My Neck, My Back, My....
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These past 10 months I have experienced the worst neck & back pain, which have contributed to overall pain as well. Many neck & back issues have to do with the way we sit, stand, our posture but an injury to these areas can affect you for life In early 2018, a MRI done to check my Endo & Adeno also found a herniated disc at L5-S. I had been pushing through severe pain with Endo & Adeno, but with the back added on, I couldn’t do it anymore. I didn’t just quit my jobs but I had to put my life on hold as well. After literally dragging myself around for days due to bilateral sciatic pain, I saw a spine specialist & was advised to walk as much as possible. Stupidest advice ever I thought!! And of course, I wasn’t given anything for pain management because I “looked good.” Unfortunately I think many of us have mastered the art of looking good when you feel like shit! Anyways I was forced to walk because of Tyson & I do believe that it did, along with therapies, help over time I see a Chiropractor at Vancouver Back Institute 3x/week for Decompression & Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Acupuncture & LLLT at Acubalance Wellness Centre 2-3x a week Weekly RMT visits Epsom salt baths 2-3x a week using DrTeals & Saje Wellness bath salts. I HIGHLY recommend these baths, so simple but so helpful Last but not least, I go to Treloar for Physiotherapy which includes IMS, electrical stimulation, TENS, rolling out with a ball, & most importantly, stretches/exercises The Happy Pelvis has put together an amazing list of stretches & exercises that are also part of my routine
Going to add in Clinical Pilates to the list as my disc is aggravated again What exercises or stretches do you find help your neck/back/hips?
Roop Bassra, RN
BSc Psychology, BSc Nursing