I first threw my back out after a very long day as a nursing student working in the hospital. I walked bent to the left for a week and it was such a weird feeling not being able to walk straight. I also experienced another first in the form of a chiropractor. Boy, that cracking & popping felt good! And I could walk straight again! Now I could finally get on with my life....right?...
The back pain & subsequent crookedness came back full force after I had my son & continued until I had my daughter...and continued...and continued. Then I broke down and had 2 surgeries. For my full back's back story you can read here. In that old post you can see how frustrated I was and how I was hoping a NEW chiropractor would be the solution.
Up until about 6 months ago I was still dealing with back pain and chiropractors. The cycle seemed to be never ending. Then I met a wonderful Myopractor! I'd only gone to chiropractors, but after a recent flare up my Aunt convinced me to try her Myopractor. HUGE difference let me tell ya'!
Chiropractors believe if you fix the bones, the muscles will follow. Myopractors believe you must first fix the muscles to maintain alignment of the bones. Myopractors also believe in something called Somatics. Somatics was started by a man named Joseph Hanna. He believed there was a way to be more in touch with our bodies and therefore be able to control muscle movement on a deeper level. A lot of his exercises are like Yoga, but instead of just stretching a muscle, you train your brain to really focus and contract it first, then stretch it, effectively allowing the muscle to completely relax.
I had never heard of this concept before, of Somatics & Myopractors. But they were both randomly introduced to me at the same time and my back benefited greatly from it. From the help of Martha at Essential Somatics & Robin at Thank your Body, and my local Myopractor, I began to understand why I experience back and leg pain and how to work towards a pain free life. The body is really so much more complex than you realize! And muscle dysfunction can cause a lot of problems, including bulging discs like in my case. I am now on the road to recovery and am so happy that I am improving! I know with 10 years of chronic pain under my belt, it will take some time, but I am getting stronger everyday!
If you are interested in trying this method for back, neck, sciatica or any type of pain, first check out this AWESOME article about helping reduce your pain NOW! The article recommends similar exercises used in somatics, so it's definitely worth checking out! I use A LOT of these stretching & massaging techniques and they really do help!
Good luck! I know how frustrating it is to be in pain. I know those days when you just feel like you can't take it any longer. But it can get better! My best advice would be to accept what is and try to move forward. You may never be perfect but I believe you can get improve ANY situation!
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