OH MY yes I DO have back issues. I've had lower back pain off and on throughout my adulthood. I even went to a chiropractor. The best thing he did for me was to suggest that I strengthen my abs to help my back pain. I was so desperate for the pain relief I started going to town on the ab workouts and pilates. The back pain disappeared. Over the past 2-3 years (since my pregnancy/3rd baby's been born) I have gotten very lazy and let my core get flabby, and guess what! Back pain has returned. I've started restarted yoga and pilates and am confident that I'll get toned up again soo. I find downward dog pose gives me the biggest immediate relief. Love it.
When I was much younger, I had chronic low back pain and thought I was destined to deal with it since my father had. Yoga - particularly working on opening my hamstrings and hips, as well as improving my posture - has helped tremendously. It is pretty much gone. Now I am older and have arthritis in my mid - upper back. Good posture again is helped by the over all practice, and twists really help as well.
One thing that surprised me about back pain is that my mind always tells me to do child's pose or knees to chest - but in the long run it is the backbends, twists and hip/hamstring openers that seem to make the most difference. Knees to chest is so soothing (and very important to do) but it is doing the others that give my back the flexibility and strength to keep me walking upright and out of pain.
I very frequently have my students do chest/heart openers to counteract the all-day motion of being hunch over (driving, working on the computer). This relieves upper back pain and improves posture as well.
Anyone out there have back issues?
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