There are many types of back pain that manifest in the elderly and often we associate the pain to daily living and wear and tear from active lifestyles. For some elderly adults, however, the complications with back pain may be attributed to physiological health problems and chronic disease for which medications can not effective resolve.
If you are caring for a loved one who has chronic and persistent back pain, it is important to consider home remedies and natural options for alleviating back pain or to work as a supportive service to traditional healthcare. While finding the best mattress for back pain is important, other remedies may also be effective for the elderly including yoga for back pain.
Yoga has a physical and mental health component that makes this practice of exercise healing at multiple levels. For the adults who live with chronic back pain, and especially when associated with a chronic illness, yoga may be the only option to alleviating that back pain from a physical fitness standpoint.
Yoga for back pain is not a new dynamic but among the elderly it has become increasingly more popular. When considering this option of physical health service for your parent, it is important to find an instructor, and yoga class, that is focused to the healthcare needs that are specific to the geriatric population. In doing so, you will find that your loved one’s health issues will be resolved more rapidly.
In elderly adults who use yoga for back pain successfully, often find that their back pain is resolved to such an extent that they are not only more mobile and active in their daily living activities, but typically they can discontinue may pain medications and muscle relaxers that may have been prescribed for the back pain. In addition, yoga has a therapeutic effect from a psychological perspective and, as a result, will provide an improvement in any mental health complications.
If you are caring for a loved one who consistently complains of back pain, be sure to consider how you can utilize yoga for back pain to help alleviate pain and disability, while restoring function and mobility.
Sources: Eldercare for Dummies, by Rachelle Zukerman