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Yoga: A Secret Weapon Against Back Pain

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  • Many people with back pain are looking to understand the underlying reasons why they’re in pain, but, instead, are getting superficial (and often unnecessary) treatment like prescription painkillers, steroid injections, and surgery
  • In most cases, back pain will go away on its own without treatment, but natural therapies may help speed your recovery
  • Certain yoga poses that promote flexibility and core muscle strength may help relieve back pain
  • “Movement is medicine” for back pain; avoid becoming sedentary and embrace regular exercise along with intermittent movement designed to interrupt long periods of sitting

By Dr. Mercola

The vast majority of Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lives. In most cases (upwards of 90 percent), the pain will go away on its own, allowing you to go about with your normal activities.


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