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Is Yoga for Chronic Pain the Answer?

By Marygrace Taylor for Prevention.com discusses yoga and chronic pain. Learn if yoga can help you manage your chronic pain with Tiffany Cruikshank, Yoga Medicine founder & wellness expert.

Could Yoga Be The Chronic Pain Solution You’ve Been Seeking?

Sure, it’s relaxing and helps you stay limber. But can yoga actually relieve serious aches and pains? Science points to yes.

Chronic pain in America is big business—$560 to $635 billion, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. An estimated 100 million Americans suffer to varying degrees, and many of them are desperate for relief. While pain-relieving medication often helps, there are serious side effects to consider, it doesn’t work well for everyone, and some people just prefer to go a more natural route. Might yoga fit the bill?

An online class by Spirit Voyage claims to help heal chronic pain through kundalini (a dynamic form of yoga) and the power of the mind, and I admit I was skeptical. I knew that a regular yoga practice can help you touch your toes (or at least, get a little closer) and help you keep your cool in stressful situations (or at least, stay a little calmer). But could yoga really make a difference for people with serious pain issues?

Read the rest of the article here.

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