Can Yoga Cause Back Pain?


We occasionally treat patients at Aspen Wellness Center who complain of back pain after doing yoga sessions. You’re probably thinking: “But wait, isn’t stretching supposed to be good for you? Can yoga really cause back pain? “

The answer is: yes, it can under certain circumstances. Many people think that If you practice yoga multiple times during the week, your neck or back pain will be resolved with even more flexibility. Here are some tips on how to to not injure yourself during yoga or any other performing any other stretching protocol:

1. Building up strength is just as important as increasing flexibility. Strength training is just as crucial during the week as stretching.

2. If you’re unable to inhale and exhale in a relaxed matter, the yoga class may not be the right one for you. The goal is to be able to relax your mind and your body.

3. If you find you are unable to bend as flexibly as the instructor during a demonstration pose, use common sense and don’t push it. Either ask the instructor for a modified pose or skip it all together.

4. There are many great chair yoga DVDs for those who are elderly or who have physical limitations.

5.If your back or neck pain isn’t resolving after several sessions of yoga, it’s time to see your Fort Collins Chiropractor to help fix the root cause of the problem.

Here in Northern Colorado there are many great yoga classes to choose from that are safe and fun. However if you have any questions or concerns about how neck or back pain may be related to your yoga classes, contact Dr. Mike Kleker at (970) 377-1775 and he will be happy to give you a free consultation.