• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Photo: Headshot of Rich Barlow, an older white man with dark grey hair and wearing a grey shirt and grey-blue blazer, smiles and poses in front of a dark grey backdrop.

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 11 comments on Yoga Can Ease That Aching Back

  1. Great to hear that BU researchers are confirming the benefits of yoga. I used to suffer from episodes of back pain— usually three or four enduring and often debilitating back spasms each year. I went to physical therapists many times. The PT alleviated the symptoms but did not fix the problem. Three years ago, I started doing yoga regularly. Not only have I cleared up most of my back issues, I am also able to control and release back spasms when they occur. I have even been able to get rid of the symptoms of sciatica that I had started to experience— numbness and tingling due to compression of the spine, a condition that a doctor at MGH told me was irreversible. Call me the Poster Man-Child for Yoga! One important point to underscore, however: the key to benefiting from yoga lies in doing it regularly and continuously. I can only fit in about 15-30 minutes of yoga each day, but I never miss a day, even if I have to do my practice late at night. Thanks for the article.

    1. The four poses posted above to help reduce back pain are good. However the top photo is a completely wrong pose for back pain ad that movement does not create space between the vertebrae but only increases compression. Check out master teacher Aadil Palkhivala’s video which is possibly on you-tube for what to do and not to do to help prevent and heal back pain.

  2. Very helpful! I have been doing these exercises for my back for some time now and generally experience a much healthier back than previously. What would also be helpful to see is what yoga positions to avoid, as I know from first hand experience that many yoga positions can exacerbate back pain. Thanks.

  3. Yoga is an effective exercise technique that relieves back pain. Most doctors suggest Yoga for lower back pain. I personally got good result doing simple Yoga exercise suggested by my personal orthopedic surgeon. Thank you very much to share this well-written article.

  4. I have problem with my back & sometimes have to take painkillers when the pain is severe. Thanks to your post, I will start doing yoga regularly to improve the situation instead of taking medicine. Thank you very much for writing.

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