Mid-back Pain and Abdominal Strenghthening

Back extension in yoga is often considered to be a cause of back pain and injury, and this is often true, as it is very easy to injure the spinal structures in extension. Abdominal strengthening is one of the best ways to support the spine, because some of the abdominal muscles attach directly to the spine and when we contract our abdominal muscles as we move, the spine is braced and protected. Strong spinal muscles also create spinal stability. Continue reading

Neck Pain from the Hips

Posture affects our necks negatively when there is anterior or posterior pelvic tilt because the spinal curves are altered and the head is carried in a forward position. The muscle at the front of the neck, the Sternocleidomastoideus (SCM) shortens and the shoulder girdle rounds and shifts forward, exaggerating the curvature of the upper back. Continue reading