By Deborah Metzger, Founder and Director of Princeton Center for Yoga & Health of Skillman, NJ
According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work – in fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at one point or another in their lives and that Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain – and that’s just for the most easily identified costs.
Yoga can be a great way to address back pain. It is a system which balances strength and flexibility and addresses the whole body. Most people are tight in key areas affecting the spine, for example in the hips and shoulders, hamstrings and psoas. The spine may be compressed and back muscles tight or weak. For these considerations, yoga can be ideal for back pain sufferers.