Yoga Sequences that Will Help You Stretch and Strengthen Those Problem Areas (Part 1)


Yoga is a great modern way to help stretch out your body, strengthen your muscles, and alleviate stiffness and pain. While it may seem sometimes like a modern fad, yoga has actually been around for centuries and has stayed in the forefront of movement techniques due to its effectiveness. If you’ve been experiencing pain in one area or another, it’s possible that stretching and doing yoga could help strengthen those problem areas and, in turn, alleviate your pain.

We spoke with Dr. Jason Bauer, DC, our doctor who works on a lien in South Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada, about yoga poses that can help stretch and strengthen those problem areas.

Here’s the first pose he recommended, Child’s Pose or Balasana.  

This is a quick and easy pose to try at home. With Child’s Pose, you sit on your legs, which should be bent at the knees with your toes straight, and you slowly lean down over your bent knees to the floor, providing you with a gentle stretch to your back, hips, thighs, and ankles. It’s a very soft stretch that’s easily attainable for most people.

Dr. Bauer explained that Child’s Pose stretches out the extensor muscles along the spine, giving a nice stretch to your full spine and back. It also stretches out the front of your shin when you point your toes, and it stretches your hamstrings, as well. He recommends staying in that position for 5-10 full breaths. Then, release back up and enjoy the day with your newly stretched out spine.

It’s important to remember that while stretching is good for you most of the time, if you are feeling any pain while stretching, you should speak with your doctor immediately for advice. And if you’ve been injured in a car accident, be sure to speak with Dr. Bauer or any of our doctors who work on a lien basis about the treatment that is best for your situation.