A Workbook of Authentic Practices
Yoga Therapy for structural issues deals with musculoskeletal symptoms such as scoliosis, herniated discs, recovery from surgery, broken bones, torn ligaments, and so on. Many issues that are related to your bones and muscles can be remedied by moving the body in a new prescribed way, along with breathing. We want to change the pattern of your muscular movement to support and heal the affected area. In particular Carolines yoga for lower back pain usually exceeds expectations.
Scoliosis is a lateral deviation of the spine. A scoliosis yoga session includes appropriate asymmetrical movements for the percentage of an individual’s curve to both prevent the development of continued misalignments and correct existing ones. In adults, a cure may not be possible, however yoga postures can help reduce the extent of the problem, thereby decreasing the symptoms and minimizing or relieving associated functional problems.
When developing a specialized yoga therapy for scoliosis, we take into consideration the following:
A common complaint seen in surgical practice involves protrusion of abdominal contents through the inguinal canal. It is more common in males, and is associated with poor abdominal muscles. Yoga asana practice is very useful in preventing and treating to avoid recurrence and cross development. In yoga practice most importantly we build abdominal muscles without pressure. Also inversions are ideal since the weight of abdominal contents are shifted away from the inguinal region.
The spine forms the central axis in the human body. It is capable of flexion, extension, lateral movement, and rotation. Another important feature of the spine is its link with the physiology of the body…the spine makes up the central nervous system, but also it is the central support for the trunk, which contains most of our important organs.
When your spine experiences a problem, an imbalance occurs in our entire system and causes aches & pains throughout the body.
A few common ailments in relation to our spines, that may cause pain are:
Forward bends are prescribed to stretch & release spine, but sometimes this type of bending may not be useful—if you continue to forcefully forward bend, eventually your disc will start bulging out. For acute back pain keep moving, encourage long exhalation and stretch the sciatic nerve by extension exercises. A session on yoga for lower back pain is one of Caroline’s most frequent treatments.
BackCare is a national charity that aims to reduce the impact of back pain on society by providing information, support, promoting good practice and funding research. BackCare acts as a hub between patients, (healthcare) professionals, employers, policy makers, researchers and all others with an interest in back pain.
The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering.