4 Yoga Poses To Help Lower Back Pain

There are various factors that can contribute to lower back pain, ranging from physical injury to long term sitting in uncomfortable postures. Yoga poses provide a great way to stretch your muscles and help with your lower back pain treatment. The following are four common poses that you may find helpful to perform on a daily basis.

Cat/Cow Pose

The pose referred to as cat/cow is a great pose to work out your lower back. To perform the stretch, come down on all fours with your knees bent at a ninety degree angle and your hands placed flat on the floor. With a straight back, slowly inhale and reach your chin to the ceiling, arching your back down towards the floor. When you exhale, arch your back in the opposite direction towards the ceiling and bring your head down towards the floor. Do this for around a minute and you will feel your lower back stretch.

Sciatica Soothers

Injury to your sciatica is common with long hours in a chair. An excellent pose to try is called Sciatica Soothers. Lay down on your back with your knees bent and feet/head on the floor. Wrap your hands around the back of your knees and slowly bring them in towards your chest. Hold this pose, and gently roll from left to right to massage your lower back. For an added stretch, you can perform this stretch by trying to touch your forehead to your knees, but be careful to not overstretch. Only do what feels comfortable.

Two Leg Bend

As a transition from the sciatica soothers pose, remain laying down on your back with your feet and head flat on the floor. Keep your back straight, and slowly drop your knees to one side while turning your head in the opposite direction. Hold this pose for several seconds and reverse the pose by bringing your knees to center and rolling over to the other side. Repeat this step several times.

One leg bend

The one leg bend is a great way to transition from the two leg bend pose. Lay flat on your back with legs straight out. Bring your right leg to your chest and pull it over the left side of your body using your left hand. Keep your left leg straight and rested on the floor as your turn your head to the right. Bring your leg back to the center and straighten it out to the floor. Repeat this step using the other leg to the other side.

If you continue to experience back pain in spite of performing these stretches, visit a chiropractor like those at TLC Chiropractic.