What is TRE®? Unwinding Stress & Returning to Our Center

written by Susan Sanders

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You're trying to get out the door & into the car to head to work; your kids are fighting and one of them forgets their lunch. You stop at an ATM to get money for the forgotten lunch and get the kids to school late because, this morning, everyone on the planet needed money from this particular ATM machine. You arrive to work late; your boss is less than pleased, and you're informed that the project you'd been working on now has to be completed two weeks ahead of schedule, so much for the family vacation you'd planned… 

Some version of this scenario plays out for all of us to some degree or another fairly regularly; it's part of living in modern society. How are we to manage the inevitable and unavoidable stress that comes with the territory? Our bodies are actually very well equipped for this task! In times of stress, our nervous systems help to protect us in two ways. The first is the fight or flight response which makes energy available to allow us to, essentially, fight or flee a real or perceived danger. The second is the mechanism that allows for the release of the energy after it's no longer needed. Have you ever gone through a stressful or fearful situation and shortly after the incident your hands start shaking or your knees start to knock? That is your nervous system working to release or discharge energy once it's no longer needed by your body. 

There is a disconnect that keeps the second part of this process from working effectively, though. We are all conditioned from a young age to not show fear or weakness. The shaking (or trembling) that is a normal part of stress release is seen as a weakness, and we're essentially taught to suppress the response. Think back to the last time your hands started to shake...what did you do? Wring your hands, clench and release them, put them in your pockets or out of sight? These actions that stop the shaking interrupt the normal process of release; this prevents stress and tension from leaving the body. The energy that was produced can't be released and is then stored in the body. 

Do you struggle with insomnia, worry & anxiety, PTSD, muscle and back pain, limited flexibility, decreased energy and endurance or relationship conflict? These are some of the symptoms that have been identified as stress related and can be a result of our inability to effectively release stress and tension.  

TRE® (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises), developed by Dr. David Berceli, PhD., is a simple series of exercises that will assist your body in releasing patterns of stress, tension and trauma. It safely activates the natural reflex mechanism of shaking or trembling that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/trembling mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance. 

Stress is unavoidable in our daily lives, but can be managed. You can learn to recognize your body's natural stress releasing mechanism, understand the cultural constraints that suppress it and honor the process.

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Susan Sanders is a Certified TRE® (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises), Provider. She was first introduced to TRE® in 2013 and began using it regularly to reduce stress and tension in her life. Over time, Susan experienced the healing effects of this process of release and was so deeply affected by the changes she noticed that she wanted to share it with others! Once she obtained certification as a TRE® provider, Susan transitioned out of a career in social services and opened her own practice. She currently conducts workshops, individual sessions & informational sessions in the St. Louis Metro area, Metro East and throughout the state of Missouri. In addition, Susan is a Certified Reiki Master Practitioner and committed to honoring the body's innate ability to heal itself and to create space for that healing to occur.

Susan’s next workshop will be held Saturday, September 28 at 2:30-4:00p. Check our events calendar.

Teacher Talk Tuesday: Meet Tiffany Prior

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How did you begin practicing and teaching yoga? 

I began practicing about 16 years ago, when I pressed play on a yoga VHS in my bedroom. At the time, it felt so worldly and exotic, which really appealed to me being from a small town with few cultural outlets. My love for yoga expanded while I was in college in Chicago. I wanted to live at my local Bikram studio, sometimes doing 2 classes a day. I would scrounge up whatever extra money I had to go. When I wasn’t there, I would lay out one of my 3 well-worn copies of Yoga Journal on the floor and piece together a practice. It was shortly after that I discovered a video of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois instructing Ashtanga Primary Series, from 1993; my first foray into the world of Vinyasa. I desperately wanted to get my yoga certification then, and though it wasn’t able to come to fruition, my dream held on. I continued fervently practicing, learning as much as I could, until I moved to St. Louis in 2010. In 2011, after settling in and becoming more familiar with the yoga community, I found a training I was willing to try. I had my first teaching opportunity in October of 2012, at Joy of Yoga. At the time, it was a cute little startup in Midtown. I’m really grateful for that support and belief because it’s brought so many experiences and wonderful relationships.

How has yoga been transformational in your life?

