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Yoga for back and neck pain

My back has been, well, back to giving me lots of trouble lately. I've had a stiff neck on the right side for weeks - my massage therapist could barely begin to work on the knots when I saw her most recently. And that's been giving me tension headaches. My left hand is getting tingly numbness a lot (and I'm left handed so that's really bothersome.) And worse my sciatica has been getting awful when I'm driving; even sitting behind the wheel for 15-20 minutes and I start getting shooting pain down my right leg.

In other words, I'm a wreck!

So besides doing what I can about the stress that's causing all of this tension, and trying to work on my health to lose some weight to take some stress off my joints, I've found some yoga-based stretching "workouts" to do at home. I really like the yoga practices by Jen Hilman on youtube, so tonight I did the Neck & Shoulder Pain Relief routine and then Yoga for Back Pain & Sciatica Relief . My back definitely feels like it's had a good stretch and some of the tension seems to be broken up in my neck. These are really nice and relaxing to do right before bedtime, too.

I think I want to try to do at least 30 minutes of yoga stretching a night for a while and see if I can really break this up without having to start another series of visits at the chiropractor.

It's also nice and cooler tonight as we finally had some much needed rain earlier. So I've got the windows open for the first time in a month or so and perhaps falling asleep to the crickets will help me get a better night's sleep.

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FourWalls wrote on August 11, 2015, 12:11 AM

They have a yoga class at the VA hospital. I think I'll give it a try to see if it helps my neck and back! It can't hurt, right? Thanks!

morilla wrote on August 11, 2015, 12:50 AM

I found massage therapy a real help 20 years ago. Unfortunately, I can't afford it these days, even if I could find one who now does 'real' sports massage. Hot towels and running, hot water help mitigate things a bit, but aren't "the Solution." My hesitation about Yoga stems from not knowing exactly what I'm doing and not having someone there to coach/help.

sockii wrote on August 11, 2015, 7:45 AM

Some of the stretching-focused yoga routines (like the ones I linked above) aren't about tricky positions or difficult moves. It's really just about slow stretching, breathing, and holding stretches long enough for there to be some real effect.

sockii wrote on August 12, 2015, 6:35 AM

A migraine? No. A tension headache? Sometimes. It all depends on what is causing the headache in the first place.