It is very common for women, especially those who have had a vaginal birth, to develop hemorrhoids or piles after delivery. This is due to a vein that becomes swollen or painful in the rectum. One of the best remedies is to try different yoga asanas for piles to relieve yourself of the pain and the discomfort. Take a look at these best yoga asanas to treat piles after delivery.
Here is a list of some of the best yoga asanas to treat piles after delivery:
This is a simple yoga asana for piles that you can try right after delivery as it can help soothe your aching back muscles as well. This is one of the most effective yoga asanas for piles as the blood circulation to your anus is improved significantly, reducing the pain and swelling. Any stress caused in the region because of excessive straining in order to pass your bowels will also be relieved with this asana.
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How to do it: Lie down with your feet facing a wall. Then, lift your legs and place them on the wall. Inch closer to the wall until your hips are touching it and your feet are straight up. Relax your legs and stay in this position for a few minutes. You can repeat it twice each day for best results.
Also known as the garland pose, this is very effective against constipation which is one of the primary causes of piles or hemorrhoids. This posture is very beneficial to your hips, spine and your buttocks. It helps contract your abdomen and can improve the performance of your digestive system overall. It also relieves any pain in the rectal area caused by these hemorrhoids.
How to do it: Start with your feet at shoulder distance. Then lower your hips as much as you can, preferably until your buttocks touch your ankles. This is similar to a goblet squat. Hold this position for 8 to 10 breaths for best results.
Ashwini mudra or horse pose is very useful in regulating the muscles of your anus. Performing this asana for 1-2 weeks will give you significant benefits with respect to piles related issues. When a horse passes bowel, it tends to shrink the sphincter of the anus. This asana imitates this act to help relieve any strain in the anal region.
How to do it: Start by sitting cross legged on the floor. You can place the foot of one leg on the thigh of the opposite leg to do half a padmasan if possible. Then focus entirely in the anus and contract the muscles in your buttock. Hold it for 2-3 breaths and then release. Repeat this 8-10 times.
Also known as balasana or child’s pose, this is another post that helps improve circulation to the anal region. This not only helps alleviate the pain but also helps relieve common issues post-delivery such as constipation. This aasana is also useful in relieving stress which is quite common in new moms.
How to do it: Start by sitting with your legs drawn in, under your buttocks. Then stretch your arms forward and lower your upper body towards the floor till your head touches the floor. Make sure that you keep your hips pushed towards your feet throughout. Hold this position for as much time as you can and then slowly come back to your first position. You can repeat this 2-3 times a day whenever you feel any pain or discomfort.
This is a great yoga asana for piles as it is suitable even for complete beginners. This asana stretches the muscles in your hamstrings as well as your abdominal muscles. Therefore, you are relieved of several issues such as back pain, joint pain and even abdominal cramps that you may experience after your delivery. The muscles in the rectal area are stretched and relaxed with this pose, allowing better bowel movement.
How to do it: Start by standing upright with your feet together. Stretch your hands overhead next to your ears. Then bend forward from your waist and keep lowering your upper body till your fingers touch the floor. Then try to place your whole palm on the floor and when you are ready, place your hands under the foot. Make sure that your chin is tucked in all the time and that your head is drawn in towards the knees. The legs have to be straight while you hold this position for a few seconds.
As you practice these asanas, also make sure that you stay well hydrated at all times to relieve any pain or discomfort that is caused by piles.
(Writer Dr. Reetika is Physiotherapist by profession and has an experience of 8 years in fitness industry as a consultant. )
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