Something I have learned about myself, through yoga, is that movement is essential to my mental and emotional well-being; never mind the physical benefits. I have to move my body every day. Even saying “move my body” seems reductive, it is too perfunctory a descriptor for the actual process taking place. It’s proprioceptive, psychosomatic healing. Where else in our lives are we able to freely express with every ounce of our being and know that what we are feeling is true? No one can negate the experience we have through movement, or the neurogenesis that takes place as a result. It truly is mind, body, and spirit. This practice has been a source of great strength for me. Yoga allowed me to feel strong and graceful simultaneously, to feel like I owned my body, and that I could do just about anything I set my mind to. Through yoga, I believed that I could birth my 2 sons at home, and I did. It allowed me to have the most powerful and transformational experiences I could have ever hoped to have. Everything else in life is relative to that now. Yoga allowed me to recognize the amount of power I have, especially as a woman.

What’s your favorite part about teaching yoga?

My first instinct is to say the creative and emotive aspect is my favorite, which it is. Guiding a room of people through this beautiful process of feeling and experiencing something both individually and together, in entirely unique ways, is incredible. But if I’m honest, I’ve recently had to start believing that people believe in me, and not just the students. I mean, wholly crap… an entire room of people just showed up to my class, and it wasn’t by accident? I don’t know why it’s taken me 8 years to get to this place, but I suppose it’s good that I’ll never take that for granted. So, I’m trying to be more open to the love of it all, and not feeling like a giant imposter. I will forever be a student.

What do you do to prepare for class?

I will usually do a little movement myself, to feel what is happening that day. I think about the people who I know will be there, and how I can best serve them. The students inspire me to be more creative and think outside the box; I never want to let them down. I seldom pre-write a flow and bring it to class. It makes me incredibly nervous and completely stifles my presence. If something isn’t landing, I want to be observing everything that is happening by being in it with them.

Do you have a favorite pose or movement?

Before kids, my answer would have been totally different. Pinchamayarasana (Forearm Balance). But these days, I live for Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold). Parsvottanasana (Pyramid Pose is another go to in my morning movement. My physical practice is simple in this phase of my life.

If you were a yoga pose what would you be and why?

 Funky pyramid or flamingo pose. It’s approachable, yet challenging. Requires focus, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. It has second chakra connection, creativity, and is introverted but expressive.

What’s your favorite type of music to play while practicing? Do you have a playlist you’d like to share?

I am all over the place musically. It completely depends on my mood and the class. In my personal practice I like Bhakti, DJ Drez, Janis Joplin, 60’s kind of stuff, Erykah Badu, and reggae. In class, I can sometimes play the same, but I really like to keep it moody, artsy, and independent. Valerie June is my current love. She is absolutely from another planet and I can’t get enough.

Does your personal practice differ from how you teach?

At the moment, completely. I’m still trying to bring-it-for-the-people in the studio, but at home my practice is 100% in mindfulness with my children and husband. I want to peacefully parent with every ounce of my being and I’m moving my body purely for necessity. I am walking myself through meditation everyday, all-day, focusing on non-reactivity, positive thinking, healing and continuously evolving. Teaching is such a creative and sensitive endeavor for me, always striving to intuit what the students want and need. Teaching gives me the opportunity to get my fiery side out, a retreat from my mommy-space. It has been a wild ride from where I started 8 years ago, through 2 pregnancies, postpartum, and now. I’m grateful for the people who have stuck with me through it all!

Recommended reading (yoga and/or non-yoga)

Non-Violent Communication, by Marshall Rosenberg.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, by Dr. Laura Markham. (Get the workbook because we have all been children, have been parented or are parenting, and almost certainly have healing to do.)

How would you describe yourself? What do you want people to know about you?

My students have described me as “a fierce and commanding teacher,” which I suppose shows up in other areas of my life as a projection of confidence. In all actuality, I’m an incredibly sensitive, highly emotional, and deeply feeling person. If you’re familiar with Myers-Briggs, I’m an INFJ - The Advocate, and in the Enneagram I’m a 4w5. Supposedly, I’m this rare type of person, which would make sense considering how awkward I usually feel. People assume I’m extroverted, especially when I’m approached after class, but once I’ve given my offering, I’m ready to rein it back in. I’m enthusiastic about what I’m interested in, want to learn about, or feel comfortable sharing.

Outside of yoga what is your passion/Where can you be found?

