Yoga For Back Pain Relief by Shreya’s Yoga Retreat
Back pain is remarkably common. At any one time 30-40% of the population has back pain and between 80-90% experiences it sometime in their lives. The commonest type of back pain is caused by some kind of mechanical stress or damage within the back which gets better fairly quickly. Poor posture, excessive stresses (physical and psychological), aging problems and mechanical damage may all contribute to back pain.
Although organic causes of back pain like infections or injuries require medications or surgical interventions, most people experience only functional-non specific back pain. This is mainly caused due to our bad lifestyle leading to weak muscles, over working of wrong muscles and repeated injuries due to unused exercise and psychological stress.
Stress is an established cause of disability in chronic low back pain. Increased muscle spasm is the nature’s protective response to the demanding situation along with many other changes such as increased heart rate, increased breathing rate etc that help us to cope up with demanding situations.. This will not be a problem if the period of stress is short and the person gets enough resting time after the demanding period. But today’s lifestyle is full of such demanding situations without any time for relaxation. Therefore, these long standing stresses of any type demand the muscles all over the body to be in a state of increased contraction (spasm). This long standing spasm in the already weak postural muscles causes persistent back pain.
How to over come stress, anxiety and depression with help of Yoga
We all experience anxiety and depression sometime or the other in our lives. It is a normal helpful reaction to stress fully demanding situations and is one of the several emotions that we experience in our lives in response to situations. But problem arises when it occurs too often and lasts too long; as it can adversely affect the work and mental health. Excessive long standing anxiety could lead to persistent fear, excessive alertness or sleeplessness, palpitation, high blood pressure, breathlessness, sweating, restlessness, excess sugar levels in blood (Diabetes). Energy is drained out chronically resulting in both mental and physical exhaustion, tiredness, inefficiency at work, etc.
When the stress fully demanding situations go on increasing beyond one’s own capacity to cope, one starts losing control over the mind-body equilibrium resulting in gross imbalances in the chemistry of brain. Anxiety and depression show up as two faces of the same coin. The excited stimulated state manifesting as anxiety is mediated by excessive nor epinephrine and depression-“give up” response is due to deficiency of amine like serotonin.
Yoga- the Science of Holistic Detox
In today’s world, we have become quite successful in our external achievements, and yet we have not been able to create either individual or social peace, wisdom or happiness. Our own assets like our body, our emotions etc have become so toxic due to our negligence that they start becoming obstacles to our success and wellbeing. People are now on the lookout for finding ways to detox their bodies and minds for attaining health, peace and tranquility- this attainment is the goal of Yoga. Yoga is a holistic science of detoxifying all levels of our being. Yoga detox is not just of the physical being.Yoga involves detox of all levels of being- physical, energies, emotions and behavior and intellect.
In Yoga, physical detox involves intake of simple and well regulated diet, adequate sleep, physical exercise and relaxation. Yoga Asanas are extremely beneficial to stabilize the body and nerves. Yoga Asanas also aid in detox by ensuring adequate oxygenation, circulation and relaxation of every part of the body. Through regular practice of Yoga Asanas, the eliminative channels of the body are also strengthened to reinforce detoxification.
The Yoga detox of our energies is done by conscious regulation of breath- Pranayama. Just witnessing our breath while we are agitated gives us a glimpse of how haphazard our breathing pattern gets based on our emotions. Detox at this level will happen only when we learn to still our breath by practicing Yoga breathing techniques. The cleansing techniques (Shatkarma) of Hatha Yoga also aid in this process.