Yoga-Mat-CiteThere are many factors that can contribute to a compressed or deteriorated disc, one of the most common being age. While some may not experience any noticeable symptoms for quite some time, others may incur a tremendous amount of pain right from the start - especially in the back and neck.
One Zeel Member recently inquired as to whether there are any specific yoga poses that might help to ease their discomfort. Confirms New York City yoga expert Joyce Cobb, "You should always consult your MD before beginning any exercise regimen. I do not know the specifics of your issue, but I want to tell you that if your pain is acute, you should not be attempting any exercise or yoga poses at this time."
Failing to seek medical assistance before engaging in yoga or any other form of exercise can exacerbate the issue, Joyce adds. "That having been said, if you have already been diagnosed and are being treated, and have been given the "go ahead" by your MD to do yoga, I would recommend only restorative poses until you are out of pain."
Joyce suggests trying savasana, which is traditionally the final "resting" yoga pose during a practice. Lay on the floor in a prone position with a blanket under your head to support the neck and a rolled blanket beneath the knees to open up the lower back. Staying here for 20 to 45 minutes daily can aid in the healing process.
Enlisting a personal yoga instructor is of paramount importance as well, Joyce notes. She says: "Once you are out of acute pain, seeking the help of a professional to guide you into beneficial poses for your condition is key to continue the path of healing. Classes are not recommended at this time. An experienced private instructor will probably recommend poses like forward bend that will help open up the spine and release tension. Backbends are strictly prohibited for this condition and can cause your condition to worsen severely."