Did you know that low back pain is the most common reason for people to go visit their GP? Up to 40 percent of people who experience low back pain will have symptoms lasting more than three months.
With many of us sitting down for work (a total of 1920 hours each year to be specific) low back pain and poor posture is becoming more of an issue. Our bodies are designed to move, and when we sit for long periods of time, our body doesn’t like it.
When you sit and you bend your knees, you are shortening the hamstrings, which can be responsible for low back pain as they pull the hips and pelvis out of alignment. Being sedentary can lead to numerous musculoskeletal problems such as inadequate flexibility, pain, stiffness, shortening and weakening of muscles and poor posture.
Yoga combines several key aspects including balance, flexibility and meditation. Yoga comprises of completing certain poses beneficial for the body to help stretch, lengthen and improve strength in muscles.
Research has looked at the effectiveness of yoga in lowback pain. The results show that there are slight improvements in back function and mobility as well as improvements in hamstrings and hip flexors. These muscles happen to be the ones that shorten with chronic sitting!
Yoga not only helps relieve muscle tension and improve flexibility, it also is beneficial for the mind by decreasing stress and improving overall wellbeing. Yoga also helps with body awareness and body positioning.
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