Do you have chronic back pain? Yoga may help. Dr. Laura Vanderberg, yoga therapist and experienced registered and certified teacher, is offering a two hour workshop 3:30-5:30 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 24 at Mesa Elite Fitness/CrossFit Los Alamos on DP Road, entitled “Yoga for a Healthy Back.”
According to the National Centers for Health Statistics, low back pain is the leading cause of disability in American workers under the age of 45.
In 2012, the University of Maryland Medical Center Health information website indicated that 60-80 percent of the U.S. population report having low back pain, and it is the second most common reason that people go to the doctor.
“Yoga can offer some simple tools, that don’t require extensive time commitment or pretzel positions, to help people feel better,” Vanderberg said.
Vanderberg cited a 2009 study published in the journal Spine that demonstrates yoga therapy for reducing pain and improving function in people with chronic low back pain.
The workshop is limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required. Participants will come away with a set of tools to specifically help reduce pain, increase flexibility and build strength.