Five yoga poses to ease herniated disc pain

When regularly practiced as part of a comprehensive, physician-approved treatment plan for a herniated disc, yoga can provide many benefits, including pain relief. This is especially important because most people with spine conditions find that as their comfort level improves, they are able to become more physically active, which in turn can provide further symptom relief and wellness perks.

How yoga can relieve herniated disc pain

In particular, there are five yoga poses — the locust, downward-facing dog, cat/cow, legs-up-the-wall and extended side angle — that are often recommended for individuals who are dealing with herniated disc pain. The main reason is that these poses, which are relatively simple, can:

  • Stretch and strengthen — the core, back and abdominal muscles that support the spine, allowing those muscles to assume some of the weight burden that is straining a damaged disc
  • Improve posture — which can help restore proper spinal alignment and curvature
  • Stimulate the circulation — of blood and nutrients to the tissues surrounding a damaged disc
  • Promote relaxation — and reduce the emotional stress of dealing with chronic herniated disc pain

If you would like to try yoga and your physician approves, the best way to get started is to work with a professional yoga instructor who is experienced in working with students who have herniated disc pain. He or she can demonstrate and teach you proper yoga form, which will help you achieve the best possible results.

Surgery for herniated disc pain

If you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated disc and would like to explore your surgical treatment options, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our team can provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient surgery, which is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^

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