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May 16, 2015 9:19 AM

Does anyone find relief through light yoga (or other light stretching)? My doctor has cleared me to do yoga and stretching so long as I go slow and "take it easy". So far I HAVE noticed slight temporary relief about an hour after I've stretched, that lasts for a couple hours or so (not pain free, but less pain)... and no rebound pain (I don't notice that I am in greater pain after my less pain time, just "normal" pain returning).

My BIGGEST issue is convincing myself to actually do it. It's hard to make myself move around when moving hurts so much!

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else does yoga and if so are there any positions, movements that help more than others. With my back pain I find alternating between Cat/Cow, as well as other back stretches hell. Also standing bent over just letting my upper half dangle toward the floor helps too - not trying to touch the floor or anything, just literally letting myself hang out.

May 16, 2015 11:44 AM

I am not interest in yoga and I don't think I could do it with my medical problems. But I am going to offer you a suggestion that helps me. It is biofeedback. I am sure you have all done it. It works for me. It will make my body go numb and light as a feather even though I am the extreme opposite of light. Lol. Here is how I do it

I start off with a thought of the most peaceful place I would like to be. Then I add features to it that would make it extra special to me. Like mine is the ocean. I change the lights to the sunrise and I have my camera and I am taking gradual pictures of the red sky with beaming rays. But it all started with a red dot at first. I see sea shells I see a man, woman, and child barefoot in the sandy water as their dog walks along on the sand. The child is carrying his bucket and comes up to the sand and starts to make a sand castle. I want to help him.. So I start to. I do that for about twenty minutes. Then I hold my wife's hand and take a walk with her telling her how much I love her as we go along. I love to make her happy. So I try to find som real beautiful shells. That is my picture. I keep it. Don't add any more or it will ruin your concentration.. Oh before that, I start taking slow consistent deep breathes. Feel your chest rise and exhale.

Then command your brain to warm your toes and feet. If you keep that picture and do deep breathes, you will feel your feet warm up. It is really cool to find out you have some control over your brain. Then command your brain to warm up from your feet to your knees. These should take about five minutes each unless something is in pain, it might take ten. Always keep the picture in front of you in your mind. Keep going up. Until you get to your head. When you get there, the rest of your body should feel nearly numb. It is at that state. I just lay there and enjoy the lack of pain. I just lay and think about how I am going to handle the next wave of pain. Can I do something better. Then if you have trouble sleeping, imagine your head getting warm.

So that is what I do when I can't handle the pain much longer. It sort of feels like self hypnosis but it isn't. It is just communicating and taking control of your brain. I think many of you will find it enjoyable this way. I hope it can be helpful to someone. I am sorry if I wasted your alls time with this post if you already heard about this. I hope all of you feel as best as you can.

May 16, 2015 11:54 AM

I do yoga it is modified to my needs and yes it helps. I also love pilates because it can also be modified. If you don't make yourself move you will hurt more. I have used biofeedback for many years. My message would be try everything several times to see what helps you the most. Meditation is the hardest for me. I have to constantly refocus. Mommy syndrome I start thinking about stupid crap like a grocery list. Keep exploring. Our brains are very powerful.

May 16, 2015 5:34 PM

I enjoy yoga. It has really helped with certain pain such as tight knots in My back that wouldn't go away even with massage, muscle relaxers, etc. I found a set of yoga poses for shoulder and neck problems and with lots of stretching work has gone away. Overall body stretching helps my body relax and heal.
I have my mat set up and my goal isn't a certain amount of time each day. My goal is to do SOMETHING on that mat each day. Once I get started I normally keep going but some days just going to the mat is what I need just to keep the habit.

May 16, 2015 7:24 PM

I don't like yoga, but it helps a lot so I need to start going again.
I was going to hot yoga twice a week for a few years and doing my own stretching and light cardio the other days, but had to quit 2 years ago to take care of my boyfriend after his surgery. I can trace back my substantial increase in pain and overall decline in health to quitting yoga. The few times I have gone since then I do better for a day. Now that we are done with the 2 knee replacements and the hip replacement and he can do things around the house in his own I can go back to yoga and try to get some of my health back.
I recommend trying it.
I recommend doing an instructor led class to start so that you can get the modifications you need. A one on one with an instructor would be even better but I'm sure it costs a lot.
And don't forget to listen to your body and take breaks when you need to.

May 20, 2015 1:47 PM

I have been going to yoga classes every week for about 6months now. I can't live without it. It is definitely helping me- along with acupuncture every fortnight. But I have to take it easy on myself and listen to my body.

May 20, 2015 6:18 PM

I've never done yoga or pilates but I came across some videos for chair/armchair versions of both (geared for the elderly...but that's ok, my body feels that way! Lol). I'm going to give it a try since I can't do the floor version of any exercise. I figure anything is better than nothing. 🙏🌼

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