Movement: Oh! My Aching Back

I have always been a physically active person, no one ever has to push me to move about.  One of the reasons I move often is that is makes me feel good and it helps to alleviate my chronic back pain.  I had a gymnastic back injury at the ripe age of 18.  I have carried that with me for many decades;  from muscle spasms, low back pain to sciatica which sometimes is hard to cope with. I was and am determined to avoid surgery at all costs and  use alternative therapies as well.  I have a difficult time with medications since I had so many NSAIDS when I was younger that my stomach and intestinal lining have been affected.  Enough said, the one thing that relieves my pain is movement.  Walking, pilates, yoga, strength training (at the  gym and by myself) and swimming.  The one most effective activity I use daily is, yoga.  I have to admit that at times it can become intense but between the core strength, stretching and the added benefit of relaxation and meditation, it is incredible.  It is by far the best medicine one could ask for.  For more information and exercises go to this link: http://www.yogajournal.com/health/1465

Studies from the Archives of Internal Medicine and Annals of Internal Medicine have found that their comparison between yoga classes and conventional stretching showed improvement for back sufferers after 12-26 weeks from both forms of exercise.  The difference in  the yoga study was that they also gained strength, a focus on posture and a sense of relaxation.  Not all yoga is created equal. There are many different forms and if you are new to yoga, start with a beginner or mild yoga, restorative yoga is also a wonderful class that helps undo the knots that may be causing the problems in the first place.  It actually restores a sense of well-being and relaxation through simple postures.  I suggest learning a few basic moves that can be repeated at home such as; child’s pose, pigeon, downward facing dog, plank pose and many of these can be found on line via home practice at Yoga Journal’s web site.

As far as natural products for pain, I can suggest some that will not aggravate your gut.  Curcuma Sorb (Meriva) by Pure Encapsulations, Wobenzyme PS by Douglas labs or Kaprex by Metagenics.  You can order these products through my connection with Emerson Ecologics on my home page.  You will need to register with the sign in and then you will be able to view this amazing virtual nutraceutical ‘store’.  If you have further questions, contact me or Emerson Ecologics directly.  I wish you great health and a pain free day!

Be Well,  Mary

Mary

 

 

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