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by Peter B
Sun Nov 02, 2008 4:15 pm
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: Latest fitness test a success
Replies: 2
Views: 2718

Hi Xyamir, Well, my weekly routine goes something like this: Every day, I do the basic cobra exercises, followed by the hip shrugs and the decompression squats. During the course of the day, I'll usually do a forward bend three or four times to loosen up my hamstrings and I'll also do the squat if I...
by Peter B
Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:35 am
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: Latest fitness test a success
Replies: 2
Views: 2718

Latest fitness test a success

Hello all, Just thought I'd pass along an update on my recovery. I went back to work four weeks ago...full duties as a Police Detective. I had to go in for our annual fitness test yesterday. I'm happy to report that after working hard at the RYB program (supplemented with lots of walking) I equalled...
by Peter B
Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:35 pm
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: Question for Dean re: strengthening exercises
Replies: 6
Views: 3818

I've spoken with several personal trainers and physiotherapists about these exercises, and they all agree that they're an excellent way to condition the upper and lower body with your own body weight. I've been told that one of the best ways to relieve the stress on the lower back muscles is to deve...
by Peter B
Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: Question for Dean re: strengthening exercises
Replies: 6
Views: 3818

Thanks FP. I agree...the push-ups are a nice combo of strength training/stretching. I do them fairly slowly and watch my breathing. I also like the squats...again, if you do them fairly slowly, they really work the core as you have to concentrate to avoid falling forward or backwards. Although they ...
by Peter B
Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: Question for Dean re: strengthening exercises
Replies: 6
Views: 3818

Question for Dean re: strengthening exercises

I have a question regarding the strengthening portion of the RYB program. According to the instructions, these exercises should be done once/day, while the stretching and mobilization exercises can be done as often as possible. I've been working hard in the gym over the past three weeks and have inc...
by Peter B
Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: Foot drop almost gone!
Replies: 2
Views: 3237

I suppose the foot tingling could be interpreted two ways: the nerve is either healing and therefore generating sensations where there was numbness before, or the nerve continues to be irritated, causing the pins and needles. I choose to believe the former is the case, as I have had a significant dr...
by Peter B
Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: Foot drop almost gone!
Replies: 2
Views: 3237

Foot drop almost gone!

One of the scariest aspects of my back injury was the lose of sensation/strength in my right foot. It was like it was paralyzed...I'd will it to move, but it would just sit there. I was told it was the result of injured nerves, and would heal very slowly (I was quoted 1 mm/day). I ended up posting a...
by Peter B
Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:09 am
Forum: Lower Back Pain
Topic: Inversion table, lumbar extender and posture pump
Replies: 7
Views: 4540

I picked up an inversion table last week and I've started to work it into my exercise routine. It's a little early to tell, but I believe it's helping loosen things up a bit. I know I feel very relaxed after I get down from it. I'm taking it slowly and not going for a full upside down hang yet...you...
by Peter B
Sun Aug 10, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: In need of encouragement
Replies: 20
Views: 9097

Hey Tbone, WOW...palms to the floor? That's fantastic. On my best day before I injured my back I'd have a tough time matching that. I wanted to let everyone know about a slight variation in the Cobra that I've been trying out. Without getting into too much detail, what I try to do is isolate each se...
by Peter B
Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:43 pm
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: In need of encouragement
Replies: 20
Views: 9097

During one of my physio sessions I tried acupuncture...contrary to what the PT said, it hurt like hell...especially in my right hip where the sciatic pain was most intense. I declined any further sessions. Of course, everyone will heal at a different pace, but I think it's probably a good idea to ju...
by Peter B
Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: In need of encouragement
Replies: 20
Views: 9097

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to control your breathing during the exercises...it's so easy to fall into the trap of holding your breath, which I believe adds a lot of tension to the body. It's funny, but sometime when I do deep diaphramatic <sp> breathing during the crouching decromp...
by Peter B
Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:52 pm
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: Posting Problems
Replies: 1
Views: 2433

Typically I get an error message every time I either try to post or reply to a post. The message usually shows up on the forum after awhile. However, I did try to post a message about another website on the "Jeers" forum, and it never showed up...not sure why.
by Peter B
Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: In need of encouragement
Replies: 20
Views: 9097

Hey Tbone, The doorframe stretch is a great way to loosen the hamstrings. It's pretty simple. Just find a doorframe that you can lay down in front of. If you want to stretch your right leg, align your right hip with the edge of the frame, allow your left leg to pass through the frame, and bring your...
by Peter B
Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:05 am
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: In need of encouragement
Replies: 20
Views: 9097

Hey Pete, I'm glad my reply got through. For some reason whenever I post to the forum, and error message comes up, but the message usually appears after awhile...not sure why. I look forward to hearing about your positive progress! There's no doubt in my mind that you'll start feeling better. Take t...
by Peter B
Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:15 am
Forum: Sciatica and Leg Pain
Topic: In need of encouragement
Replies: 20
Views: 9097

Hey Pete (from another Pete), I read your post this morning and could tell you're feeling pretty down. I wanted to tell you that things WILL get better if you give it some time. The first thing I had to do before I started recovering was make up my mind that I WOULD get better, and WOULD be able to ...