Numerous people who suffer from back pain and its related problems have found that the discipline of yoga is remarkably helpful not only in lowering the amount of pain that they suffer, but also in protecting against a further attack. It is this aspect in particular, the reduction the likelihood of another bout of back trouble, that has caused yoga to be reported as being so effective.
Yoga, which may be described as a discipline for mind and body, is beneficial for back pain and sciatica sufferers firstly by providing a system of exercises that improve bodily flexibility and strength. Those who do the exercises will enjoy better muscular tone, and find that muscles which are important for the protection or support of the spine are less likely to go into spasm, and if in spasm more easily able to relax out of it. A second benefit of yoga is the harmony of mind which is brought about by the regular practice of the discipline with its related meditation techniques.
These meditation techniques are renowned also for relieving stress. This factor, the relief of stress, may all too easily be ignored by anyone suffering from back pain, but the fact is that stress can sometimes be one of the reasons the pain has started, and beyond doubt is a cause of increasing any pain which that may occur. Stress has this unfortunate effect because it creates tension and heightens muscular spasm. If you can relax mentally, a physical relaxation is more probable, followed by a release from the sensation of Yoga for lower back pain.
However anyone who is currently experiencing back pain or sciatica should be careful. If the condition is actively painful or acute at present then yoga positions may be difficult or dangerous to attempt. Nor should those with a slipped disc try yoga. Instead of improving matters the injury or pain might be made worse. The practice of yoga is preferable for those who are not experiencing acute pain but have achieved much in the way of recovery and who are concerned to have a lifestyle which will help to prevent occurrences in the future. Clearly anyone who is contemplating starting yoga will need to seek medical advice as to whether, in view of their back injury and condition, it is risky to try yoga positions.
Yoga can be started by studying yoga manuals, seeing what exercises are recommended and then trying them out at home. However yoga will not be most satisfactorily undertaken in this manner. To be able to practice yoga well and to enjoy the most that it can offer you, it is best to have instruction from an experienced guide or teacher. Moreover your yoga teacher should be made aware of the back problems which you are suffering from, and also whether your medical advice has been to avoid any particular positions or postures. Your teacher should then be able to guide you in starting your yoga discipline in a way which will allow you to get the most out of it.
Those who practice yoga will know that its breathing methods are another of the features which help to bring its benefits. Correct yoga breathing is a way of relieving stress which, as has been explained, is so important in improving your condition and reducing pain. If you relieve stress you will relax your body and aid oxygenation of your blood and this in turn helps to heal damaged muscles etc. and start you on the route to recovery from your lower back pain or sciatica problems.
Yoga comes in a variety of styles and not all of them will be suitable especially for those with back pain or sciatica problems. This is another reason for having a good teacher instead of attempting it without advice. And obviously you should not persist with any posture or stretch which is not comfortable or which seems to lead into rather than away from pain. Above all moderation is needed especially for the beginner. Later as you progress you will learn what may be best and most helpful. All this will require time and experience and the regular undertaking of the practice of yoga.