Oh, Your Achin’ Back! (Yoga Helps!)

Oh, Your Achin’ Back

Sad to say, most of us will have back pain at some point in our lives, but the best cures are surprising low-tech, says Luke Madigan, MD, a spine specialist at Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic in Tennessee. Some easy yet effective options:

Do next to nothing. In a review of more than 70 studies analyzed by Dr. Madigan, 90% of patients with back pain felt better three months after a flare-up, whether they used an anti-inflammatory (like Advil) or a heating pad or did daily stretching.

Relax. “Research has shown that meditation and gentle yoga can help relieve back pain,” says Susan Evans, PhD, director of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at Weill Cornell Medical College. That’s probably because they decrease muscle tension and your perception of how bad the discomfort really is. Abigal Cuffey, for the July 7, 2009 Womans Day Magazine.

So, come to Yoga Next Monday night, June 22, 2009 at 7 p.m. for a bit of Gentle Beginning Back Yoga with Gaileee. (Soon to be an Internationally Known Yoga Teacher).

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