Topic: Back Outta Whack...
Just trying to access the wisdom of the Chordie hive mind on this one...
Of course, there are all sorts of back problems, and I remember reading posts from other Chordians with much worse problems, but does anyone have a similar problem to me? I have what you may possibly call a trick back. I can bend down & pick up a feather and if I'm unlucky, my back will just "go out" - followed by very painful spasms. I've had this since I was a teenager (ie - a long time). I have been told that there is a lack of mobility in the upper (convex) part of the spine, which puts a lot of pressure on the lower back, leading to pain and instability. There definitely seems to be some sort of instability there, anyway, which leads to the spasms - which are the body's way of protecting the spine.
Anyway, I have found some relief from this problem by working on my core strength, with pushups and also a yoga move called "The Plank". I also use something called a "foam roller" - basically a cylinder of hard foam that I lie on & roll up & down on my spine to help mobilise it. And it feels great! In spite of this, I recently had a really bad spasm - for no obvious reason, so am unable to exercise at the moment.
I am seeing a Pilates teacher next week & hoping that this may help, but any suggestions would be great! Am going back to the Docs as well - are there any drugs that are particularly good for back spasms?
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