Moving my body, I only sit if I have to. I’ll be lifting in the gym, hiking, running, swimming, walking, or just generally busting it. After I had my second son, I felt the weakest I have ever felt; entirely broken. I never want to feel that way again. Aside from that, I spend nearly all of my time with my 2 boys and husband. If we’re lucky enough to be on the occasional date night, we’ll be seeing a show or listening to music and having great food.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I love to travel. Particularly, with my husband, van travel. Prior to having children, we drove all over the country in our giant white passenger van. It had a bed platform in the back, kayaks, bikes, yoga mats, our dog, and whatever else we would need. We would camp anywhere and everywhere, bathe in mountain streams, hike, and be free to explore. It’s the best. It’s allowed me to practice yoga all over the country, go to Wanderlust 2 times, and experience the simple essence of life through being very minimal. It’s a core value of ours that we hope to pass along to our kids.

Anything else?

I teach at Blue Sky because Annie and the students have been so good to me. You all are family and I am grateful to have St. Louis to teach and practice yoga in. We have an amazing community here.

Spiral & Sweat: Meet BUTI Yoga Instructor Malissa McLaurin!

What is Buti Yoga? I’m sure you’ve seen it show up on our class schedule at least once a month, and maybe you’re curious, but also don’t know what you’ll get yourself into. So what better way learn how great Buti is and get to know your incredibly charismatic instructor than an interview with her. Here’s Malissa McLaurin!

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  • How did you begin practicing and teaching Buti yoga?

    I began Buti in fall 2014 after a friend posted on Facebook about trying this ‘new yoga class’. It was a time and place in my life I was looking for something to inspire me. I fell in love with the practice and decided to get certified a year and a half later.

  • How has Buti been transformational in your life?

    Buti found me when I was in a transitional point in my life. I was working on connecting physically and mentally. I had recently come off a mental breakdown and was looking for something to connect myself with myself again (actually connect myself for the first time ever, if I’m being honest). After attending my first class, I cried. Buti fuses traditional asana with dynamic movement. There was something about moving through sequences in addition to a great music-driven playlist that for the first time I felt free. I felt my body love itself for the first time. It was glorious.

  • What’s your favorite part about teaching Buti?

    Watching students find themselves. Having fun. Laughing, smiling, taking shirts off and sweating in little clothing. Not caring what size their bodies are and smiling though the sweat.

  • What do you do to prepare for class?

    Take a nap, HA! 

  • Do you have a favorite pose or movement?

    I love the movement of Buti but I am a fan of binds and folds. I love getting juicy and swuishy with my insides. 

  • What’s your favorite type of music to play while practicing? Do you have a playlist you’d like to share?

    Buti uses tribal beats, EDM, hip hop, and rap. Depending on your instructor you may find a class leaving more toward one genre over another. Personally, I love soulful music and deep house beats. Spotify is a GREAT music resource. Many other Buti instructors all over the country use it and upload playlists, so there’s so much opportunity to share and learn. Here’s a playlist I love because of the musical diversity.

  • What would you like people to know about Buti yoga? How would you describe it to someone? What do people gain from the practice?

    Buti Yoga fuses tribal, dance, kundalini, power Vinyasa and cardio to create a whole body experience. Mixed with a spiral structure technique, it’s where your body meets your soul. I want people to know that yoga is for EVERYBODY as is Buti. Movement is a gift, and it doesn’t matter what body you’re in; movement is medicine. Start where you are and go from there. Through the practice of Buti I have seen students shed notions about themselves and their bodies. They begin to love their bodies at each and every size. Through this practice, we offer acceptance and no judgement. We’re all in this together.

  • Does your personal practice differ from how you teach?

    Somewhat. Because Buti is such a yang practice I’m trying to incorporate a more yin approach to my personal practice. Stillness, sitting into asana and breathing, or not moving at all and meditating. 

  • Recommended reading (yoga and/or non-yoga)

  • How would you describe yourself? What do you want people to know about you?

    I’m a silly, hilarious, big-hearted, and loving person who just wants to create space for others to be and love themselves. I have lived a colorful life and had many experiences and am still here and exist in the world living a beautiful life. 

  • Outside of yoga what is your passion/Where can you be found?

    You can find me relaxing on my couch, playing in my garden, drinking wine on a patio, traveling for live music, and loving on my fiancé, family, and friends. Oh! And entertaining. I love being the hostess! 

  • Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

    I took Chinese in college and performed a skit in Mandarin for a Chinese New Year Party.

  • Anything else?

    Whatever it is that you find, I hope it moves you and makes you smile. 

