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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...
Traveling with a sore back is challenging. Between the heavy luggage and the strange beds, a person can develop more pain than the trip is worth. Since living with low back problems for many years, I have discovered the hardships of travel. Not wanting to give up the benefits of visiting beautiful places, I look for back-friendly environments and activities that help me avoid debilitating pain that can spoil a trip. Traveling allows me to do the things I enjoy. And, I am always in less pain when I am doing something I enjoy. I want to share with you the benefits of travel and help you avoid the sore-back pitfalls. You too can experience the pain melting away when you are doing something fun or taking in a breath-taking vista. But first, a successful trip requires a back-friendly destination and back-friendly fun. Without planning for your body's needs, the trip can become a bummer when you end-up spending most of the time in bed looking out the window. No fun! With a few travel ...
My Garden, and Oh My Aching Back
My gardening hobby was taken away from me at the age of 29. SCHREEEECH! Wait a minute, I don't think so. Getting my hands dirty, watching my plants thrive, and smelling my roses; I cannot give this up. No way! When my back says no , I find another way. I have learned to adapt my gardening habits to suit my physical abilities because giving up a pleasurable activity is not an ideal option. Being smarter than my problem is the best option. Here are some ways that I have continued to enjoy my garden.
1. Staging Projects
I used to prune all 25 of my roses in one day. Those days are gone, baby, gone. Now, I stage such big projects over the course of multiple days. On the first day, I might prune five rose bushes; the second day maybe three bushes and so on. By spreading the task out over time, I allow my back to recover. I do not let my back get too overwhelmed. This concept can apply to any chore. Everything gets done eventually. Pacin...
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