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Re: Guess everyone is recovering

Pain does make a great motivator to exercise.  I also fall in that boat!


Andrea Hodges 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
>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
>Shadyside Garden Designs
>>Pam, I usually recognize those 'twinges' too, but this truly
>>me. I really don't know what in the world did it, except maybe a
>>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
>>a lot of time walking around my tiny house thinking how dirty it
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