More than 80% of the population is suffering from extreme back pain owing to different reasons. Most of them suffer from slip disc or herniated disc that is now more commonly noticed and reported by people. A person having a slipped disc is in a very painful and debilitating condition. It is also known as a herniated disc, ruptured disc or bulging disc. Slip disc is mostly caused by chronic movements like forwar bending etc.
So, how can this slip disc be treated? Yoga has the solution. Yoga is overall a brilliant therapy for slip disc because it uplifts correct posture, stretching and breathing while decreasing stress and muscle tension.
The dedicated practice of yoga for slipped disc is very helpful, but if done improperly, yoga can also be harmful too. Practising asana teaches the person suffering from herniated disc to become more conscious about the body while sitting, bending and lifestyle adjustments will come naturally when moving in daily life, but stretching and overstretching improperly can sometimes be proven worse for the situation.
So, it is better to get a knowledge about which asana is good and bad for your particular condition. Therapeutic Yoga can definitely help the person to get relief from the pain caused by slip disc, but that too work accordingly if the person has correct information about the benefits and limitations of asana to be practiced to eliminate the slip disc.
Here is the list of the some yoga poses to avoid with herniated disc. But the same asanas can be proved beneficial for the slip disc pain relief if they will be performed with the help of any kind of support or props as in therapeutic yoga.
1. Paschimottasana (Seated Forward Bend Asana)
Try avoiding this asana as Forward bending is prohibited for the Slip Disc Patients, instead, using the support such as bolsters and also with the help of Yoga teacher makes the spine gets its original alignment and relieves the patient from back pain and stiffness. See Paschimottanasana with supports above.
2. Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)
The slip disc patients are advised to avoid the rounding of the back. So, in place of usual Chakrasana, perform this using standing box. Later will help in removing the stiffness from the lumbar region of the body and reduces the compression between disc and nerves while increasing the blood circulation in the vertebrae.
Sirsasana is prohibited for slip disc patients because the head rests on the surface without any kind of support, which is not considered convenient for the patients. Hence, perform this asana in hanging manner as shown below to remove the compression in the discs in the lumbar region of the body.
4. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
Performing Sarvangasana without any prop or support can itself cause many major harms to the body including the strain in the muscular cells and vertebral column. Instead, practice it with the help of a chair and bolster as shown below. This helps in giving the maximum stretch on the vertebral column helps in removing the tension between the disc.
5. Viparita Dandasana (Two-Legged Inverted Staff Pose)
This asana is not possible without props or supports as it can increase the severity of pain for the slip disc patients. So, avoid this asana in case of severe slip disc. In lieu of this, perform this asana along with the table, bolster and weights which remove the compression occurred in the spine when disc slipped from its original place.
6. Adho Mukha Virasana (Child Pose)
The slip disc patients are advised to avoid the forward bending. Instead, try Adho Mukha Virasana with a bolster or thick blankets, this will give support to the body while performing this asana. It improves the level of oxygen in the body and helps in relaxing the body and mind.
7. Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)
For the patients of slip disc, twisting is prohibited because without any support or a trainer, can cause more nerve compression. So, Avoid this asana and practice this with the help of a chair and a yoga expert. It helps in the gradual correct positioning of the discs by decreasing the pressure on the spine. It helps in reducing the compression on the nerves.
Last but not the least, all we can say is try modernizing the usual yoga by practising these above-mentioned asanas through Iyengar yoga method i.e with support or props and observe the changes within yourself. Supportive Slip Disc Treatment by Yoga is very much effective and powerful.
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