Join Malissa in the studio!

#sweatwithintention

#bebravewithyourlife

Men on the Mat Series: Meet John Yelverton

In honor of Father's Day being in June, we decided it was high time we celebrate the men who join us on the mat. It is interesting that yoga, once a practice exclusively for men, is now — at least in the U.S. — dominated mainly by women and many men feel that yoga is not for them because…

~I’m not flexible enough ~It’s not challenging enough ~I know how to breathe ~I want to get stronger, etc.

While we know we can dispel these myths and/or prove them wrong, we felt it would be better to let our guys speak for themselves. And because we know that representation matters, we would like to represent some of the men who have stepped outside of their own comfort zones to try something new and found a home here at Blue Sky Yoga. Maybe, our guys will help convince the men in your life to check out a yoga class or two with you!

John, we are so happy you are a part of our studio. Your presence is refreshing and honest and you ask the best questions! Also, you might need to tell us more about Muay Thai!

John, we are so happy you are a part of our studio. Your presence is refreshing and honest and you ask the best questions! Also, you might need to tell us more about Muay Thai!

  1. How did you discover Blue Sky Yoga?

    Completely by accident! I thought I was going to a different yoga studio. Fortunately, I took a class and loved the people, the instructor, and the space, so I continue to come back and continue the journey.

  2. How long have you been doing yoga? What brought you to the practice?

    Three years. Curiosity. I always knew about yoga and wanted to give it a try.

  3. If you were a yoga pose what would you be and why?

    Humble warrior. I love the idea of being firmly rooted in yourself while giving yourself to others by showing humility. It’s a great example of how we should strive to live our lives.

  4. What is your favorite asana?

    Savasana.

    I like that it allows me to be still for a few moments.

  5. What are some changes that you have noticed in yourself as you’ve continued your yoga journey (mind/body/spirit)?

    The body — I’ve noticed an increase in strength, flexibility, and breathing. My mind — I’ve noticed that I am more present throughout the day. I’m also calmer than before I started practicing. I think it all has to do with learning to focus on my breath. Spirt — I am just starting to delve in the spiritual side of yoga, so I can’t really comment on any changes that I’ve seen.

  6. What would you say to someone who is scared to try yoga or who doesn’t think yoga is for them?

    Simply try it. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Additionally, for those that are shy or are worried about looking funny…no one is paying attention to you. Everyone is focused on their own practice.

  7. Describe an interesting fact about yourself. The weirder the better. (Something other than yoga.)

    I was born 2.5 months premature and was given less than 24 hours to live.

  8. When you are not on your mat what other things do you do to occupy your time?

    I enjoy reading, hiking and practicing Muay Thai at North Broadway Jui Jitsu.




Men On the Mat Series: Meet Corey Axelson

In honor of Father's Day being in June, we decided it was high time we celebrate the men who join us on the mat. It is interesting that yoga, once a practice exclusively for men, is now — at least in the U.S. — dominated mainly by women and many men feel that yoga is not for them because…

~I’m not flexible enough ~It’s not challenging enough ~I know how to breathe ~I want to get stronger, etc.

While we know we can dispel these myths and/or prove them wrong, we felt it would be better to let our guys speak for themselves. And because we know that representation matters, we would like to represent some of the men who have stepped outside of their own comfort zones to try something new and found a home here at Blue Sky Yoga. Maybe, our guys will help convince the men in your life to check out a yoga class or two with you!

Corey is always good for a smile and a positive look to any day. He’s also up for anything! One time he came to a Yoga Nidra class not even knowing what it was, but just saw there was a class and at a time he could show up, so he said, “okay, let’s try this out.” He says savasana is his favorite pose, so we’re just going to assume he loved it!

  1. How did you discover Blue Sky Yoga?

    I googled yoga studios near me, and it was the second place I tried.

  2. How long have you been doing yoga? What brought you to the practice?

    Almost a year!  I started late July and I've tried to come to class consistently since.

    (Corey, did you know that as of this publication, you have attended 173.25 hours of yoga since you started with us on July 24th 2018? )

  3. If you were a yoga pose what would you be and why?

    A handstand/Adho Mukha Vrksasana, because for whatever reason, that's become my "goal" pose to work towards.

    (And didn’t I just see you doing one on Monday?)

  4. What is your FAVORITE asana?

    Savasana - it always feels good to relax after a class and just sink into my mat.

