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Trying something new....

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:38 pm
by krd
Hey back sufferers. Well, I am trying a new stretching technique. I got this from the internet, and I started it yesterday. Maybe I am just lucky, but I notice a significant change in the tightness and pain today. I will try this for a while and let you know how it works for me. I know that I have more mobility and can even walk better today. Still have some tightness and pain, but far less than yesterday. I hope this isn't a placebo effect. This shows you how to determine your muscle imbalances and work on specific stretches to strengthen the right muscles. It all makes sense, and like Dean, they talk about strengthing the muscles to illimate any future problems. I am pumped right now, but we will see what tomorrow brings. Be posting.

Ken

Oh well

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:28 am
by krd
Well, I am continuing with this muscle imbalance thing, and I am not as sure as I was the first day. There is no doubt how good the stretches feel when I am done. It just seems like the pain and tightness returns shortly after. I am still walking cockeyed. Can't even try to stand up straight. This sucks...... I konw it will pass, I am just hoping that it will be sooner than later. Inversion seems like the best relief from the pain and tightness when I am doing it. I will keep you all informed. Be posting.

Ken

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:03 pm
by randolph
Hello Ken

Thanks for the posts ... always good to experiment with something that sounds reasonable ... never know what good might happen!

Have you investigated IDD (intervertebral disc decompression) therapy? Google IDD therapy and 100's of commercial sites pop up ... all those infomercials make the therapy look very good, of course. I've been looking on pubmed.gov, but still haven't found any clinical evidence of its effectiveness (the treatment first used about 10 years ago). Lack of evidence is not necessarily evidence of lack, but it makes you wonder where all the infomercial ad writers are getting their 86% effectiveness results. It's always "86%"!!

My GP suggested I consider IDD therapy if my back "flares up" again (his words). My state medicaid insurance will pay for it. But it does require daily doc visits for 4 - 6 weeks. I'm going to start working next week and hopefully my back won't crash again ... but if it does, I will definitely try the IDD therapy.

Randolph

PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:43 am
by Dean
Hi Ken,

I've been hoping you'd update us on what this new info you came across was all about. Did you learn anything worth passing on? You mentioned some new stretches you were trying out. Are you still doing them? What sort of results are you seeing?

You peaked my interest and I can't help wondering.

Dean

Update

PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 12:06 pm
by krd
Hey Dean

Well here it is. The one program was too intense for this time with my sciatica. They talk about muscle imbalances... like you. They have you assess your weakneeses and then work on the problem areas. My problems were too many since the sciatica has me leaning to the left right now. I am standing better this week.

However, there was this other site that interested me. I contacted them by email telling them that my finances were a little tight right now because of being out of work. I asked if they would allow me to try their program for free, since I tried a competitors which didn't work, and that if it worked for me I would send them a testimony, and later when the money came in, send it too.

Believe it or not they allowed me access to their site to download the manual and even some bonus books. Like you Dean, some people are not just out there for the almighty buck. I have been doing their exercises daily for the last 5 days, and the pain relief has been great. The exercises are very easy to do and very relaxing. They have these 3 power moves which are a little difficult, but I am finding that I am able to do these better each passing day. Overall, I would recommend this program, but I am still waiting to see the overall results. This guy is a physical therapist that had a bad back and worked through it with other therapist. Hey anybody that would allow me free access to there product, must really believe in it!!!!

So for now.. life is getting better. Pain level during the day is probably around a 2... sleeping is difficult sometimes, but sitting doesn't bother me at all. Also, I am able to walk a litlle farther, but the pain and muscle spasm still continue. Be posting.

Ken

PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 8:12 am
by Dean
Thanks for the update.

If you don't mind, email me the web address of the physical therapist whose program you're trying out. (I don't think it would be a good idea to post it here lest he be innundated with requests for a free trial.) I would be very interested in contacting him and learning more about his methods and perhaps adding his website to my resources page.

Also, if you can, include the name or web address of the material that didn't work for you. Sometimes knowing what doesn't work can be just as valuable as keeping abreast of what does.

And especially let us know how this program works out for you.

Thanks in advance,
Dean

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