Here’s a conversation that happened in my office the other day.

“Dr. Martin I did a wheel today! I haven’t done a wheel for 21 years!!”

Me: “Awesome! I don’t know what that is but it sounds amazing.”

Marisa then educated me about what a wheel is in yoga. It looks like this:

yogo wheel

There is no way on God’s green earth I could ever do that.

But Marisa could… And then she couldn’t.

She injured her back. For a while, she kept doing wheel even though it hurt. (“I was young and undeterred by pain,” she says.) But as she got older, the pain got worse, and she got smarter about not forcing her body to do things that hurt. So she stopped doing wheel — for 21 years.

For some people this might not be a big deal. But Marisa owns a yoga studio. She teaches multiple classes every day. Hard to do when you have back pain all the time.


Then a few months ago Marisa did a brave thing and started coming to see me for chiropractic adjustments. I say brave, because she had a negative experience in the past with a chiropractor and was understandably nervous about getting hurt even worse.

Marisa completed a treatment plan and continued coming in for maintenance care. And this week, 21 years after she lost it, Marisa got her wheel back.

I’m so happy for her! This is why Precision Chiropractic exists. We help people get back to doing the things they love.

By the way, when people ask me “Do you think yoga could help my back pain?” I always say it depends where you go. If you have a structural problem in your spine and you are not careful, then yoga could make your back pain worse. But if you do yoga the right way and don’t ignore your body’s warning signals of pain, then yoga can be a fantastic compliment to chiropractic care.

If you’re looking for a yoga studio in Durham, try Arrichion. I know the owners, Marisa and Steve, the owners, and they know what they’re doing. They teach you to do the movements correctly — so you don’t make your back worse.


I was skeptical but have been able to run as far and often as ever with no back pain. I do not take pain meds for my back. Dramatic improvement!

Will M.

Should I Do Yoga If My Back Hurts?

Should I Do Yoga If My Back Hurts?

So your back hurts. Maybe you can’t even remember the last time it didn’t hurt. You’re popping Ibuprofen like they’re Skittles, and you’re wondering if you might get a little relief from yoga. Is it safe to practice yoga when your back hurts this much? Well, maybe....

What Are The Best Exercises For Lower Back Pain?

What Are The Best Exercises For Lower Back Pain?

PLANKS. Planks engage the abdominal muscles and back muscles, stabilizing the spinal column and mimicking proper lumbar alignment. To do them right and protect your back: Start on your forearms to avoid shoulder strain. Keep your abs tight the entire time. Do not let your back sag. Square your hips with the floor. Have someone take a picture or set up a timed photo/video so you can check whether your back is straight. This is a better way to confirm your posture than using a mirror, because the mirror requires you to twist your neck in the middle of the pose.

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