Yoga For Inguinal Hernia
22 May

Yoga For Inguinal Hernia

What is Inguinal Hernia?

An inguinal hernia mainly occurs in the lower part of abdomen area. 

It develops when intestinal tissues come in the abdominal area near the right or left inguinal canal.

Each inguinal canal resides at the base of the abdomen.

Both men and woman have inguinal canals. In men, the testes usually descend through their canal by around a few weeks before birth. 

In women, each channel has one location of passage for the round ligament of the uterus. 

If you have a hernia in or near this passageway, it results in a protruding bulge. It may be painful during movement.

Many people don’t seek treatment for this type of a hernia because it may be small or not cause any symptoms. 

Various Symptoms of an inguinal hernia:-

Inguinal hernias are most noticeable by their appearance. They cause bulges along the public or groin area that can appear to increase in size when you stand up or cough. This type of a hernia may be painful or sensitive to the touch.

Other symptoms may include:

Pain when coughing, exercising, or bending over

Burning sensations

Sharp pain

A substantial or full feeling in the groin

Swelling of the scrotum in men

Statistics of Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal hernias account for 75% of abdominal wall hernias, with a lifetime risk of 27% in men and 3% in women.

Repair of an inguinal hernia is one of the most common operations in general surgery, with rates ranging from 10 per 100 000 of the population in the United Kingdom to 28 per 100 000 in the United States.

Source:- NCBI

     Yoga For Inguinal Hernia

Vajrasana is a meditative asana not involving much of muscle work and was used as a preparatory for yoga therapy with added benefits of compressing inguinal canal which will prevent protrusion of abdominal contents.

Ushtrasana and paschimottanasana were included based on the principle of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation technique namely repeated stretch, i.e., the stretch reflex elicited from muscles under the tension of elongation will facilitate muscles to contract. Ushtrasana will ease abdominal muscles to stretch, and paschimottanasana will promote them to contract along with compression over the inguinal canal.

Pawanmuktasana strengthens abdominal muscles, compresses inguinal canal and also reduces intra-abdominal pressure by releasing air from the gastrointestinal tract, and utthanpadasana has got direct strengthening effect over abdominal muscles.

Matsyasana is complementary to Sarvangasana included to neutralize the flexion force created over the standard neck and sarvangasana is to move abdominal contents toward thorax thereby reducing abdominal pressure and to prevent protrusion of intestinal contents or to facilitate replacement of herniated materials.

What Food to eat while suffering from an Inguinal Hernia:-

Bananas and apples

Green beans, peas, carrots, and broccoli

Grains, like cereals (bran and oatmeal), bread, rice, pasta, and crackers

Low-fat or skim milk and low-fat yogurt

Fat-free cheeses, cream cheese, and fat-free sour cream

Lean meat, chicken, and fish


Pretzels, graham crackers, rice cakes, and baked potato chips

Low-fat sweets

So these are the food to eat and yoga asanas to do while suffering Inguinal Hernia.

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