray matter volume while helping to maintain white matter integrity. According to her findings, yoga builds up the gray matter through neurogenesis and strengthens white matter.
This isn’t the first time scientists have found emotional and physical benefits to doing yoga. Harvard Health Publishing explained that yoga may help individuals who suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, lower back pain, and other types of chronic pain.
If you suffer from chronic pain and want to try yoga as a remedy for your symptoms, check out these poses from Healthline. We picked two you may want to try!
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge pose)
Used often in physical therapy, to do this pose, line your spine on the ground, bend your knees and set your feet on the floor, heels as close to the sitting bones as possible. Exhale and press your inner feet and arms actively into the floor. Then, push your tailbone upward toward the pubis, firming your buttocks off the floor. Keep your thighs and inner feet parallel. Clasp the hands below your pelvis and extend through the arms to help you stay on the tops of your shoulders. Once your buttocks and thighs are about parallel to the floor, keep your knees directly over your heels and push them forward, away from the hips. Lengthen the tailbone toward the backs of the knees and lift the pubis toward the navel. Lift your chin slightly away from your sternum and firm your shoulder blades against your back. Then press the top of the sternum toward your chin and firm the outer arms, broaden the shoulder blades, and try to lift the space between them at the base of the neck up into the torso. Hold this pose for 30 seconds to one minute then exhale, rolling your spine back to the floor.
Urdhva Hastasana (Chair Yoga)
On an inhalation, raise your arms toward the ceiling. While maintaining proper upper body posture, relax your shoulders and allow your rib cage to sit naturally over the hips. Anchor your sit bones in your chair and reach up.
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NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.