Cesarean Sections, Back Pain, Hot Yoga

Cesarean sections cause many problems for females. It is common that they develop back pain within as early as 2-3 months after having the cesarean section during delivery.

This seems to be quite common, so I did a little research (one of my longtime gurus ishere), came up with a theory on the problem, and at the end I will try to come up with a reasonable solution.

When the abdominal muscles are cut, there are wounds. Then, when the layers of abdominals are sewn back together, there will be scarring remaining, as well as possible adhesion (muscles are sticking to one another rather than sliding over one another).

Because of the scar tissue present to and the “stickiness” of the layers of abdominal muscles, females experience pain in that area.

As you may already know, pain is the most powerful “reprogramming” stimulus known to humans, right?

Not only does pain inhibit the nervous system and weakens the muscles, but also programs the body to avoid recruiting the hurt parts, and look for other muscle recruitment.

So for example, when we need to stabilize the spine for daily activities (as well as Yoga asana exercises), in the case of the cesarean cut the female Student tends to avoid using abdominals and recruits the back muscles instead (which leads to back pain).

In addition, the smaller, lower portion of the gluts (butt muscles) is used ‘over-time’ in order to stabilize the weak pelvis  – which leads to the atrophy of the larger butt muscles – which leads to “saggy bottom” or “heart-bottom syndrome” – which ladies think is not very cool at all.

If you think the “post-cesarean-section trauma” is leading you (or your Yoga students) to losing your ability to coordinate the abdominal wall to stabilize the spine, and therefore you’re experiencing back pain – as a solution I prescribe Hot Yoga Evolution practice (especially the standing postures) 3-4 days a week, combined with:

  • Attention directed to using the abdominal lift during the Hot Yoga practice (belly button in, or as I call it “mild uddhiyana bandha).
  • In addition, I would recommend a couple of simple abdominal-stability exercises to be performed at home, 5 minutes daily.

(Both of those points you’d need to discuss with me before class in person).

Eating the correct foods for your body (research metabolic typing), as well as keeping the foods high quality, plus drinking adequate amounts of water will go a long way for you, too.