17 Ways Yoga Can Ease Back Pain

With the right approach and some key poses you can help kiss back pain goodbye (18 Photos)

Mary Bolster on Jul 27, 2012 at 12:48PM

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17 Ways Yoga Can Ease Back Pain

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Know the Cause of Your Back Pain

If you have chronic back pain, see your doctor to rule out a medical cause, such as degenerative disc disease, or a disease such as multiple sclerosis. But many cases of back pain, says Miller, stem from a simpler cause: improper posture. Slouching on the sofa, hunching at your desk, jutting your head forward when you drive, carrying a child or baby on one hip and slinging a heavy bag over one shoulder create imbalances that can set you up for back pain. You lean over and feel a twinge and then shooting pain as a vertebra shifts. You may not even have bent over improperly, but poor habits have weakened your back. “It’s a pain waiting to happen,” says Miller.

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