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Supported Bridge Pose for Back Pain

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Updated November 02, 2009

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Benefits of Supported Bridge Pose
For back pain sufferers, the supported bridge pose offers a set of challenges to the body and mind that together provide an entryway into the benefits of having a yoga practice. Like most yoga poses, the supported bridge pose involves the entire body. The supported bridge pose:
  • Begins to change the balance between the strength and flexibility of the musculature of the body.
  • Promotes postural re-education.
  • Encourages a balanced position of the pelvis, which readies the posture muscles for productive therapeutic work.
  • Ignites and strengthens the core abdominals for controlling pelvic tilt. 1 The supported bridge pose takes the challenge of the pelvic tilt into space, introducing new variables for the core muscles to resolve via strength and stretch.
  • Strengthens low back muscles.
  • Helps to release unnecessary muscle tension, for example, in certain muscles of the the shoulders and through the front of the body.
  • Uses both front and back body muscles to stabilize the trunk.
  • Develops an awareness of the body in space.

Bibliography
1 Kisner, Carolyn, M.S. P.T. and Colby, Lynn Allen, M.S. P.T. Therapeutic Exercise Foundations and Techniques. 4th ed. 2002. F.A. Davis Company. Philadelphia, PA. p 672.

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