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onset of any painful back spasm, it is a proven fact that
the most powerfully effective action you can take is to:
down and let your back rest! Over 50% of back spasm will
heal itself--with total rest, which means UNTIL THE PAIN
Unfortunately, this is the most often ignored medical
advice, which contributes to the millions spent on back
surgery and unemployment due to chronic back problems.
Just think--each day you rest may save you a month in
recovery--or on medical bills!
This is the time to let your friends, family, coworkers,
and neighbors learn the joy of helping others--Let them
protect your back from further injury, you must avoid
lung infections and constipation, as any straining could
result in disc injury. For an
effective cold and flu remedy, see link for Dr. Elliott's
Cold and Flu Kit on this site.
well-fitted back brace can give you much needed support
during acute flare-ups, as well as protecting your back
during heavy lifting. I recommend braces without metal
inserts, just firm but stretchy support.
The next warning I always give to patients experiencing
severe back trouble is
of the Reptilian Brain! The
Reptilian Brain is that ancient, deep-seated brain that
has never quite caught up to the 20th --or 21st--Century.
This brain is still back in the jungle and when you
cannot run it decides (in its jungle survival logic) that
if a lion doesn't eat you, the army ants will. Remember,
this ancient brain does not recognize that you have pizza
delivery service, cabs, doctors, or a RescueRoller™
coming in the mail.
If you begin to feel you are depressed out of proportion
to your situation, do not decide that you are going nuts.
It's just your Reptilian Brain talking to itself. So--
some great mystery novels, or otherwise keep your mind
here for a web site with descriptions of every type of
with your physician to see if you can safely use a sauna
and cold plunge routine, or just use long hot showers
followed (gently, slowly) by as cold a shower as you can
take. This can be amazingly
effective for alleviating pain, and I counsel patients to
incorporate this practice into their daily lives for pain
In my thirty years of dealing with severe back problems
with myself and others, I have come to accept that there
is one benefit of having to be flat on your back for a
period of time:
6. This is
a time for you to spend with your Self -- Go for it -- It
could be a turning point in your life!
Everything you learn now about how to care for yourself
will contribute to your health and freedom for the rest
of your life.
7. In my
lifetime search for back pain relief, I earned
certification as a massage therapist and naturopath. I
investigated using chiropractic adjustments, exercises
and yoga-all without real success. The most effective
process I found was The FELDENKRAIS®
This gentle, effective approach provides the most
immediate pain relief, and the only real steps to
changing your patterns at the deepest level of your
nervous system-so the changes become automatic and
Where other modalities demand invasive treatment or
unending exercises, the FELDENKRAIS®
Method helps you reprogram your body to:
relief from back pain
healthy movement patterns
stress and stiffness
The best part is that this modality is based on infant
developmental movement, so it is easy and fun to do!
To find a FELDENKRAIS®
Practitioner near you, see the International
Directory of the FELDENKRAIS GUILD®.
closing, remember that you have every right to expect
competent, caring, and ethical treatment from your
medical and complimentary professionals.
I also highly recommend making a list of your
questions, having a friend or family member accompany you
to doctor's appointments to help take notes, and fully
researching your diagnoses and options for treatment.
This is YOUR back!
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