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making progress

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:26 pm
by redshoes
It has been almost a month since I found RYB and this forum. I have been doing the basic exercises every day and find things are starting to get better each day. the pain has moved from my leg to my back and sometimes it is almost gone. I still find I need more rest than in the past but guess that is ok. Next week I have an appointment with a doctor (sports medicine) so will see what he recommends. Initially I was sent to him for decompression therapy. does anyone have experience with this (good or bad??)? It sounds a litlle scary to me as it is done with a machine. I'm wondering if the cobra exercise doesn't accomplish the same thing but in a gentler form since I control how much I stretch each time. Has anyone tried acupuncture? Also I am noticing I have more pain now in my neck and shoulders and am wondering if this is normal or if I need some other specialized exercises to deal with this.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:23 pm
by Steven
Hi redshoes,

There have been several discussions here about the decompression machines. A couple of people found them helpful, but the majority were disappointed. Use the forum search function and look for decompression, DRX-9000, IDD, or VAX-D as a few examples of words to search for.

I think the machines are fine and do decompress the spine, but they're very expensive. I believe the decompression exercises in Dean's book are more than sufficient to get the job done. And they won't cost you an arm and a leg.

I'm not sure why you would be having shoulder and neck problems. Is it possible you didn't warm-up good one time before starting the back exercises? This could cause you to strain something in your neck or upper back.

I find that it's always good to do some general warm-up exercises before doing the back program. If I don't I feel it in my other joints.


PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:21 pm
by redshoes
Hi Steven-

Thanks for the advice. I have figured out what causes the neck and shoulder pain--sitting. the best cure seems to be to do more standing backbends. It is amazing how simple that is. In any case I don't spend too much time at the computer since it does require sitting and it can be a real time drain. there is so much neat stuff to do there.

I will be seeing the doctor for the first time this Friday. It is amazing how much better I feel now than when I made this appointment 5 or 6 weeks ago. I am back to dancing tho I occassionaly have twinges in my left ankle especially when I do moves that require a lot of use of leg, knee and ankle all at the same time. My dance teacher says it may take up to 18 months for the sciatic nerve to heal. So I am staying away from very much waltz right now, but looking forward to doing rythmn dances ( cha-cha, rumba and swing)--and maybe smooth if my body is ready at the regional competition in San Jose in June.

I really appreciate all the great info on this forum.