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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pelvic floor yoga for urology problems

Yoga is an ancient art which has in recent decades started to gain prominence all over the world. In more recent times, yoga has been recognized as a complementary alternative therapy for many serious disorders. Yoga, though ancient, is useful for many physiological and psychological disorders that the body may suffer from.

Pelvic floor muscle pain is a typical symptom of urological problems. Hatha yoga, a discipline of yoga, can help you deal with such urology problems. Since urological problems often mimic the symptoms of other problems, it is not always easy to diagnose them. Sometimes, the more traditional methods of treatment of these problems are not received well. Those suffering from chronic urologic conditions such as orchalgias, vulvadynia, prostadynia, epididimalgias and interstitial cystitis etc., can be benefited by practicing yoga.

There are many physiological and psychological benefits to those who practice yoga. Apart from increased aerobic capacity, there are also certain pelvic floor muscle exercises which help in strengthening the muscles in the pelvic floor. Yoga is highly adaptable, and even if you find yourself unable to perform a particular pose, you can be benefited by practicing a less complex variation of the pose.

Almost all urological disorders are caused due to poor musculoskeletal function of the pelvis and the back. There may also be certain myofascial and neural problems because of which these conditions could occur. The pelvic floor doesn’t work in isolation; therefore, pelvic yoga consists of poses and postures that help strengthen the muscular layers of the pelvic floor as well as the back. These poses help bring awareness of muscles to the practitioner, allowing the body to align itself correctly and self correct the musculoskeletal problems.

Sometimes, a dislocation or a problem in the rotation of the lower back, pelvis and the joints surrounding these areas may cause urological problems like incontinence. There are several yoga poses and postures which are specifically designed to correct the balance between the lower back and the pelvic structure. Some of the joint dysfunctions may aggravate chronic urologic conditions because of which the joints should be given special attention.

With yoga, pelvic floor muscles get toned and strengthened and the musculoskeletal alignment improves. Yoga also helps improve the myofascial function, thus improving the condition and remedying the pain. However, yoga should always be practiced along with the medications prescribed to you by a qualified doctor. Yoga offers a complementary treatment and should not be done in isolation.