Yin Yoga for Upper Back Pain Relief | 60 mins | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 420

Published on January 28, 2018



Yin Yoga for Upper Back Pain Relief
This full yin yoga class and yin yoga pose sequence is designed for upper back pain relief. Upper back pain can be caused by overuse and strain to the muscles, particularly the deeper myofascial connective tissues and ligaments that support your upper back. Yin yoga focuses on the deeper layers of connective tissues, ligaments, joints and bones. Yin yoga is particularly effective for upper back pain because myofascial pain that affects the connective tissue of the upper back is quite common. Chronic myofascial pain is ongoing or longer lasting pain that can affect the connective tissue or fascia of a muscle or group of muscles.

When you experience chronic myofascial pain in your upper back, neck, shoulders and chest it might feel like a knot in the muscle or a tight band. You may feel sensitivity to the touch. With myofascial pain there are often sensitive trigger points that are tender when touched. That is there is pain when you put pressure on a trigger point. You can experience aching, burning, stinging or stabbing and a reduced range of motion to the affected area.

Yin yoga is designed to get deep into the myofascial layers of our body. We hold the poses for longer to affect the deeper connective tissues that wrap around the joints and the bones. These connective tissues require slow and gentle traction in a passive way over a long period of time. Connective tissue is more “plastic” in nature compared to muscle which is more elastic. This dense and less pliant connective tissue needs time and the effect gravity over time to release. Just like braces the deeper layers of our connective tissues respond to slow gentle traction that we apply in yin yoga.

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