The constant discomfort of chronic pain not only drains you of your strength and energy but also the feeling of well-being. Using Yoga techniques for pain management can help minimize your medication and help you lead a happier and fuller life. Yoga, which focuses on gentle movement, breath and awareness, offers many benefits to people facing a variety of health conditions. A review of 20 years’ worth of studies conducted by researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that yoga is effective in the treatment of chronic pain, including osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
Decades of pain research have increased our understanding of chronic pain, and most importantly that
it is a mind – body process, meaning that it is influenced not only by physical illness and injury but also by our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, past trauma and our level of stress. Research is also howing us how we can tap into the mind and body’s natural pain suppressing systems through asanas, yogic breathing & meditation techniques. Some researchers believe that practicing yoga leads to the release of endorphins, which act as natural painkillers and mood boosters.
The three aspects of Yoga (Asanas, Breathing & Meditation) act to distract your mind from pain, reduce
your body’s tension in reaction to pain, and provide an opportunity to “move through” the pain instead
of resisting it so it loses its full impact.