It seems that more and more people are suffering today from back problems than at any point in the past. While you might expect that our modern technology that allows even the most manual of labor to require less back-breaking intensity would have lessened the problem, in reality it appears to be making it worse. That is why so many people today are turning to yoga for back pain relief. By getting some good advice, good instruction, and by using your common sense and persistence, you will find yoga to be very effective at relieving your back pain.
Before you even consider trying yoga, especially if you have back pain, you should speak to your doctor. You will want to be certain that you don't have a condition that can turn into a permanent problem by moving in just the wrong way. Explain to your doctor that you want to begin a yoga program and what you hope to get out of it, and he will help you to understand what movements to avoid.
Armed with this knowledge, your next step should be to find a reputable, certified instructor in your area. While there are many instructional guides and videos available, you should definitely start with an instructor, especially because of your back pain. Be sure to talk with any prospective instructor before starting the class to let her know your specific goals and limitations, and to inform her about your back problem. She should be able to modify movements and provide help in using equipment such as props and straps to make the postures work for you.
However, no one knows you better than you know yourself, and this is especially true when it comes to your comfort level in performing movements. If you find the movements your instructor wants you to perform to be uncomfortable or to cause you pain, you should not do the movement and be sure to let your instructor know. There may be some movements you will simply have to avoid completely until your flexibility and strength have improved sufficiently. Always use your common sense and remember that you are there to relieve your pain, never to make it worse.
Bearing that in mind, you may find that the stretches and movements leave you feeling uncomfortable or sore, especially in the beginning. While it is true that you should never push yourself because that can cause further injury, you should also never allow yourself to become discouraged and quit due to mild discomfort. Yoga is not an overnight fix to your back pain, but if you stick with it you will most likely find it to be a permanent one.
Using yoga for back pain relief is becoming more popular because it is effective. As long as you have followed the advice of your doctor and instructor and used your common sense, you will find relief and many other long lasting benefits. Stick with it and it will help you for the rest of your life.