Conditions of the Spine – Spinal Degeneration – Disc Health, Disc Issues, Spinal Stenosis, Bone Spurs, Medical Terminology — for Health & Wellness Coaches, Yoga Therapists, Yoga Teachers, Holistic Healthcare Providers

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson we introduce conditions of the spine, including disc issues, stenosis and bone spurs, and how yoga may help.


Become familiar with conditions of the spine including disc degeneration and herniation, stenosis, bone spurs and vertebrae issues plus considerations for teaching yoga to students with such conditions.


Cite research showing the spines of yoga teachers had significantly less degenerative disc disease than non-practitioners. Discuss prevention of spinal degeneration. Name and define general types of disc dysfunction. Differentiate disc herniation from a bulging disc. Discuss disc herniation including how it occurs, its prevalence, symptoms and it’s lack of predictive relationship to low back pain. Define spinal stenosis, bone spurs, facet joint syndrome and radiculopathy. Provide a general approach for yoga with students experiencing disc degeneration and a general approach for those with spinal stenosis. Note sources for consideration when teaching students experiencing degenerative disc disease, spinal bone spurs or stenosis.


bone spurs, degenerative disc disease (DDD) / disc degeneration, bulging disc, disc extrusion, disc protrusion, facet hypertrophy, facet joint syndrome, herniated disc, lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), myelopathy, osteophytes, pinched nerve, radiculopathy, spinal stenosis

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