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July 10, 2006 - 5:06 am
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Hi There,

One of my students is complaining about back muscle pain when doing any twisting positions. She says she only feels it when we doing twists and on both sides. She dsn't have any back problems, but I would like to help her discover what it could be.

Has anyone ever had this before? What could it be?

Thanks Sandra

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July 11, 2006 - 10:44 pm
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Namaste Sandra,

It could be any number of things. Here are a few questions

Has she seen her family doctor about it?

Is it severe pain?

What specific part of the back ds she feel pain in?

Is her pain muscular or spinal?

Which exact twists ds she feel pain from?

Ds her family have a history of back problems?

Sorry for all the questions, but this will give us all a better idea. My guess is she has discovered something earlier than usual due to Yoga practice.

You do not want to scare your Yoga student with speculations. For example: It could be an early indication of arthritis, a herniated disc, or it could be that she has knots in her muscles and just needs a massage.

Best not to play doctor and avoid medical advice, but do find out more specifics about her pain.

Om Shanti,

Priyah

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Namaste Priyah,

Thank you for your reply.

My student tells me that it is a minor pain not a severe pain and it only pains when she ds any twisting position. She seems to think it is a muscle pain, the part of the back she feels it in the muscels along the spine on both sides.

I totally agree that we shouldn't be playing doctor and I will tell her to see her doctor and find out if there is family history of back pain. I will work with her and make sure that she listens to her body's messages and gets it sorted out. She may just need a massage as you say.

Om Shanti,

Sandra

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Namaste Sandra,

As you know, the fact that this is muscular pain, and not spinal pain, is mildly encouraging. Also, by going her doctor, she will be reassured of what it most likely is.

Based upon what you have said, my speculation is the muscles around your Yoga student's spine are very tense or have been inactive for some time. The twisting and stretching of a spinal twist is a new and uncomfortable movement. She may just be developing an awareness of her spine depending upon her lifestyle, and we all have different tolerances for pain.

We often think of new Yoga students as previously inactive, but this could also happen to an athlete who ds not work the whole body in a balanced way. Sometimes rowers, rock climbers, or weight lifters have an over development of back muscles.

Luckily for Yoga teachers, many coaches encourage athletes to participate in Yoga classes in order to develop complete health.

This is not meant to down play her pain, but I would be surprised if it is a serious ailment. You have done all the right things. Please let us know what her doctor says.

Om Shanti,

Priyah

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This is just a thought, but one of the causes of excessive stiffness and tension in the back is office work. If this not serious and she ds office work, office yoga may be a good solution. This is similar to chair yoga that Paul and Mark talk about so often.

Just 5 to 10 minutes of seated or standing Yoga postures will help loosen her back for an hour or two. More companies should be doing office yoga. it would save on sick time.

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