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Try Wall Yoga to Alleviate Back Pain

Author: Melissa Souter, Registered Massage Therapist

Whether it’s from an injury or living a sedentary lifestyle and whether it’s chronic or acute, most people have experienced some level of back pain and have sought out relief through different means.

Yoga has proven to be effective in alleviating back pain, and a relatively new style of yoga called wall yoga offers you a whole new view of your yoga practice. Wall yoga harnesses you to a wall to allow you to hang off of it to execute different yoga poses; it shifts or completely changes your centre of gravity.

We are the only species that stands vertically all of the time. We have a small base of support, a high centre of gravity and we are supporting heavy brains on top of our beloved spines.

Standing or sitting for long periods at a time increases the weight in the low back and sacrum, giving an ominous compressed feeling in the back.

The yoga wall is beneficial in alleviating the compressed spine by taking the weight off the spine, allowing more space and blood flow to the discs. Another advantage to wall yoga is that you can improve the safety of the yoga poses that you are familiar with on your mat by incorporating them on the wall. Backbends and twists become safer because the traction from the wall ensures the spine is extended.

Beyond the therapeutic benefits that hanging upside down has on your back, you also get a fresh supply of blood flow to the brain that helps refresh the mind, and improve concentration and memory, while offsetting mental deterioration.

To try wall yoga, contact www.albertayogacollege.com for more information.














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