People may compartmentalize chiropractic treatment as "medicine" and yoga as "exercise," and "never the twain shall meet." However, both of these practices can balance life fitness, according to a woman who works as both a yoga instructor and chiropractor.
"They have complementary intentions and philosophies, enhancing your attention of postural alignment and helping you understand the relationship between your physical structure and your health," said Loren Hager, as quoted in The Wilton Bulletin in Connecticut. "While chiropractic is already widely accepted as a natural way to combat back and neck pain and injuries, yoga can also be quite helpful for these common ailments."
Students in Boston yoga classes can use chiropractic medicine to deepen their understanding of the yoga poses by using proper alignment, according to Hager. This will help protect the joints. On the other hand, chiropractic patients can use yoga to condition their muscles and augment their treatments.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), research suggests that yoga can help improve mood, muscle relaxation, strength, flexibility, stress management and body chemistry. As of 2007, 13 million adults in the U.S. reported practicing yoga within the preceding year.
NCCAM is supporting research to study the relationship between yoga and chronic lower back pain, arthritis and other ailments.