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Old Yesterday, 01:11 PM
 
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I'm interested that several of you specifically mentioned yoga.

Do you feel that actual yoga is preferable to specifically formulated back exercises? One problem with yoga is that there seems to be an infinite number of versions of it, including the trendy "mindfulness" kind.
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Old Yesterday, 01:23 PM
 
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I'm interested that several of you specifically mentioned yoga.

Do you feel that actual yoga is preferable to specifically formulated back exercises? One problem with yoga is that there seems to be an infinite number of versions of it, including the trendy "mindfulness" kind.

I think if one can go to a yoga class once-twice a week and do specifics for back issues this is good. Then do some of the stretches at home.. As my back issues have advanced, I do all my back work on the bed.
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Get diagnosed with exactly what is going on and go from there.

I injured my back when young, it was really bad for 2 years after the injury. Got better but never fully recovered.
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Old Today, 12:28 AM
 
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I'm interested that several of you specifically mentioned yoga.

Do you feel that actual yoga is preferable to specifically formulated back exercises? One problem with yoga is that there seems to be an infinite number of versions of it, including the trendy "mindfulness" kind.
The trendy mindfulness stuff is also used in pain management. Some people who've had all the drugs and still have pain and need another way use it.

Most ordinary back pain can be helped by strengthening core muscles. If you don't do those kinds of exercises, beginner yoga is a good start because it can loosen up those muscles and give you more range of motion, some strength, and better posture. It's gentler than going to the gym or physical therapy. Yoga is more of a whole body (and sometimes mind) thing and it's relaxing. You can add core-specific exercises and get a lot of benefit.

If your pain is caused by something medical, it's best to go to your doctor first and you can ask about exercise or yoga.
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Old Today, 10:49 AM
 
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Don't forget consistent use of anti-inflammatory OTC medications. There are specific exercises as mentioned...many MD offices keep printed copies for patients. Otherwise, ck with your MD for eval.



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Most times lower back pain will get better without doing much, as there is not a lot you can do while you are in pain. What you can do when the pain subsides is strengthen your core muscles. Planks are great for that.
I have had lower back pain on and off for a long time, but once I took my PT's advice and worked on strengthening my core I never have lower back pain anymore.
Of course you might have something more serious that does need some medical attention. For now I would ice it. If the pain continues for another week or gets worse, see your doctor.
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Old Today, 10:52 AM
 
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I guess I use yoga as a general term. I have RA in my lower back and I picked out stretches (yoga) that taret that area and relieve the pain. The pain can radiate to my upper back so I use different stretches for those. I don't go to classes, I do them at home. Pinterst made it easy for me to find options.
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