- About 80 percent of people experience back pain at some point in their life
- Women with several pregnancies are more vulnerable to back pain
- Pain, stiffness, and deformity are the main symptoms of Lumbar Spondylitis
- Practicing selected Yogic Asanas helps relieve back pain
- More people choose Yoga as a physiotherapy
Once confined to a minority group of people, back pain has now turned out to be a serious health issue in the changing lifestyles. It has been titled as the ‘Modern International Epidemic,”considering the number of people getting affected across the globe.
Addressing the issue spreading in large even in healthy youngsters, a recent study points out that selected yoga postures could act as a curing medicine for the back pain. Termed as ‘Lumbar Spondylitis,’ back pain can appear in different forms according to its root cause.
The research was conducted jointly by Rajesh Kumar Manik, Department of Ayush, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Odisha, Ashok Kumar Mahapatra, Sumit Bansal and Ashis Patnaik, Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha and Rajendra Gartia, Department of Statistics, Sambalpur University, Sambalpur, Odisha.
As per the earlier researches, almost 80 percent people experience back pain at some point in their life. The chances of back pain are high in women with several pregnancies.
According to experts symptoms of Lumbar Spondylitis are:
-Pain Paresthesia or numbness in the back
The research which was conducted in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha included 172 patients who complained about back pain and referred for yoga practice by the Department of Ayush, AIIMS, Odisha. Selected asanas were given to the participants for practicing for 60 minutes time duration every day.
The selected asanas included ‘Pawanamukthasanas, Backward bending series, standing and stretching asanas and Pranayama. On a prescribed schedule, the patients were instructed to practice the yoga.
The research found a significant reduction in back pain and other joint pains after the continuous Yoga practice. According to the study, regular yoga practice stretches the muscle and loosens them, giving relief to the pain caused due to work stress. It looked at the efficiency of Yoga Asanas in toning of muscles and releasing tensions.
Taking a cue from the research which was published in International Journal of Yoga, it can be brought into practice in our daily life and get rid of back pain and related health issues.
“We have been coming across with similar cases being effectively treated through Yoga, and more people started choosing it like physiotherapy,” shares Gopinath Edakkunny, who has been practicing as Yoga master for past 35 years in Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala. He added that the kind of Yoga Asanas recommended to people with Lumbar Spondylitis depend upon the cause of the pain and the age of the patient.