Chronic Pain Management
How Can Yoga Therapy Help with Chronic Pain Management
When people think about yoga, most people associate the benefits of yoga with flexibility. But yoga is so much more than that, and yoga therapy can help with chronic pain management in several ways.
First, yoga therapy can help to break the cycle of pain by teaching people how to be more aware of their bodies and their breath. Often, people who are in chronic pain are not aware of how they are holding themselves and/or their breath throughout the day. By becoming more aware of these things, people can start to make changes that can help to reduce or eliminate their pain.
Yoga therapy can also help by increasing your mobility. This is important because when people are in pain, they often unconsciously protect the area that hurts by contracting other muscles around it. Have you heard the phrasing: ‘hold your core strong to protect your back’? This can lead to unneeded muscle tension and further pain. Yoga therapy helps to re-establish a sense of ease and movement in the body.
Third, yoga therapy can help to reduce stress and anxiety, which are major contributors to chronic pain. When people are stressed, they tend to hold their muscles in a tighter state, which can lead to more pain. Yoga therapy can help to reduce stress and anxiety by teaching people how to release both mental and physical stress.
As well, yoga therapy can help to improve circulation and increase oxygenation of the tissues. This is important because when people are in pain, they often have poor circulation due to restriction of movement. Poor circulation of fluids in the muscles and joints leads to more pain and osteoarthritis. Yoga therapy helps by creating movement in the body that leads to less fear of movement (kinesiophobia, fear of pain due to movement) and more movement leads to strength and coordination.
Yoga therapy also helps to build your confidence in moving your body. When you are experiencing chronic pain, the idea of exercise seems insurmountable. Critical Alignment Therapy starts you at the beginning with your breath, then moving your arms, all while getting you to start listening to the whisper edges of sensation, not the screaming edges that we are quite familiar with.
Lastly, yoga therapy can help to boost the immune system, which can be compromised in people who are in chronic pain. A strong immune system is important for fighting off infection and inflammation, both of which can contribute to chronic pain. Yoga therapy helps to boost the immune system by teaching people how to reduce stress and promoting overall health and well-being.
When it comes to chronic pain management, yoga therapy may be a good option for you. It is important to speak with your doctor before starting any new exercise or therapy program.
If you would like to learn more about yoga therapy and its benefits, contact Critical Movement YYC. With a strong focus on pain management, Critical Movement YYC blends Critical Alignment Yoga Therapy with natural movement fitness and pain science to connect the mind & body.