We live in a fast-paced society and we want what we want and we want it now. We have lightning fast internet , millions of drive-thru restaurants and 70 miles per hour speed limits. We look for the easy ways to feel better even with our health. There are diet pills to lose weight, medications to mask pain and muscle implants where you can look fit without spending hours in the gym. However, often the best remedies and long term solutions require time and effort. If you have an inguinal hernia, you might be wondering if there is something you can do in the early stages to naturally help ease the pain and postpone the need for surgery. Have you considered trying yoga to minimize your discomfort?
What is an Inguinal Hernia?
A hernia is when an organ or tissue pushes through a weakness or hole in a muscle wall. An inguinal hernia is when fatty tissue or intestines push through the inguinal canal which is found in the groin in both men and women. The inguinal canal is where the spermatic cord, the testes, and scrotum are located in men and where the round ligament of the uterus is found in women (which helps hold the fetus in place during pregnancy). While inguinal hernias are ten times more likely to occur in men, they can be found in both sexes and even in children.
How Yoga Can Help Inguinal Hernias
Yoga has been helpful for inguinal hernias during the early stages because it can take the pressure off of the of location where the hernia is causing pain or discomfort and it can also strengthen muscles found near the hernia.
Yoga Exercise #1:
- Suck your stomach in for 3 seconds and then release slowly.
- Repeat this 10 times and continue to do this once every hour throughout the day.
- Do not do this during the 2 hour period after meals.
- Once you are comfortable holding this pose for 3 seconds, increase it to 5-7 seconds.
Yoga Exercise #2:
- Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out straight.
- Interlock your fingers together and place them on the back of your head near your neck.
- Exhale and recline back while simultaneously raising your legs off the floor. You should keep your knees together and your toes pointed. The pressure of your body should be focused to your buttocks and no part of your spine should touch the floor. (You’ll feel your back and abdominal muscles tighten.)
- Keep the legs at an angle about 30 to 35 degrees from the floor and your head at equal height with your toes. Hold this for 20 to 30 seconds with normal breathing.
Always contact your doctor first to determine what kind of hernia you have and what type of treatment he or she recommends. Late stage hernias will likely need surgical intervention to resolve the problem. Furthermore, consider researching reputable yoga studios near you to ensure that you are practicing these poses correctly. Inform the instructor of your inguinal hernia to avoid any exercises that could further damage your injury.