Focus on your health

From Florida Hospital Apopka

If you’re like millions of people in the world, then you probably suffer or have suffered, from lower back pain (LBP) at some point. On top of being uncomfortable for the patient, LBP is the costliest work disability in the United States, and it can lead to missed work, depression, restless sleep and debt due to treatment costs.

Dr. Chetan Patel, an orthopedic surgeon at Florida Hospital, believes in not only finding the cause of back pain but also improving the way that modern medicine treats spinal conditions, such as introducing alternative treatments to existing treatment plans. In pursuit of this goal, Dr. Patel recently partnered with other medical specialists to systematically review the results of a number of randomized, controlled trials where yoga was used as a method for treating patients with LBP. They were able to conclude that overall, yoga intervention can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life with the added potential to reduce stress, depression, medication usage and the likelihood of disability.

As with any form of exercise, it is important to talk to your doctor about specific postures that are best for your condition. Here are a few ways that you can incorporate basic aspects of yoga into your everyday lifestyle:

1. Start and end each day with stretching.
The physical part of yoga focuses on holding postures that help stretch and lengthen your muscles. Read our previous blog for a few yoga poses that will can help reduce LBP and increase your energy.

2. Practice breathing.
Breathing is another very important part of yoga that aims to reduce stress and anxiety and clear your mind. Controlled breathing can help relax your muscles and allow you to focus on the tasks at hand. Take the time to inhale slowly and exhale slowly through your nose for a few rounds of breath. You can turn this breathing into a meditation by closing your eyes and letting your mind wander and relax. You’ll be amazed by how rejuvenated you feel after simply slowing down and allowing oxygen to flow through your body.

3.  Eat a balanced diet.
The food you consume has a drastic effect on your spine health. Foods that are high in sodium, fat, and sugar can cause inflammation in the body and can result in back pain and injury. Watch our SpineU video for a few ways that you can incorporate healthy habits into your everyday lifestyle.

The goal of yoga in healthcare – similar to Florida Hospital’s own philosophy of care – is to heal and strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. Partnered with regular supervision from your doctor, yoga can help release the tense muscles that are causing back pain, while strengthening and lengthening your muscles to prevent future injuries from occurring. By combining these postures with a diet that has a high concentration of foods with anti-inflammatory properties and practicing breathing techniques to help you relax and de-stress, you will be well on your way to a pain-free, lower-stress lifestyle.


  1. Since this article is about yoga, there was a yoga instructor, a beautiful lady who was going to marry her fiancé next month, and she was from Australia, and was living in the upscale home of her fiancé while he was away, during the night, she heard what see believed to be a sexual assault in the alleyway behind their home, and called 911, and went out to the police cruiser to talk to the police officer, who had another officer with him in the passenger seat. She was in her pajamas and was talking to the officer that had driven and the other passenger officer pulled a gun out and shot her through the driver’s window, and shot her dead! This was in Minneapolis, Minn…..she was a yoga instructor, mediation instructor, life and health coach, and had attended a university to study to be an animal vet. There are cops out of control all across our nation and they are giving the good cops bad names…..they didn’t have their body cameras on as they were suppose to, nor the car cameras, and have not responded as to why they shot her. Everyone that knew her said she was a calm, peaceful person, not one to confront, but one to help people. This happened recently, and it is a sad day here in our nation, the way the US is becoming.


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