Yoga has become a modern-day symbol of peace, serenity and well-being in the West. More than 20 million Americans practice yoga, with practitioners spending more than $10-billion a year on yoga-related products and classes. At Dynamic Health we recommend yoga as a form of gentle exercise that can help improve flexibility and reduce aches.
Yoga is a great way to work out for people with chronic pain. The flexibility that comes from stretching is extremely beneficial for people dealing with arm, neck, leg or back pain. One of the more surprising benefits of yoga, however, is mental health.
Yoga Helps Body & Mind
According to research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), practicing meditative exercises like yoga can counteract the effects of chronic pain on brain anatomy. This means that the practice of yoga can influence the actual gray matter in one’s brain, which can help alleviate some of the severity of chronic pain.
Chronic pain sufferers have long been aware of the connection between mind and body. Someone with severe back pain, for example, can suffer from insomnia and other emotional distress that can actually make pain worse. Calming activities like yoga can help quell negative emotions and create a happier, healthier mind and body.
That is not to say that yoga is a magical cure for chronic pain. When performed in conjunction with regular exercise and a proper health regimen, it can provide many health benefits. However, yoga alone is not enough to erase years of chronic pain, serious cases still require professional treatment – like the kind provided by the healthcare professionals at Dynamic Health.
Dynamic Health Helps Chronic Pain Sufferers
We encourage exercises like yoga and tai-chi to help our clients achieve a healthy and active lifestyle. If you’ve tried other chronic pain management methods and are still in debilitating pain, don’t hesitate to contact Dynamic Health at 704-525-6288 to schedule a free consultation.
We offer new client appointments within one to three days, and we are one of the only pain management clinics to provide imaging-guided injections without a long wait. Our team of trained specialists can aid your recovery and ease pain associated with certain ailments.
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