Back pain can be caused by a host of different reasons. From an old injury resurfacing, to excessive sitting, sedentary lifestyle and incorrect posture - the culprit can be any or a cocktail of all. Prevention would certainly involve taking short breaks at work, investing in physical exercise, practicing flexibility enhancing techniques like yoga, assuming a correct sitting posture and eating a balanced diet. A series of backward bending yoga postures can help relieve back pain. Some of these would include asana like:
- Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
- (Matsyasana (fish pose)
- Setu Bandhasana (bridge pose)
- Balasana (child's pose)
"There is nothing like swimming to get rid of lower back pain. It gives you a complete body workout and helps loosen the stiffened back muscle," Dr. Amal Ghosh, Clinical Tutor (Rtd), N.R.S. Hospial, Kolkata.