Yoga is one of the critical tradition found in Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. As a matter of fact, yoga is been associated to pain relieving and treatment. Yoga refers to the mental, spiritual, ad physical disciplines and practices that originated from India during the ancient era. The main aim of yoga is to attain the peace of mind in order to rediscover one true self. Studies has been undertaken to determine the effectiveness of yoga as one of the treatment option for various types of pain. The randomized clinical trials undertaken as an outcome measures shows that yoga lead to significant reduction of pain than control interventions such as relaxing yoga, touch, manipulation, therapeutic exercise, self-care and standard care (Posadzki et al. 281). In the general perspective, yoga has the potential for assuaging pain.
It is evident that no one treatments works best for all people in the world. There are various aspects of yoga that has proved to be treating neck and back pain. These are based on the fact that undertaking some yoga practice twice a week in a certain period of time make a tremendous gains in endurance, strength and flexibility (Posadzki et al. 283). In most cases, the main objective of rehabilitation programs for neck pain and back pain is for patients to attain strength, endurance and flexibility. This is a clear prove that yoga is effective in pain relieving and pain treatment.
On the same note, the meditation and breathing aspects of yoga is associated with induction of relaxation response. Studies show that relaxation response assist people in various ways, especially in decreasing pain. In most cases, pain problems is accompanied by anxiety and depression. Yoga is very helpful in treating anxiety and depression among patients with pain. The fact that yoga treats anxiety and depression means that it is effective in pain treatment.
Treatment of pain in the past was resting. These trend has changed since people are more active in treatment of pain. Yoga is used to deal with different types of pain, whether from fibromyalgia, arthritis or back problems. Studies show that half of the patients who use yoga for pain treatment are healed. In fact, the evidence is based on the fact that most of the patients reduced reliance on pain relieving medications (Posadzki et al. 285). Yoga works on strengthening and stretching mechanism, and the key to healing according to research is strength. By building strength, bolstering bones and joints, and releasing muscle tension, yoga brings out balance in the body, thereby, reducing pain.
Individuals during yoga practice give themselves tie to undertake stretching slowly. Slow stretch lead to body balance, and the mind find positive focus, rather than focusing on pain. Since pain can be devastating, calm and balanced body system is the best therapy for pain. Relaxation responses that is derived from yoga reduces muscle tension and stress. The changes in the body system and muscle relaxation modify the hormones and neurobiological pain perceptions, which lead to pain treatment (Posadzki et al. 287). Those individuals who have been under pain medication assert that yoga relieved their pain within a short period of time. In fact, the treatment of pain brought about through yoga is permanent and at the same time cost effective.
Researches have been carried out in various occasion to prove the effectiveness of yoga in pain treatment. In fact, the outcome shows that yoga is effective in pain treatments. Regardless of the type of pain, yoga is believed to be effective. Yoga worked significantly compared to other control interventions. In the general perspective, yoga has the potential to assuage pain.
Posadzki, Paul, et al. "Is Yoga Effective For Pain? A Systematic Review Of Randomized Clinical Trials." Complementary Therapies In Medicine 19.5 (2011): 281-287. MEDLINE. Web. 23 Apr. 2014.