Starting a little less than a year ago, I would walk my father’s miniature Schnauzer, Austin, as well as my terrier mix, Noel. Each dog weighed about 20 pounds, walked rapidly while following their nose, and did not have strong obedience training (which means that they pulled while on the leash). While they loved the walks, I ended up paying the ultimate price last spring with lower back pain.
So I was very interested in a Houston Chronicle column by Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz entitled, “Back Hurt? Check Your Attitude.” The good doctors noted that people who are older than 30 years of age tend to have had or will have lower back pain due to improper posture while driving and working on computers. However, they suggest that your attitude can affect the status of your back. “What you think will happen next – healthy recovery or chronic pain – dramatically affects what will happen. The more optimistic and can-do your mind-s...
Christina Kish, flying on the pole
Can you imagine finding a way to revel in your body, to enjoy and celebrate it, even though you live with chronic pain?
“So often we can feel that our body is the enemy. This is a different way of looking at bodies — what can your body do, what feels juicy and rich and rewarding? And that’s such a relieving break from the everyday experience of being constrained by one’s body.” Finding burlesque has allowed Maddie Ruud, who lives with chronic pain, to celebrate and enjoy physicality. For Christina Kish, who also has chronic pain, pole dancing was the answer. “It gets you out of your head, it builds your adrenaline and endorphines so you’re happy. And it’s really hard to think about pain when you’re in a challenging, empowering place,” she says.
This Friday, September 11, they will participate in a panel discussion about the comeback at the Women in Pain Conference in Lo...
Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
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