Recovery after surgery, as any person who has ever had it will tell you, isn’t as simple as they make it seem. Worse yet for those who undergo surgery related to lower back pain. 20% of patients who undergo spinal surgery often discover that they actually do not find relief for their pain. The other 80% will still experience back problems but they will not be as unrelenting as for the unfortunate 20%. They all invariably will have difficulty with spinal flexion.
Yoga is just one of the forms of exercise available that can help treat lower back pain. The exercises (asanas) need to be practiced faithfully. Yoga needs to be practiced diligently in order to develop a strong spine that is supple as well. Yoga also allows its participants to improve posture and body image. These last two factors are important because body movements are especially important to people suffering from back pain. Sitting, standing and lying down can all have painful consequences if not done correctly.
In order to help you do these three activities the right way, here are some tips:
Sitting is something that is so natural and yet few people are aware that there is a right way to sit and a wrong way to sit. Those prone to back problems need to know the following especially.
Always sit on a chair that has a firm seat, avoid any seats that are cushiony. Your butt should be firmly set on the seat. Ensure your spine and tailbone is in a lolled position. For extra support, you can place a rolled towel in the small of your back to help you keep upright. Sitting in the Diamond Posture (see below) is preferable because there is great benefit concerning the sciatic nerve. This technique also helps correct a convex spine or lateral curvature that may occur in the spine.
It should be noted that if you are on pain medication or suffering from acute back pain such that you cannot sit nor stand comfortably, then wait before starting these exercises. Take whatever medication you have been prescribed by your doctor and any bed rest needed.
The asanas practiced in yoga offer participants an opportunity to stretch the spinal muscles safely if done correctly. These exercises provide a means for para-spinal muscles to become strengthened and for toning of abdominal organs and the buttocks. Spinal pressure points will also be stimulated. Each exercise must be carried out until one feels a slight pain.