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Can yoga help with back pain?

If you sustain a back injury while on the job, whether from a single incident or from repetitive motions over time, then you want to follow the precise instructions of your doctor. Following these orders increases the chances of having a smoother workers' comp claim.

There are other steps you can take on your own to find relief. Research suggests yoga can be particularly beneficial for back pain. You do not even have to join a gym. Many stretches you can do from the comfort of your own home. 

How does yoga help?

Yoga requires concentration and holding a specific pose for an extended length of time. By maintaining the pose, you strengthen all the muscles involved. Some poses specifically target back muscles. Yoga also allows you to become more aware of your body and figure out which areas specifically hurt the most. 

There are also mental benefits of yoga to take into consideration. Filing a workers' comp claim is naturally a long and arduous process. You do not want stress to get the better of you, and spending 10 or 15 minutes each day practicing yoga helps take your mind off those worries. 

Which yoga poses target back muscles?

With a yoga mat and some comfortable clothes, you can practice yoga at home. There are plenty of stretches you can learn how to do that help with lower back pain. They include:

  • Downward-Facing Dog
  • Child's Pose
  • Pigeon Pose
  • Cat and Cow Pose
  • Triangle Pose
  • Upward-Facing Dog
  • Upward Forward Bend

These poses and more are simple to master. Before starting yoga or any other exercise regimen, talk to your doctor. In many cases, yoga is a good way to exercise when you are unable to engage in other physical activities. 

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