Sometimes the things we do day in and day out take a toll on our bodies. Even yoga instructors can get injuries from overstretching or from trying to pose on some out-of-the-ordinary location for that perfect Instagram shot. (haha. I am guilty of this.) So, I was checking out the website for the physical therapy center I go to, and I wanted to share this link with you regarding work-related injuries. It has helpful tips and advice for prevention and maintenance of our most commonly injured joints and muscles at work. I hope you find this helpful, and have a great day!
Image & Content Source: Oahu Spine and Rehab.
SUNDAYS at 4:15pm I will be teaching Yoga Basics at Mindful Matters Wellness Center in Kailua. This hour long class will focus on the introductory postures (asanas) of yoga in a beginner vinyasa style, breath work, postural alignment, and relaxation techniques. This is an all levels class catering to all shapes and sizes. If you have any questions before attending your first class, please feel free to contact me here.
*First time student discount is $10 for your first class.
So here is a small diagram of some exercises that you can do for your low back pain. These are actually some of the exercises that they are having me do in my Physical Therapy/ Rehabilitation clinic. We do other things with weight balls and balance balls, but for the most part it is pretty similar to these. The pelvic tilt is actually the most easy exercise, but also the one where I feel a smidge of discomfort. I have decent range of motion, but backbends just hurt. That's all there is to it. So if you want some exercises to help build up strength and flexibility in the low back, feel free to try these out. My PT's are having me do each exercise for 3 reps of 10.
Today I get xrays after my Physical therapy, so whenever I find out the results I will share them with you. Until next time!
This week I became a patient at a local Spine & Rehab facility for my lower back pain. As some of you might know, I injured my lower playing soccer in high school. I did not see a specialist or really get it treated, but the pain was really intense for a couple months. It would even keep me up at night sometimes because it was so intense. It felt like my leg and right hip flexor were on fire basically. Finally, nerves started dying off from the injury, and I have not had feeling in my right outer quadricep since I was 17. My leg doesn't bother me, but the sacrum and lower vertebrae have been painful ever since. It has never been debilitating, but the pain is 24 hrs a day and gets worse with backbends, running, carrying heavy weight, sitting in one position for more than an hour, and after drinking alcohol it hurts more. For the past 10 years, I have learned what helps it and what makes it worse. YOGA has helped with my flexibility and some strength in my hips and low back, but has not helped decrease the pain. And if I'm not careful, sometimes too much yoga can even aggravate it.
When I stumbled upon a flyer for this rehabilitation place I had to give it a shot. So far, I have been there 2 times for rehabilitation and I am already noticing slight differences. At that facility they have a physician, chiropractor, massage therapists, and physical therapists all under the same roof. It's really wonderful! They decided to start me off with a physical therapy regiment 4 times a week for 4 weeks. Then I will be re-evaluated and have xray results and all that good stuff to further assess my treatment plan. My visits consist of electric muscle stimulation, trigger point muscle release therapy, heat treatment, cardio, and 30 mins of low-back specific exercises, and today they even applied Kinesio Tape.
I will report back in a couple weeks and let you know how my progress and treatment are going. My only goal for this experience is to feel less pain, so I hope that it works. Please cross your fingers for me! I am excited and hopeful that it works out ok!
Much love. Namaste. -Lorel