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post #19 of 22

I had very similar issues about 5 years ago. I'm a long time yoga guy and figured i could beat this condition with yoga asanas. The one pose which offered some relief, and probably lots of additional benefits, was the Half Moon Pose. Basically lifting one leg horizontally out to the side of your body.  But eventually the situation worsened and i went to a MD who took a MRI scan. This showed that the big nerve was being irritated and pinched by the vertebra. Since the hole in the bone through which the nerve passes will never get bigger, and may indeed get smaller causing more bad things, i asked the Neurologist doctor his advice. He said to me that i could wait and see what happens and maybe the pain will subside. But he also said that if i were to fall off and ladder, or in a car accident, or suffer some other such trauma the nerve could be pinched and severed. Severed? Yes, and welcome to the wheel chair.  Oops, did not want that. So under controlled surgical expertise the bone hole was widened and now no more pain. I had a double laminectomy on two vertebrae. Now after 5 years never any problem. I still do all my yoga poses which includes some that are pretty tough for an old guy like me. Try the wheel, handstand, boat and half boat or full seated forward bend and see what i mean. And of course if the sciatica pain for you is bad,  talk to an Orthopedic or Neurology MD and learn if your nerve is being pinched. 

post #20 of 22

Hi all,

 

I have suffered back pain for some years now, sometimes major sometimes minor. The inversion table is great, best used 20 minutes a day every day and there is no need to flip upside down just a few degrees off horizontal will  do.

 

The best thing I did was to extend all my irons to a length of 28 inches. What a difference this has made to my back, I now play upright so not to put any stain on my back. I have had to play around with my swing but now use a long slow swing that places no stress on my body. I can now play  a whole round without needing to quit out early and its improved my handicap, or should I say the lack of pain has improved my handicap.

 

I will try and post a short video of my swing as soon as I can find time.

post #21 of 22
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I am plagued with this pain in the @ss! Literally! I have an extensive daily stretching routine, multiple treadmill workouts and do core strengthening home workouts(no gym membership) but I cannot get over this. I'm 31 and within a healthy weight range. Do any of you fight this same thing? If so, have you found anything that helps? I've seen a few different physicians and they refer to PT. PT's say it can usually be resolved with regular therapy treatments but their treatments are little more than stretching. It's not getting better. It's been going on for 4 - 5 years, maybe more. Anyone going through this too???

 

I've had lower back issues since the 1970's that were caused by a sports injury. This led to bouts of sciatica and nerve pain. I started going to a chiropractor in the 1980's, with some relief. But then in the 1990's every morning I began doing an hour of stretching and back exercises that are designed to strengthen my core muscles and make minor adjustments to the vertebrae in my lower back. These exercises have worked miracles for me. I have not had any bouts of sciatica for 20+ years, and when I do have some lower back strain, it only lasts for a few days.

post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by joekelly View Post
 

I had very similar issues about 5 years ago. I'm a long time yoga guy and figured i could beat this condition with yoga asanas. The one pose which offered some relief, and probably lots of additional benefits, was the Half Moon Pose. Basically lifting one leg horizontally out to the side of your body.  

 

I had a major issue about 2 years ago now with this, and was to the point of considering surgical options.  I found this very stretch/exercise completely at random, and it made an almost immediate improvement.

 

As a side note, I did buy an inversion table, and while I found that in general it made my back feel good, it did not help with the pinched nerve.  I also found that a lot of the stretches I was doing early on to help, were actually making it worse..  DO NOT try to stretch your lower back, it only puts additional pressure on the nerve.  Instead focus on stretching your hamstrings.

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