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Slow Stretching Really Helped My Pain
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iliveinpain - September 11

I've been taking arthritis strength tylenol around the clock, and my other meds. xanax, naproxin, etc., applying heat and I haven't had any lasting relief for weeks from this constant nagging lower back ache that goes down into my butt, sides and thighs.

Today when I got up, I was so depressed thinking, ok, so, I guess I'm going to have to go and see yet another specialist about this, maybe an orthopedist or something. Anyway, I just went with my natural instincts as to the stretching which helps to loosen up our short tight muscles. I sat at the edge of my bed and for about 20 minutes I just did VERY slow stretches. Basically listened to my body. I think that instead of getting a video and doing what other people tell us to do, we have to learn to listen to our bodies and do what works for us individually.

I stretched really deeply and held the stretches for 30 seconds or so, and it hurt like hell. But when I got up I felt...better. Felt like I'd had a massage, and didn't need the tylenol. Our doctors are always pushing aerobic exercise, but when we get to the point we can barely walk.....how do we exercise????? Stretching is also a form of exercise and I just can't believe the difference it made in my day. Especially since it's raining out ...blah.....and we all know how much that compounds our problems.

As I was stretching I felt the pain radiating down the other parts of my body, so I knew I was on the right track. Anyway, I just wanted to share this. If it helps even one other person, I'll be happy!

 

mm30 - September 12

thanks iliveinpain.
i must try it. i know that definately i find relief from light yoga stretches.
and i try to walk every day. i must add it definately helps me feel better mind wise.
this time of year is so colourful and i realise the beauty in the world during my 30 mins with my lovely little dog beside me for company.

i hope you continue to feel good.
M

 

bernieg - September 20

I'm definitly going to try that. I was walking every day for about 45 minutes but now I'm having a flair up and don't feel like doing anything, aspecially walking or exercise. After reading your posts I can see that even if you are very sore it is good to have a gentle walk or exercise.
Bernie G

 

lucky13 - September 20

Yoga is my exercise of choice, it's not as hard on the body as aerobics plus we can go and move at our own pace and listen to our bodies.
Plus the relaztion techniques are good before bed.

 

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