You wouldn’t know this by looking at me but I have had low back pain most of my life. Most of the time it didn’t bother me too much. Just when I did too much or stood around a lot. My family went on long car trips which was too much sitting and we visited lots of museums which was too much standing and those floors are hard!
Some days were better than others. Some days I was ok and others I could hardly get out of bed and I would have to do stretches under the covers just to get my feet on the floor. There was the constantly fiddle-ling with my hips, pushing them around twisting, shifting, anything to get relief. When I did too much it hurt more, and when I did too little it hurt more. But I never really took it too seriously. I’m an active person and figured it was par for the course. Until the winter of 2015. I believe when we got a snow storm every Monday and I took that time to sit and do my accounting for the business. Boy was that a bad idea!
I hardly ever sit. And sitting that long repeatedly resulted in one day not being able to put my arm behind my back and feeling some serious numbness and tingling down my arm into my forefinger. I went to the doctor, got an MRI saw some things going on to look out for in the future but it wasn’t until I saw the good people at Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury until I started to understand what was gong on.
First, I was loosing the cervical curve in my neck so my neck was flattening out; not good. And second, I found out I was born with a lumbosacral fusion and an additional fusion on the transverse process to the sacrum. This was kind of a big deal and so many things started to make sense. Now I understood why the left side of my back hurt more than the right. Why I was constantly manipulating my left hip and why the left leg dominated when I was a young gymnast.
I also adjusted my yoga and pilates practice a lot. I started to scale back on stretching my hamstrings too much which was beginning to de-stabilize my pelvis and work at strengthen my glutes and stretching my quads and hip flexors. And in addition to starting chiropractic care which helped a lot. I coupled that with massage and using The MELT Method and the Yoga Ropes Wall before before an adjustment.
I’m fortunate that I understand the body and know how to navigate around pain and spinal issues. In the end my best advice is to tell you it’s a process. And be consider the following:
-Get an x-ray first and have someone knowledgeable explain it to you.. Manipulating the spine without knowing what is going on underneath the hood is not the best use of our time or money.
-Find yoga pilates and fitness professionals who truly understand the body. If they have worked through injuries themselves then even better.
-Get chiropractic care and be pro-active around your appointments. Stretch before hand or get a massage. Even still learn The MELT Method. These small practices can really advance your care as they tell the muscles that have been pulling on your bones to stop what they have been doing and relax so your adjustment can really take hold and get your spine back in alignment.
-Reduce your stress. Take walks out in nature and remember this is a process. Breathe In and Breathe Out. And finally…
-Never Give Up!
Now I can honestly say I am in less pain than I have been in in my whole life. Sure there are moments that are not so good but they are far and few between. Plus, when I start going down that slippery slope I know what to do. Stretch, strengthen, MELT, massage and make an appointment with the chiropractor and do my practice!
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