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Re: Guess everyone is recovering

Must be the season....

DH back is out now...


--- Andrea Hodges <andrea.hodges@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> Thanks Marge. And believe me, I've got the exercises
> down pat. I've been
> dealing with this off and on for over 10 years. Just
> never had it so bad
> before. I've been gently doing my exercises since
> Sunday and am feeling
> better but still moving very slow. I can hopefully
> go back to work
> Thursday or Friday.
> I quit going to the chiropractor with this, as it
> seemed to aggravate it
> more than help it. This is my fault for not doing my
> exercises
> regularly, which I am supposed to do every day for
> the rest of my life.
> Easy to say huh? Guess I'd better get used to it if
> I want to be able to
> move.
> A
> Marge Talt <mtalt@hort.net> wrote:
> What a bummer, Andrea - been there; done that. I go
> to my beloved
> chiropractor every 2 weeks; he keeps me from
> becoming a pretzel,
> which I would if I did not go. Been going for 23
> years now. Before
> I started going to him, I was flat on my back in
> agony for weeks with
> boring regularity.
> There are exercises you can do once you recover -
> but you really need
> a chiropractor to develop the right ones for your
> particular problem
> and you have to start off easy - just a few at a
> time and work up to
> whatever amount is recommended. Often back pulls are
> the result of
> poor stomach muscles - the back takes all the brunt
> of whatever you
> do if your stomach muscles are weak.
> You need to be very careful how you move; I am now
> super conscious of
> what I'm doing; did not used to be - I once pulled
> my back majorly
> just lifting a cat off the floor. Lifting, in
> particular, is tricky
> - you have to learn to use your legs, not your back.
> Being tired or
> stressed out can make the slightest off movement
> turn into major back
> trauma. Tension will twist you up in no time.....and
> given that
> you've just moved...that's major stress time, I
> expect you're
> particularly vulnerable to back problems if you're
> subject to them. 
> My back quack and I agree that if I could just play
> in the garden all
> the time instead of living the 'fun' life I do, I
> probably wouldn't
> have to go get treatments very often...
> Moist heat helps. Use a heating pad with a damp
> washcloth on it
> (washcloth next to skin, of course); lie on your
> stomach with a
> pillow under your hips - 2 rolled up pillows at your
> face help keep
> you breathing and keep your head straight down:-)
> Use the moist heat
> for no more than 20 minutes at a stretch. If you can
> manage to do
> this every hour - which is a royal pain - it really,
> really helps
> things heal faster. 
> Wishing you a very speedy recovery.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
> Shadyside Garden Designs
> > Pam, I usually recognize those 'twinges' too, but
> this truly
> blindsided
> > me. I really don't know what in the world did it,
> except maybe a
> variety
> > of things. The Dr said this was from twisting, not
> bending. So, who
> > knows? Still VERY sore today, and the worst thing
> is to sit, so I
> spend
> > a lot of time walking around my tiny house
> thinking how dirty it
> is.
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