If you’re the type of person that needs to do your research before starting something new then this post is for you. Reading books for back pain relief with yoga before you start practicing will help you better understand what exactly is going on inside your body and be able to make the best decision about which type of yoga that your specific condition needs.
The Best Books For Back Pain Relief With Yoga
Although your back pain isn’t going anywhere unless you eventually start practicing yoga regularly, learning about how back pain is created in our bodies is almost as important in order to find long-term relief. Knowing your anatomy and how specific yoga postures can focus on very specific parts of your body is one of the fastest way to use yoga as therapy for your back pain.
Listed below are the top 5 books that I believe every person who is starting yoga for back pain relief should read. They will teach you everything that you need to know, inside and out, about how yoga is the most effective way to find relief from your back pain.
1. Your Body, Your Yoga: Learn Alignment Cues That Are Skillful, Safe, and Best Suited To You by Bernie Clark
This book is by far the most in-depth and informative book about yoga and how it affects the anatomy of your body. Not only does this book examine what causes pain, it also teaches you all the parts of your body that are affected. After reading this book you will know more about your muscles, connective tissue, tendons, joints, and more, and will be able to use yoga to get the most range of motion possible in your body. The author has a very modern approach to yoga and how you can use it to help relieve pain and gives great recommendations based on your specific condition.
2. Yoga for Back Pain by Loren Fishman
This book was written by the Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City for people suffering from many different types of back pain. Dr. Fishman gives medical explanations and easy to understand descriptions of what is actually going on in your body that is causing your pain so you are able to self-diagnose what the probable cause of your pain is. Through guided illustrations and understandable instructions you will easily be able to choose a selection of specific yoga postures that are designed to help ease the pain for your condition.
3. The Yoga Back Book: The Natural Solution to Freedom from Pain by Stella Weller
This book is more of a guide to how you can properly take care of your back so your don’t end up with chronic back pain for the rest of your life. Included are tips and suggestions about what you can be doing each day in order to prevent back pain. Included are a bunch of photographs of yoga postures but the real reason this book is great is because of the simple approach it takes to yoga and how the back works.
4. Yoga: The Back Pain Cure: The Yoga Therapy Back Care and Low Back Pain Treatment Program by Howard VanEs
This book also gives a lot of great information about the causes of back pain and the anatomy of your spine and back. What I really like about this book are the yoga postures that are recommended specifically for low back pain using yoga therapy. The postures are great for anyone suffering from severe to moderate chronic low back pain and aren’t ready for a high-intensity vinyasa yoga class yet.
This book is an exercise program designed to be done 15 minutes a day for 8 weeks that focuses on low back pain. Through three separate workout regimens – healing, post-trauma, and strengthening – it is more than just a workout intended to work for everyone and works on your specific needs. This book combines modern medical techniques with yoga and pilates postures and allows you to work at your own pace while recovering from your back pain.
Start Your Yoga Practice Today
As you begin to learn more about your back pain and what it is going to take for you to start healing the pain it is necessary to actually start your yoga practice. Only through regular practice will your body be able to heal chronic pains and get your body in shape so you can live the rest of your life free from pain.
After practicing yoga for a little more than a year I have been able to relieve years of chronic low back pain due to things like sciatica and muscle strains. Not only does my back feel better than it has in 15 years, I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and have more energy than ever before, among endless other benefits.
What is your favorite book to help relieve back pain with yoga?
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