One of the most challenging health problems your loved ones may have to deal with when they are looking to enjoy their golden years is unrelenting back pain. This can be a bone or muscular problem but it can affect the way your loved ones carry out certain errands or activities and lower their quality of life. One of the ways to mitigate back pain is through yoga and some yoga poses can be helpful. Best of all, yoga sessions could be a way for your loved ones to bond and socialize with others too!
Cat Cow Pose
The cat cow pose is one of the most simple yoga poses for back pain. It can help alleviate lower back tension while strengthening the back muscles. To begin, place hands and knees on the yoga mat with a flat back and ensure the hands are aligned under the shoulders and knees under the hips. For the cow pose, drop the belly downwards while inhaling and lift the head and tailbone to the ceiling or sky. The cat pose is done by rounding up the back up to the sky, then ensuring the tailbone is pushed towards the floor and dropping the head.
Upward Facing Dog Pose
This yoga pose for back pain is highly popular as it is simple and easy to do, even for your loved ones. First, start the pose by lying facedown on the floor. Then, push the top of the feet to the floor and keep it side by side. Then, position the palms on the floor and use the back muscles to raise your chest off the floor. Next, lift your gaze to the sky and ensure that your knees are not touching the ground. This pose opens your chest and strengthens your back.
The bow pose is also a common yoga pose for back pain as it is not highly strenuous. Firstly, lie facedown on the floor while ensuring your heels are pushed towards your glutes. Clasp your ankles with your hands and inhale as you raise the heels to the sky. Next, pull your thighs and upper body off the floor.
The sphinx pose is a simpler pose compared to the bow pose. However, this yoga pose for back pain is useful for strengthening your back while stretching it. Firstly, lie facedown, then lift your chest off the floor while lengthening the tailbone. Push the thighs towards the floor to open the lower back and ensure the toes are pushed behind you.
Let Spring Mill Care for Your Loved Ones
At Spring Mill By Discovery Senior Living, we are pleased to offer engaging exercise sessions as part of our Dimensions Health & Fitness program. Your loved ones are encouraged to take part in these sessions, including yoga classes, to help them achieve physical and mental well-being. We also offer a wide array of fun and engaging activities to help your loved ones discover independence, confidence, and self-esteem in their golden years. Contact us to find out more!