Yoga has existed for thousands of years. People in the United States and consequently in Pennsylvania practice a number of variations. Yoga combines meditation, breath control, stretching and strengthening movements. These mind-body exercises can increase flexibility, support relaxation and may even aid in the treatment of chronic pain. It can serve as a natural relief to chronic pain. 

Harvard Health Publishing suggests that a meta-analysis of 17 studies concludes that yoga improves the function of those who suffer from fibromyalgia and osteoporosis-related curvature of the spine. Some patients do not believe that yoga can help because the postures may cause flare-ups in their chronic pain condition. You can modify the postures to accommodate your condition and strength. 

If you cannot do yoga on the floor, then you can perform the moves from a chair instead. If you have limiting health conditions, you can speak to a yoga instructor to help you modify your yoga routine so that you do not exacerbate your condition. Sessions begin with relaxation techniques and breathing exercises to support relaxation before you begin. Then, you perform a number of yoga postures. 

Yoga is not off-limits for those with chronic pain. In fact, it can aid in alleviating pain from migraines, lower back pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia. Those who practice weekly yoga are more likely to see an increase of mobility. Yoga compares to the standard exercise therapy physicians use to treat chronic lower back pain. 

The above article is intended to educate on the effects of yoga on chronic pain. None of this information is meant to be interpreted as legal advice. 

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