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Can yoga help back pain?

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Research has shown that yoga or intensive stretching can help reduce low back pain. It can also help reduce your stress and make you sleep better.

Talk to your doctor about which poses are safe for you to practice and which ones won’t make your pain worse. It might be helpful to start off using yoga props like blocks and bolsters for added support so that you can hold poses comfortably. And taking a few yoga classes with an instructor to be sure you’re doing the poses and breathing correctly -- which is key to relaxation -- isn’t a bad idea either.

From: 5 Sleep Tips for Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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National Sleep Foundation: “Pain and Sleep.”

Mayo Clinic: “Slide show: Sleeping positions that reduce back pain,” “Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Is Your Sleep Position Causing You Back Pain?”

Harvard Medical School: “What type of mattress is best for people with low back pain?” “Yoga for better sleep.”

Sleep.org: “Prevent Back Pain While You Sleep.”

NIH: “Yoga or Stretching Eases Low Back Pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2018

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National Sleep Foundation: “Pain and Sleep.”

Mayo Clinic: “Slide show: Sleeping positions that reduce back pain,” “Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Is Your Sleep Position Causing You Back Pain?”

Harvard Medical School: “What type of mattress is best for people with low back pain?” “Yoga for better sleep.”

Sleep.org: “Prevent Back Pain While You Sleep.”

NIH: “Yoga or Stretching Eases Low Back Pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2018

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