Yoga Postures to Avoid When Suffering From Herniated Discs

Yoga Postures to Avoid When Suffering From Herniated Discs

Yoga helps you relax, strengthens your muscles and improves flexibility. But for those suffering from a medical condition, it may not be such a pleasurable experience. Yet the health benefits of yoga does wonders for various medical conditions. In this article, we at the Spinalogy Clinic, Pune examine yoga postures that should be avoided by those suffering from herniated discs.

When you first begin yoga after a slipped disc, you will still be in pain. During this time it is important not to push yourself to bear the pain. The moment you feel any pain, tingling or numbness, stop what you are doing. You will be able to do more gradually over time.

Overall you need to avoid poses that make you do the following:

  1. Bend forward past 90 degrees without bending your knees,
  2. Poses that require you to sit and fold forwards and any
  3. Pose that require you to twist or round your back.

These Yoga poses put a strain on your spine by causing excessive compression of inter-vertebral discs and thus increasing intradiscal pressures. This in turn aggravates the disc herniation.  Below mentioned yoga poses increase the strain on your spine and should be avoided if suffering from back pain or slip disc. In certain patients suffering from weak bones or osteoporosis, such poses can even cause spine fractures.

Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Fold): This pose involves touching your feet while being seated with your legs stretched out straight in front of you. It is meant to stretch the spine amongst other things and can therefore be harmful to a person with a herniated disc.

Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose):  The objective here is the same as mentioned above, i.e. – to be able to touch your toes. This pose involves doing it standing. Variations could involve raising your leg instead of bending forward. Still the Big Toe pose is harmful for an already injured back.

Baddha Konsana (The Butterfly Pose): This is a seated pose where the soles of your feet touch each other. While the pose stretches the groin, abdomen and inner thighs it can have an adverse effect on the back.

Marichyasana: This pose has four variations with the first one being most harmful for a herniated disc. Marichyasana 1 requires you to sit with one leg stretched out and the other bent. Then one must put their arm around the bent knee and bend forward.

Upavistha Konsana: Here your legs are spread wide until you are seated almost at a 180 degree angle. Then you need to bend forward. This pose effectively helps activate your core and stretch your inner legs. But it can make a herniated disc much worse.

Marjaryasana (Cat/Cow/Camel pose): This is a very popular yoga pose that involves being on all four limbs. While some stretches done in this position may not hamper a herniated disc, it is best to avoid this pose entirely as it involves rounding your back.

Sasangasana (Rabbits Pose): A step ahead of the cat pose is the rabbit pose. This involves a deep stretching of the back when on your knees. It helps lengthen the spine but should not be tried when suffering from a herniated disc.

Always inform your yoga instructor about slip disc problems before starting your yoga schedule.

Also keep your doctor informed on the yoga exercises you are doing.  Any yoga pose causing back pain should be stopped immediately, as pain is the warning signal.

At Spinalogy clinic Pune, we treat your back pain using multidisciplinary therapies and also guide you regarding ergonomics related to yoga and gym exercises.

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