Therapeutic movement can help ease the burden of chronic pain by reducing both physical and mental stress, improving circulation and aiding the body’s natural detoxification processes.
Chronic pain and stress in the body typically get worse as time goes by, leaving the body and nervous system in a constant state of “fight or flight” stress response. Because the brain learns to get “good” at perceiving pain – which actually means it is overly sensitized to it – it takes less and less to make the pain worse.
Consistent practices incorporating gentle movement and conscious breathing is one of the best ways we have available to help the body and brain to unlearn chronic pain.
What is yoga?
Yoga is a mind and body practice with roots from ancient India. It is part meditative practice and part movement practice. Like other meditative or movement practices, it is used to promote health. There are various styles of yoga that combine different physical postures and breathing techniques that have a focus of relaxation.
Does yoga help with pain?
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine stated that people with chronic low-back pain had a reduction of pain in six months and that yoga was more effective than a self-care program for people with chronic pain. Yoga also can help improve function (the ability to walk and move). Studies suggest that 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 help relieve anxiety and depression.