This article was originally featured on Yoga Lifestyles.

Looking for lower back pain remedies? Yoga can help! In this video, yoga instructor Jen Abell demonstrates eight yoga poses and stretches that you can try at home for immediate back pain relief.

 

Where does back pain come from?

In many cases, the source of back pain isn’t actually in your back, but rather a result of tightness in leg muscles such as your calves. But all back pain is not created equal. It can be attributed to a variety of conditions including sciatica, fibrositis, arthritis, slipped discs and more. Remember, when doing the poses in the video, it’s important to listen to your body. Remember that discomfort is okay, but the pain is not! If you experience pain from these stretches, stop immediately.

What are some other causes of back pain?

Back pain can be caused by everyday activities without us even knowing such as maintaining poor posture and spending too much time in a sedentary state. Back pain can also be caused by accidents including slipping and falling or failure to stretch before a workout.

What else can I do to relieve back pain?

The largest muscle in your back is the latissimus dorsi. It runs along both sides of your back from your armpit to the end of your rib cage. By doing workouts such as planks, chest flys and rows, you can strengthen this muscle for more resiliency to back pain. Also, before a workout or strenuous activity, don’t forget to stretch! Stretching warms up your muscles and reduces the risk of injury. It also increases circulation to the connective tissues in your muscles, shortening your recovery time post-workout.

Are there any topical treatments?

Consider massaging the area with an essential oil. Our go to is peppermint oil because it’s an anti-inflammatory and provides temporary pain relief.

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