It's bad enough that the double 6 is hanging over me, and now the OFI pooch has formally screwed me but good! I'm prone to spasms in my lower back a couple of times a year. Sometimes just some discomfort sometimes really painful; sometimes only for a few days, sometimes longer. I've had an unusually troublesome one for the past ten days, so I saw the doc yesterday and it turns out that this one is putting a lot of pressure on my sciatic nerve, which means sitting for 15 min. or more causes my right thigh and glute to lock up 'till I can work it loose.
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Now all I need is that special edition of Rosetta Stone that will teach me to say YOU KIDS GIT OF MY LAWN! in 13 languages.
One of my employee's sciatic nerve issue was so painful, she could not walk. She had out patient surgery and is almost back to normal and just needs to straighten some muscles...pretty amazing.
Being tall, back issues are always there. I started using an inversion table over a year and even with heavy weight lifting, I have not had any back spasms in a year. I use it daily. I cannot claim it works but it does help me stretch out prior to exercising.
Well, the placard was supposed to be for 6 months only, but I don't know if the prescription was written incorrectly or the BMV clerk screwed up because it doesn't expire for 5-1/2 years! In fact, I'll only use it if I'm really in pain, because frankly, I'd rather walk more whenever possible.
A lot is to be said for the inversion table. A few minutes a day with the weight pulling your vertebrae away from each other and letting the muscles and bones relax to where they would normally reside is something I would highly recommend to anyone. I would have one but it's not to that point yet... plus I ain't got the room.
Another good one I like is laying on the floor in front of the couch with my calves and feet resting on the couch seat cushion. This stretches the back a bit... and the floor helps my back align properly.. while the weight of my legs is on the couch. Turn on some music or tv and do that for 15-20 minutes a day.
My normal regimen is a 45-60 min walk every morning and evening with 5 min of stretching before and after each, plus 35-40 crunches after the morning walk and 20-25 pushups after the evening walk. But this past winter was so crappy, my routine was trashed, which may have left me a bit more vulnerable to what's going on right now. Hopefully I'll be ok in the next week or two and can ease back into my program. In the meantime, I'm watching CL for a good deal on a basic treadmill so another rough winter won't throw me.
I hear you on the exercise. My way of thinking is that the verts get out of place and then the muscles move into place and lock it in that position. Inverting allows the it to stretch out and hopefully go back to where it should be. The walking and treadmill is good... but for me.. if I have a pinched nerve due to a vert being out of place... those things don't help. Actually they worsen it. I had to ditch a stair master... every time i used it I had horrible lower back issues and sciatic pain.
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