Study finds mindfulness meditation and yoga ease back pain
Your life shouldn’t be spent sitting on the sidelines — especially when chronic back pain is keeping you from the things you love most. While The Journal of the American Medical Association cites lower back pain as the leading cause of disability in the United States, a recent study shows that certain types of relaxation may be an effective treatment.
Keep in mind, relaxation isn’t just unwinding on that comfy couch after work. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, people who practiced mindfulness meditation, breathing, yoga and cognitive behavioral changes had significantly less back pain than those who continued usual treatments. But how can that be?
Take a deep breath while you consider the positive effects of relaxation on back pain:
Feeling less stressed — Relaxing means knowing how to slow down. Yoga and meditation help to control stress and reduce the muscle tension that contributes to neck or back pain.
Promoting better breathing — It’s easy to forget that we can consciously take control of our breathing. Controlled breathing techniques, such as those used during yoga and meditation, help to calm the body and ease tension.
Getting energized — Instead of cracking open another energy drink, how about refreshing your mind and body through meditation and different yoga poses? Try our Seven-Day Yoga Challenge.
Increasing core strength — A strong core is a great way to maintain a healthy spine and avoid back pain. Yoga can help strengthen your core muscles while keeping you relaxed.
What’s more — the study shows that mindfulness-based stress reduction may ease depression, while cognitive behavioral changes may help depression and anxiety. These techniques may also help back pain sufferers avoid opioid pain medication.
If you’ve already tried meditation, yoga and other nonsurgical treatments for chronic neck or back pain, let us know if you haven’t met your pain relief goals. You may be a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient procedures that have helped thousands of patients get their lives back.