Standing side bend, also known as Parsva Tadasana, is considered by some to be a variation of Mountain pose. (You may recall that Tadasana is the Sanskrit name for Mountain pose.) Although this may be true, I wanted to take some time to highlight this variation because side bends are so important for spinal health.
Side bends are great because they allow your spine to practice side flexion. Side flexion is when you face forward and let your spine bend to the side. Personally, I don’t think that I perform much side flexion in a day.
I might use my hip to shift my child or a heavy bag up higher into my arms. Perhaps, I’m seated in a chair and bend to the side to pick something up beside me. Those are examples of where you may see side flexion in your day.
Even if there’s not much side flexion in your life, you need your muscles to be able to perform this activity when asked. Sometimes bulging discs can occur because one side of the spine is very tight. By performing strategic exercises, you can sometimes work a bulged disc back into place.
If you keep your spinal muscles healthy, you make it less likely that you will create a back injury. Here’s more about the easiest side flexion exercise you can practice.
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