Preventing Yoga Injuries

Nov 1, 2013

Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

by Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

From diet to rest to Scottsdale physical therapy, there are a number of positive changes you can make to help you both prevent and recover from injuries.

And while oftentimes, various forms of physical activity can help improve your strength and reduce your chances of getting hurt, sometimes, it’s that very preventative measure that can become the source of your problems.
Today, our Scottsdale physical therapy experts will help you learn how to prevent painful yoga injuries.
While undoubtedly beneficial to both the body and the mind, yoga can still cause painful – and sometimes even chronic – injuries.  But how can you incorporate yoga into your life without worrying about sustaining injury?

1. Watch for common pains: One way to prevent yoga injuries is to keep an eye open for signs that you may be suffering from one of the most common injuries: joint pain. To prevent joint pain, focus on distributing your weight equally during a stance: if you’re on your hands, spread your fingers as wide as they’ll go; if you’re bending forward, make sure that your knee is always aligned with your heel. Stay in tune with your body and don’t let joint pain go unnoticed.

2. Focus on the pose: From joint pain to nerve damage, yoga injuries are often brought on (and aggravated) by improper stance and misalignment. While you may not feel the pain at first, by holding poses incorrectly over an extended period of time, you put yourself at risk for injury over the long run. To prevent injury, make sure that you emphasize learning (and practicing) the basics of each pose correctly.

3. If it’s hurting, stop: Because yoga is anything but high impact, many who are suffering from mild discomfort push through the soreness, believing that yoga injuries will resolve themselves. And while serious yoga injuries are uncommon, by pushing through the pain, you could end up causing more harm than good. If you begin to feel pain, stop – most likely, the problem is due to misalignment and can be alleviated easily if not subjected to repetition.

To read additional exercise and injury tips or to schedule a Scottsdale physical therapy appointment today, visit us at
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