Hundreds to thousands of people around the world suffer from hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids present as inflammation within the walls and veins of the rectal area and can be quite painful, depending on the severity.
Hemorrhoids can be caused by a number of factors including putting excessive pressure on the rectal area (such as by lifting weights) or straining during bowel movements or during pregnancy and childbirth. This pressure can lead to damaged veins within the rectum which then causes them to become inflamed.
There are medications and topical ointments that you can apply in order to alleviate the symptoms of hemorrhoids but if you are looking for an all natural way to help hasten the treatment process then try participating in yoga classes or, at the very least, try performing specific yoga poses that are known to help in relieving discomfort caused by hemorrhoids.
Below are several yoga poses that you can perform if you have hemorrhoids. These positions can help alleviate discomfort and pain. They are also designed to help your body relax.
The Child’s Pose is an easy yoga pose that you can try to help alleviate hemorrhoid symptoms. This pose is designed so that blood circulation is increased on the lower part of your body, specifically around the anus which should help give relief. To do this pose start on a tabletop position and bend your knees upwards toward your stomach so that your feet and your buttocks are beside each other. Stretch your arms forward until your head is resting on the floor. You can choose to either leave your arms in this position or pull them back up beside your body. Maintain this pose for at least a minute or for as long as it is comfortable.
This is a simple pose that you probably already know how to perform. The Squatting Pose is ideal to help alleviate constipation, one of the most common causes of hemorrhoids and a condition that exacerbate existing hemorrhoids as you strain and put pressure on your rectal area during bowel movements. Squats are known to help alleviate this symptom. To perform the Squatting Pose, simply bend you knees and lower your hips, with your feet slightly apart as if you are sitting on a chair. Don’t go lower than a 90-degree angle at the knees. Maintain this position for a couple of seconds making sure you take deep breaths and go back to a standing position slowly. Repeat several times.
Legs up the Wall Stand Position
This position is a relaxing yoga stance and should allow for better circulation in your body. Blood circulation should also improve around the lower part of the body which should reduce hemorrhoids’ symptoms significantly. To perform this pose simply lie flat on your back with both arms spread apart and lift your feet upwards using the wall as a sort of support. Focus on deep breaths and maintain this pose for as long as you can.
Also known as the candle pose is often recommended to those who have hemorrhoids. This position is also called the shoulder stand which should give you an idea on how to perform this pose. This pose will require more concentration, flexibility and balance than other poses on this list. In order to perform this pose lie on the floor flat on your back, then bend your knees towards your chest. Put your hands behind your lower back and steadily straighten your legs up using your hands as balance support. Maintain this pose for about 10 seconds and slowly go back to a prone position.