Yoga practitioners sometimes experience pain when practising yoga, and this can be divided into 'good pain' and 'bad pain'.
Common causes include a practitioner pulling his or her back, pulling a hamstring or hurting their neck.
Good pain can be in the form of experiencing burning muscles right after a work-out session, and soreness of muscles that can last for 2 to 3 days.
This can be relieved with massage with a cold or hot pack, rubbing the affected are with an oinment, massage cream or covering it with pain killer plaster.
Other treatment for post-yoga soreness include a good rest, full eight hours of night sleep, and a nap session after a yoga class is over, to allow the body to heal.
Keeping a distance of 2 to 3 days between yoga classes, proper hydration and a good warm up session before each yoga session can also help prevent injuries.
Yes, yoga can get a little uncomfortable, especially at the initial stages of picking up a lesson, and it is completely natural to feel so.
However, if the pain seizes you, sneaks up on you and steals your consciousness and breath, it is time to seek help.
According to the Cleveland Clinic website, these are several symptoms of 'bad pain' that a practitioner should be concerned about, and warrants a visit to the doctor:
- Pain in an area that has been previously injured, or where you have had surgery
- Pain that causes deformity or massive swelling
- No relieve in pain after several days of rest, ice massage of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication
- Pain that constantly worsens in severity, coupled with pressure and bruising
- Pain so severe that it causes nausea/vomiting
- Pain that gives you a fever/chills
- Pain that prevents you from moving a body part, decreases your range of motion, or prevents you from moving altogether.
Nizha Periaswamy is a yoga instructor and freelance writer.
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