According to Psychology Today, research indicates that the effects of chronic pain can be reduced, or prevented, by altering environmental factors and making lifestyle choices that improve the pain modulatory systems in the brain. But what does that really mean? In the simplest terms, it means making time for low-impact exercise and activities or experiences that give you a more positive outlook on life can help you find relief day-to-day.
Restorative yoga is one of the most common forms of exercise we recommend for pain management during cancer treatment. It’s still a relatively new subject for formal research, but early studies align with our members’ experiences. It’s a simple way to maintain energy and strength in the face of pain and fatigue. Yoga can also contribute to the feelings of emotional and mental centeredness, as well as aid in maintaining your strength and improving overall health!
Below are a few simple poses for you to try:
02 Restorative Reclining Bound Angle Pose
04 Child’s Pose
05 Cow Face Arms
06 Viparita Karani (Legs Against the Wall Pose)
07 Standing Side Stretch
08 Forward Fold Variation
09 Bridge Pose
10 Sukhasana Parivrtti (Seated Twist Pose)