Most commonly hemorrhoids cause symptoms at the anus area as itching, pain, discomfort, mucus discharge, burning. Also very common is to have painless bleeding or swelling and a blood clot around the anus.
Bleeding often happens when the thin walls of the blood vessels in the hemorrhoids tissue get damaged – this can happen for many causes – hard stool, straining, bowel problem etc. This can be recognized by bright red or red blood that is visible on toilet paper or in the stool.
In this article, you will find Yoga exercises for hemorrhoids.
What causes hemorrhoids
Main causes of hemorrhoids are sitting long times on the toilet, straining during bowel movement, drinking too little fluids what makes the stool harden and can be caused for example lifting heavy objects. Read more about hemorrhoid causes here.
The most important step in getting rid of hemorrhoids is making the appropriate changes to your diet, but exercises can help to prevent them. Yoga has been used to treat a wide range of health issues, it can help improve your overall health and stamina, and strengthens core abdominal muscles.
While yoga alone won’t cure your hemorrhoids, but improving your lifestyle and adding exercises, to strengthen your body, will.
During curing hemorrhoids you need to be patient because even doctors find them hard to treat and hemorrhoids tend to come back if you do not change the way you live.
Eating healthy and exercising regularly is very important during curing hemorrhoids. This article gives you an overview of Yoga exercises for hemorrhoids.
Can exercise cause hemorrhoids?
There are many exercises that will cause individuals to place excessive strain on their lower regions. For example, weightlifting often causes hemorrhoids because of the straining involved whilst lifting and holding one’s breathe.
Holding your breath and groaning/shouting/grunting whilst lifting weight forces the air to the bottom of your lungs and this, in turn, puts extra pressure on your other internal organs and the veins in your anal region.
In addition to that, the problem of hemorrhoids becomes ever more frequent as you get older as your tissues get loose.
However certain types of exercise can lower the risk of developing hemorrhoids. Besides Kegel exercises, one of the best ways for preventing hemorrhoids is practicing yoga!
Yoga exercises for hemorrhoids
Performing yoga stretches that focus on the stomach and upper legs are excellent for helping blood flow to the rectal area thus reducing the chance of hemorrhoids and improving healing time.
To get into the Sarvanga Asana position, begin by lying flat on your back, face up, with your arms extended to your sides. Slowly raise your legs until they are at a 90 degree angle to the rest of your body. Once your legs have been lifted, use your arms to support your back as you raise it. Eventually, you should have your back raised as much as possible, supported by your arms, with your legs at an angle and your feet directly above your head.
This position can help relieve hemorrhoids for a couple of reasons. It reduces blood flow (and therefore swelling) around the lower abdomen through gravity, as you are positioned upside down. It also works your abdominal muscles, thereby making it easier to alleviate constipation.
Balasana, also known as the child’s pose, begins with you sitting down on your knees, on your yoga mat. Separate your knees slightly and then bend over, with your hands stretched above your head.
Try to become as flat as possible. Hold this position for a ten second count and then slowly return to your original position.
The balasana will work the muscles in your lower abdomen, reducing constipation by improving circulation. It also greatly improves flexibility of the back and arms.
The Viparita Karani is useful for similar reasons to the Sarvanga Asana; it both increases circulation and works your muscles. Position yourself beside a wall. Lie down very close to the wall with your legs resting upwards against the wall.
Make sure that your arms and hands are flat against the floor. Hold this pose for ten seconds and then return to your original position. For a more advanced viparita karani, you can raise your back as you move your legs upwards against the wall, like a modified Sarvanga Asana.
Malasana is one of the easiest poses for a beginner to do. Simply stand with your legs spread apart and then lower yourself down into a squatting position. Bring your hands together in a “praying” position, with your arms horizontal to the ground and your elbows within your knees.
Lower yourself into the squat as much as possible. As with the other positions, hold the position for at least ten seconds before returning to your original position. Pay attention to the straightness of your back; while your back is at an angle, your spinal column itself should be straight to avoid straining or hurting yourself.
About these poses
All of these poses can be done within the same session and multiple times — in fact, doing these exercises as much as possible is a good idea. Getting rid of hemorrhoids is usually a combination of dietary changes, exercise and time. Most cases of hemorrhoids will resolve themselves, but exercises such as the above can speed up the healing process.
Yoga exercise equipment
Support the healing process
Besides eating healthy and exercising regularly we can recommend supporting curing process with natural oils. These oils are all about strengthening the affected skin and supporting healing. Additionally, they will prevent Hemorrhoids re-occurring!
To sum up
Exercise is vital in relieving the symptoms of hemorrhoids and in preventing them ever occurring. Just be sensible about what and how much you do, and get some good sound advice, particularly when in comes to lifting weights.
Make exercises part of your daily routine: For example, you could do a series when you wake up in the morning, another while you’re watching TV, and then again before you go to bed. But it really doesn’t matter when or where you do them – as long as you do them regularly.
Be patient and keep at it. It may take three to six weeks of regular Yoga exercises to get rid of hemorrhoids before and notice an improvement in bladder control.
Doing yoga, plus living and eating healthy is your new lifestyle. Don’t stop! You have to continue exercising to maintain your strength and ward off incontinence as you age. So make it a lifelong habit.
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