Groundbreaking Relief For Chronic Back Pain

This groundbreaking article was first researched using the expertise of the U. S.  Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

We have read and found the key facts for you that are very easy to understand. Please don’t think for one minute we have “dumbed” their material down, certainly not.

I just want people to have easy access to their excellent health information. As a former clinician for 25 years, I’m aware that many people find it hard to understand health jargon and what is known as “health literacy” was a constant goal in my practice.

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

The NCCAM team for the “Scientific Results: Yoga for Health and Well-being” was prepared by Dr.  Josephine Briggs, with Dr. George Salem and Dr.  Karen Sherman, all very experienced researchers studying the health benefits yoga.

Best Yoga Poses For Balance

Yoga is increasingly being used to prevent falls in older adults, to help chronic low back pain.


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Before you start a yoga program, talk to your health care provider and a yoga teacher.

In summary, the NCCAM research confirms yoga is good, and it has its place along with other forms of exercise, for seniors.

The researchers studied how an older body moves. They put reflective balls on their joints, wires across their muscles, and taped all kinds of electronic devices to their limbs.

They put the seniors through a yoga program of a warm up, a cool down period, breathing, concentration, and meditation.

Traditional Yoga poses for Seniors now thought to cause damage.


What they discovered were that yoga poses they thought were targeting specific muscle groups are targeting completely different muscle groups.

Poses we thought were relatively safe were not as they place large loads on joints.

This is really interesting because to tell you a little story, this year I turn 60. I decided it to be transformational year and hired a personal trainer for two sessions per week. Two months down the track I have a meniscal tear in both knees from doing 30kg squats erly on in my training program. My year of physical transformation came to a grinding halt. And, it’s taking six months to recover, first to walk again and them strengthen my knees.

What these researchers as doing is really important work so read on.

An example of a pose which they thought was going to be doing one thing but now we’ve learned it’s doing something very different.

The Warrior Yoga Pose v’s Tree Yoga Pose For Senior Balance


The Warrior Pose, it’s often thought to increase balance. It makes sense; your legs are spread far apart and targeting the outer muscles of the thigh and bottom. Infact, this post targets the inner thigh muscles.

A better pose for balance is the Tree Pose because it strengthens the hip muscles and these are important for balance.


They hope this research will ultimately be in a book or online. So I’m helping them get this important work out to senior yogi’s and their students.

YOGA IS A Solution For Chronic Back Pain

Back pain is the number one reason why people reach out to alternative and complimentary therapists. The researchers at NCCAM asked what should the yoga program include to help back pain.

They focussed on postures and breathing with relaxation elements using the vini style of yoga because it is very flexible and can easily adapt to the person.

They explained, back pain researchers often find that nothing works.  There are over a hundred treatments for back pain out there, most of them have not been tested and what’s the poor clinician or what’s the poor patient to do?

Caring for people with low-back pain is quite challenging for the conventional physician. It turns out that most people don’t have an identifiable lesion on x-ray and so docs don’t have a great idea of what to give people other than drugs or maybe a referral to physical therapy.

So what happens is the patient is often frustrated, and the doctor feels bad because they can’t help the patient very well, and everyone is unhappy.

The Yoga researchers found, to their surprise that yoga did work. It was superior to the usual care. Not enormously better but statistically significant and intriguing.

What’s more, the back pain sufferers continued to practice yoga after the research had finished. About two-thirds of the people in the studies reported that they had practiced yoga in the prior week so yoga is helping.

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People want to know what the magic pose is for back pain. It turns out that a sequence of poses is quite important the Vini yoga tradition. And also the poses that can be most helpful might differ from person to person.

For example, if somebody needs to learn to relax, the wheel pose and associated very gentle relaxing poses would be extremely important.

If a person is weak in some area, they’ll need to have some more strengthening kinds of poses, for example. The ones that strengthen the hip muscles, so it just depends on the individual.

Our posture sequence was designed to provide all of that so people could get an idea what would be helpful for them.

Scientists continue to study how yoga may be used to help improve health safely. Yoga and other mind and body therapies are being integrated into conventional health care settings.

Interest in these practices often is based on results from research that we have described for you today.

Know which health conditions Yoga Poses won’t help


Other studies reported by the NCCAM report:

  1. Practicing yoga(as well as other forms of regular exercise)might have other health benefits such as reducing heart rate and blood pressure, and may also help relieve anxiety and depression.

 2. Yoga is not helpful for asthma,

3. Yoga to help arthritis has had mixed results

4. Yoga is generally considered to be safe in healthy people when practiced appropriately.

5. People with high blood pressure, glaucoma, or sciatica, and women who are pregnant should modify or avoid some yoga poses.

6. Everyone’s body is different, and yoga postures should be modified based on individual abilities.

7. Carefully selecting an instructor who is experienced and is attentive to your needs is an essential step toward helping you practice yoga safely.

8. Always talk to your instructor about any medical issues you have, and ask about the physical demands of yoga.

If you’re thinking about practicing yoga, be sure to talk to your health care providers. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help to ensure coordinated and safe care.

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