Treating lower back pain – What do I know? I’m Just a Yoga Therapist in Dayton, Ohio

Treating lower back pain – What do I know? I’m Just a Yoga Therapist in Dayton, Ohio

Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain has many causes and many ways to treat it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They say that over 80% of Americans will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. I know I have. 90% of those cases it will be unclear as to the cause of the pain.

In my training I have learned that there are many contributors to pain and discomfort and treatment plans need to be tailored to the specific person, not the symptom. Pain could be caused by…

  • muscle strength
  • flexibility imbalances
  • joint dysfunctions
  • postural alignment
  • body mechanics
  • stress
  • depression or anxiety
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • being overweight

 

It could be one, several, or all reasons but the fact remains that everyone is different and everyone requires a proper evaluation to determine the best plan of action to help them resolve their lower back pain. This week I had a client that I had a general idea of what I was going to do for her based on our initial phone consultation. Once she was in my office and we did a complete assessment…that plan was replaced by more physical therapy type moves along with some modified yoga poses, breath work for pain and essential oils for pain and stress.

My point is that just because a person is  a certified Yoga teacher,  it doesn’t make them a Yoga Therapist. I have practiced yoga since I was a child. My yoga therapy certification required a large amount of training and hard work through a school that has a medical advisory board and programs created by physicians, physical therapists, holistic health doctors and psychiatrists. This type of education enables me to properly access this clients needs and structure the proper treatment to those needs. If I would have stuck to my original plan I would have likely worsened my clients symptoms. I have consistently seen improved outcomes in movement, function and pain reduction with my clients by using an integrative approach to back care.

If you are looking into a yoga therapy program, know who and what you are getting. I have a 500 hr certification through two therapeutic programs, I am a certified Urban Zen Integrative Therapist and working in a local hospital with patients and staff weekly. My certifications are proudly displayed on the wall of my wellness center and I am currently working on a certification in Craniosacral therapy.

 

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