EPISODE 211

Degenerative Disc Disease

With Dr. Libby Hinsley

Students often share scary sounding diagnoses with their yoga teachers and expect us to know what they are – and how to modify for them. Today’s episode is the first of a mini series about some of the most common conditions that will show up in a yoga classroom. Dr. Libby Hinsley demystifies the misleading diagnosis of “degenerative disc disease” – and shares the tools you will need as a yoga teacher to confidently help any student who tells you they have it.

Episode Highlights

Students often share scary sounding diagnoses with their yoga teachers and expect us to know what they are – and how to modify for them. Today’s episode is the first of a mini series about some of the most common conditions that will show up in a yoga classroom. Dr. Libby Hinsley demystifies the misleading diagnosis of “degenerative disc disease” – and shares the tools you will need as a yoga teacher to confidently help any student who tells you they have it.

 

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • How your back is like a Jelly Doughnut!
  • What IS “degenerative disc” and what impact should it have on your practice?
  • The relationship between bulging, slipped, and herniated discs (hint – one of these isn’t a real thing).
  • The prevalence of spinal abnormalities – and how worried we should be if they show up on imaging.
  • The relationship between degenerative disc disease and backbends.
  • Nerve compression symptoms and how to modify for them.

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