My back needs to be aligned...

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    Sep 14, 2010 1:24 AM GMT
    Any idea if yoga or some technique will fix my back and posture over time?
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    Sep 14, 2010 4:39 AM GMT
    In my experience the only thing that works is a reputable chiropractor and physical therapy and proper exercise....but first you have to find out what is really going on from a professional.

    I used to have horrid upperback pain, but after a couple months of treatment, the pain that had plagued me for years was gone and has not returned.
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    Sep 14, 2010 5:22 AM GMT
    moscowmikey saidIn my experience the only thing that works is a reputable chiropractor and physical therapy and proper exercise....but first you have to find out what is really going on from a professional.

    I used to have horrid upperback pain, but after a couple months of treatment, the pain that had plagued me for years was gone and has not returned.


    Moscow is correct, you first need to be diagnosed by a chiropractor, more than likely he will take X-rays to see your spin alignment...I had used to have lower and upper back pain which was really impeding my long runs, it was discovered that I had a pinched disc as well as my spine was out of alignment....it took about a year of back decompression and 3X a week with the chiropractor to get me back in alignment.

    The back decompression machine brought memories of those medieval torture movies,icon_eek.gif but it literally works...your are strapped to a table with one harness that is bolted to the table and then also to your waist, a tension cable then is hooked which is controlled by a computer, it is then programmed to increase in pounds, until you reach half of your body weight. The computer then increase and decrease the 'tension' pull, this is done for a period of about 30-40 minutes and several sessions. Also, they do not initially place half of your body weight, you literally can not take that stretch pain, it takes several visits as they increase the pounds until they reach half of your body weight. At the same, time in my instance you are giving oxygen, supposedly it helps with blood increase into the spine...all I know is that it worked. Now I just once a month for an adjustment. I recommend it that everyone should go to the chiropractor, especially with the amount of weightlifting, running, etc. that once in doing to the body.
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    Sep 14, 2010 6:01 AM GMT
    Hey man. So, coming from a chiropractor, I would say that your question is actually really complicated.

    If you're looking for someone to correct your posture, you might be looking at a combination of working with a good chiropractor, physical therapist, and/or a personal trainer. Most problems with posture come from muscle imbalance, and it takes a team of people to train your body and develop a new muscle memory for better posture.

    Yoga is great for body awareness, breath control, and flexibility (to a certain extent), but it doesn't necessarily provide the tools to correct back pain or postural distortion. Some yoga poses can actually be really harmful to the back, but if you have back problems and go to a good studio (and not the 40-person power yoga class at the local gym), the yoga instructor should be knowledgeable enough to keep you from doing anything to hurt yourself.

    It kind of depends on what your insurance covers (if you have it) and what you can afford. If you have no insurance, at least try stretching regularly (2 minutes every hour or 5 minutes every two hours) to prevent muscles from tightening up. There are tons of websites with stretching info.

    Hope that helps. Good luck!
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    Sep 14, 2010 6:16 AM GMT
    Check out "The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion" by Pete Egoscue. This guys has a good clue about the spine.
    Maybe look for a phys. therapist that's a Certified Mulligan Practitioner. The dudes here in PDX who are proponents of this method of therapy helped me a ton. I did see a chiropractor prior to getting directed to the PT by my physician. The chiro was OK (now a good friend) and on the right track but I really needed the expertise the PTs had. Good luck.
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    Sep 14, 2010 11:14 PM GMT
    Let me elaborate...I broke my back about 8 years ago and although its completely healed and fine...coupled with the slight curvature of my spine, I often have not pain per se but tension. I stretch but only a good massuse helps.
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    Sep 14, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    Screw yoga, what you need is a good fucking, long and hard. That will fix your back and straighten out your spine.
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    Sep 15, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    fastfreddie saidScrew yoga, what you need is a good fucking, long and hard. That will fix your back and straighten out your spine.


    That could also work? Why you offering? ;)
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    Sep 15, 2010 4:10 PM GMT
    Get an inversion table.

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    Sep 15, 2010 4:11 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidGet an inversion table.

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    Kinky!
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    Sep 15, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    agri_sci said
    paulflexes saidGet an inversion table.

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    Kinky!
    Uh huh... icon_wink.gif

    I'm actually going to get one today. I've had sciatica for the past three weeks, tried chiropractors and doctors, and nothing has helped. Now it's time for self-healing techniques so I can get back to work. This sucks.
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    Sep 15, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    I could re-allign your back.
    Huzzah!

    (Sexual joke. Sorry. lol)
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    Sep 16, 2010 12:48 AM GMT
    ShinyToyTrev saidI could re-allign your back.
    Huzzah!

    (Sexual joke. Sorry. lol)


    Not at all icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 16, 2010 1:12 AM GMT
    I agree, a chiro is a good place to start.
    Pilates also helped me tremendously.
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    Sep 16, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    Well, got my inversion table...suddenly my neck and shoulder pains are gone.
    And my sciatica is starting to heal up better now. Yay! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 16, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    fastfreddie saidScrew yoga, what you need is a good fucking, long and hard. That will fix your back and straighten out your spine.



    Fix mine too icon_razz.gif