  5. What are some changes that you have noticed in yourself as you've continued on your yoga journey (mind/body/spirit)?

    My mind is a lot more calm, and I enjoy getting on my mat and just being in the moment.

  6. What would you say to someone who is scared to try yoga or who doesn't think yoga is for them?

    There are classes for everyone, from a basic's class to an advanced vinyasa, it's all just yoga and everyone's just coming to improve themselves.

  7. Describe an interesting fact about yourself. The weirder the better (something other than yoga).

    I used to play chess competitively.

  8. When you are not on your mat, what other things do you do to occupy your time?

    I just got a promotion at work - I'm starting to manage the Ebar at Nordstrom, and there's so much to learn and delve into; I’m taking that one day at a time.

  9. Anything else?

    Everyone's just trying to better themselves, and there shouldn't be any pressure to be any better than anyone else, just try and be better than who you were yesterday.



Men On the Mat Series: Meet Wayne Weinrich

In honor of Father's Day being in June, we decided it was high time we celebrate the men who join us on the mat. It is interesting that yoga, once a practice exclusively for men, is now — at least in the U.S. — dominated mainly by women and many men feel that yoga is not for them because…

~I’m not flexible enough ~It’s not challenging enough ~I know how to breathe ~I want to get stronger, etc.

While we know we can dispel these myths and/or prove them wrong, we felt it would be better to let our guys speak for themselves. And because we know that representation matters, we would like to represent some of the men who have stepped outside of their own comfort zones to try something new and found a home here at Blue Sky Yoga. Maybe, our guys will help convince the men in your life to check out a yoga class or two with you!

Wayne has graced us with his free spirit for more than a year now and quickly became a fixture. You may catch him with a tool or two in his hand to hang up decor or fix a door, but you’re not likely to catch him in shoes walking into the studio. The best thing is that he’s always always up for a challenge and brings a positive atmosphere when he’s in the room!

Wayne has graced us with his free spirit for more than a year now and quickly became a fixture. You may catch him with a tool or two in his hand to hang up decor or fix a door, but you’re not likely to catch him in shoes walking into the studio. The best thing is that he’s always always up for a challenge and brings a positive atmosphere when he’s in the room!

  1. How did you discover Blue Sky Yoga?

    I began taking some beginner classes at my local community center. When I asked the the teacher about a studio she recommended Blue Sky.

  2. How long have you been doing yoga? What brought you to the practice?

    I was having some health issues just before retiring, and I wanted to find something to keep physically active like Tai Chi or Yoga. I found some beginner yoga classes and have been practicing for about a year and a half.

  3. If you were a yoga pose what would you be and why?

    How do you say 'Creepy Old Man' in sanskrit?  Nuff said.

  4. What is your FAVORITE asana?

    Has anyone ever heard me say " I HATE PIGEON POSE"?  Well, you can forget that one. I can't really decide on a favorite. I do like challenging poses and enjoy chest/heart openers. From having shoulder and neck issues from working, I found many poses difficult until I learned to drop my shoulders down and back.    

  5. What are some changes that you have noticed in yourself as you've continued on your yoga journey (mind/body/spirit)?

    I feel better than I did 20 years ago; I do things now I wouldn't have done then, and I am much more aware of my posture. If something is bothering me, I can always go into my yoga world and get back to feeling great.

  6. What would you say to someone who is scared to try yoga or who doesn't think yoga is for them?

    Give it a fair chance.  Don't think about the poses. Just do what you can.  There will always be some poses you body just won't like. Measure how you feel before and after each class, after 8 or 10 classes then decide.

  7. Describe an interesting fact about yourself. The weirder the better (something other than yoga)

    If you find anything interesting about me, we just discovered something weird about you.

  8. When you are not on your mat, what other things do you do to occupy your time?

    Pickup trucks, bbq, beer, bait, and bullets. Going fast, playin in the dirt, old time rock & roll and a bit of motown.

  9. Anything else?

    I hope this at least put a smile on your face!



Chiropractor Says Yoga Is Best Choice for Back Pain

by Dr. Jeffery O’Guin

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Consumer reports found that yoga was the most helpful and preferred option for treating back pain (Real Relief From Back Pain, June 2017). Additionally, a published study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found yoga to be equally as effective as physical therapy for back pain.

