I have two dear friends both having a terrible time with back pain. Both have constant, nagging pain that messes with their daily life. Both are considering surgical intervention.
That makes me nervous. I've seen firsthand someone slide seriously downhill after back surgery. One surgery turned into two, then five, then twelve and now I can't even remember how many they have had. Way too many. They have a serious addiction to pain killers and haven't been the same person in at least a decade. It has completely robbed them of their life.
I don't recall ever hearing a story about back surgery that happily ended after one surgery. It seems like fixing one problem, inadvertently creates another somewhere else in the body.
I have to wonder... can yoga help?
It seems in some cases that, yes, yoga can help. So, today I have compiled a list of resources of those suffering with back pain. Here are some yoga/back pain resources that you might find helpful:
Gaiam: Top 6 Yoga Poses for Back Pain
Yoga for Back Pain Relief
More Yoga Poses for Back Pain
Back Care Basics: A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program
Yoga Back Pain Study