Simple restorative yoga practices for pain management

Simple restorative yoga practices for pain management

February 26, 2016

If you suffer from pain that is constant or never seems to go away for long, you have chronic pain. Some people may tell you ‘it’s all in your mind’, but it’s not. Millions of Americans have some type of chronic pain, commonly in the neck and shoulders, and along the spine.

Doctors in the past believed that pain could only be caused by strains, sprains and breaks to muscles and bones, infections, and injured discs. It is now generally understood that pain is much more complex, and that the human body as a whole works as an interconnected system. Pain can manifest from stress, and sometimes tightness in a one muscle group leads to pain in another part of the body.

Luckily, there are proven ways to take the pain away. There are ways to unlearn chronic stress and pain responses that will help your mind and body to achieve practice pain relief.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is a practice that combines gentle yoga poses and conscious breathing exercises. The result, for many, is healing and relaxation. The effectiveness of this is due to several factors.

  • While holding poses, the stillness of your body results in you dropping off deep layers of tension.
  • While engaged in these poses, you use props to support your body.
  • There is no challenging stretching or strengthening with these gentle poses.
  • Restorative yoga rests your body but enlists your mind in concentration.

There are different poses you can employ that will bring your body into a greater harmony and lessen the pain you have been experiencing.

Nesting Pose

Using pillows for your head and between your knees (to relax your hips), lie on your side and draw your legs up to your belly. This pose creates a true sense of security and nourishment. Rest in the natural rhythm of each breath.

Supported Bound Angle Pose

Lying on your back with a bolster underneath your head, and place your legs in a diamond shape supported on each side with pillows. Lean back on the bolster with your hands to your sides. This allows your breathing to be unrestricted.

Supported Backbend Pose

Place pillows under slightly bent knees. Place a pillow or folded towel under your upper back and another under your head or neck. This pose improves the flow of your breath.

Supported Forward Bend

Sitting cross-legged, lean forward onto a stack of pillows, or the support of a chair cushion. This pose relaxes your hips and spine.

All of the restorative yoga poses can be discussed with your pain management doctors in Tempe. Your body will learn to breathe and let go of pain in a whole new way.

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