How yoga helps fight hip pain


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
How yoga helps fight hip pain

Hip pain issues usually arise when your hip flexor muscle constantly feel tight, leading to discomfort. Yoga helps relax and ease this tension through resistance mixed with stretching exercises.

Age old yoga asanas from hatha yoga and bikram yoga aid in stretching as well as strengthening your hip muscles and provide them with ample support.

Yoga helps in achieving overall well being and optimum body composition. Given yoga's extensive applications, there are several poses that specifically target isolated and combined muscles and muscle groups, both, in the upper and lower body. Core strength and balance form an integral part of yoga, and this points to healthier musculature and resistance against common aches and pains, such as the common hip pains.

Yoga helps strengthen muscles by increasing their ROM (range of motion). Asanas for hip pain such as in Hatha yoga and Bikram yoga are quite effective for fighting muscle stress. Yoga follows the simple technique of opening up joints by distributing the load of the hip towards a larger surface area, restoring your body's natural motion and ease. The stronger your hip joint is, the lesser it is stressed by your body weight.

Hatha yoga: Hatha Yoga is one of the most popular styles of yoga, which is associated with treating pain. Hatha Yoga technique includes various postures such as Vriksha Asana (Tree pose), Shrava Asana (Corpse pose) and Bala Asana (Child pose). It helps in regulating your intake of breath by reducing stress levels and aids in lightening chronic strain.

Bikram yoga: Bikram Yoga, also known as hot yoga, is a great way of dealing with hip pain. It includes performing strenuous exercises in a room which is heated to a temperature of 110 to 120 F (38 to 45 C). The heat aids in warming the muscles and ligaments allowing them to stretch with ease and comfort.

Doctors tell most people suffering from acute hip pain to stay away from Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga poses, since they're fairly strenuous and could harm more than heal. But if you don't suffer from any hip pain yet, and would rather prevent than cure, it's not a bad idea to begin yoga workouts. Of course, those who suffer already, should consult their doctors before starting any new exercise routine.

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