As a chiropractor and spine health specialist, I am not surprised by these findings. Extensive research is regularly showing that active therapies are usually the best option for managing back pain. I have been an advocate for yoga and have recommended it to my patients for many years. Therapies such as myofascial release and spinal manipulation were right behind yoga in effectiveness, and are additional measures to create optimal alignment, balance and symmetry. However, it is in actively being involved that has the greatest outcomes  in regard to spinal health. In this post, I am going to outline all of the reasons why yoga is so incredible for helping to manage back pain.

First, and most importantly, yoga emphasizes a relaxed mind and body. Through breathing and mindfulness, it is easier to become in tune with the body. This level of body awareness helps to achieve more relaxed and coordinated movements. Essentially, when the mind is relaxed, the body can more easily relax, making movements more fluid. This self-exploration equates to safer and more pain free ranges of motion.

Another interesting component of relaxation and the breath is their relationship to core stability. When people think about core stability, they immediately think of butts and guts. Although, the glutes and abbs are important muscles to consider, the diaphragm is frequently underestimated. The inner core is the most foundational / deepest level of core stability. It is made up of the diaphragm (muscle used mostly for breathing), transverse abdominals (side stomach muscles extremely important in rehabilitation), multifidus (deep muscles along the spine), and pelvic floor muscles (muscles that control your private parts). This inner core often needs to be awoken in people with spine pain. Diaphragmatic breathing, such as in yoga, is an excellent way to wake up this entire area. This is because of the overlapping neurological connections between the diaphragm and the rest of these important muscles.

In addition to this inner core, yoga incorporates many levels of strengthening muscles and increasing core stability. This is important because many cases of chronic and recurring back pain are due to unstable joints of the spine. Ultimately, it is the muscles that protect the spine and keep the body upright.  Without muscles, we’re all just a bag of bones with no support. The muscles of the core are especially important because the ‘Core’ is the center of gravity and foundation for all movements. Every step taken and every reach made, should begin with core muscles firing to stabilize. Then, orchestrated movements begin to ripple out to the limbs. If the core muscles do not initiate movement, or if they do it poorly, pain becomes a natural consequence.

During a typical yoga class, poses are maintained that enhance the endurance of the most important muscles for core stability. Breathing with the diaphragm is also emphasized, facilitating a deeper level of core awakening. Positions and poses are also held while muscles are stretched and lengthened. This means that the muscles are being strengthened and lengthened at the same time. This is important because it strengthens the muscles in a variety of ranges. This adds another level of stability and coordination, important for managing back pain.

Next, the slow and gentle stretches done in yoga are a great way to balance the pelvis and spine. Having tighter muscles on one side of the body than the other, creates asymmetries. Imbalances like these usually cause uncoordinated movements and sensations of ‘being out of alignment’. Also, having a misaligned pelvis can eventually cause excessive wear and tear on joints which can lead to pain. Additionally, stretching improves the ability to move throughout the day without restrictions, minimizing strains on muscles.

Finally, a group of benefits often overlooked are stress reduction and social support. Near the beginning and end of most yoga classes, a short meditation session encouraging relaxation is emphasized. Additionally, social support and building relationships is paramount for overall health. Consider that the newest model of health care is called the biopsychosocial model. This can be important because with any form of chronic pain; stress, anxiety and even depression are common. All of this makes yoga an excellent choice on multiple levels.

Although yoga is incredible for helping with back pain, a few key points should be emphasized. As a spinal health specialist, I would be negligent if I didn’t mention these. First, there are a variety of yoga classes and instructors. In the study that showed yoga to be equally as effective as physical therapy, there was a specific protocol used for helping people with back pain. In choosing a yoga class, you should always speak to someone at the studio, and let them know your interests and needs.

Next, if you have back pain that is not responding, you should absolutely see a spine health specialist. Find a chiropractor or DPT who will take the time to do a full exam and explain what’s causing your pain. Once an accurate diagnosis is made, guidelines can be given in regards to management. This should include specific stretches or exercises to focus on, but more importantly what might need to be avoided. For example, there might be one particular stretch that is actually aggravating a condition. Additionally, other therapies such as traction, spinal manipulation, or myofascial release might be necessary. Finally, managing back pain is usually multidimensional, requiring several strategies. A good physician can be a great resource, helping to evaluate and give advice every step of the way.

Originally published February 27, 2018 by Dr. Jeffery O’Guin D.C. Republished with permission.

Source: https://www.chiropractorkirkwood.com/chiro...