Lower Back Pain

6 yoga poses to relieve lower back pain

May 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

    In a recent post I talked about how yoga cured my lower back pain. Well, here are some of the poses that helped me get rid of one of the most common complaints in the USA.   Cat and Cow Pose :  Starting in an all-fours position, move into cat pose by slowly pressing your spine up, arching your back. Hold for a few seconds, take the time to feel the stretch and then move to cow by scooping your spine in, pressing your shoulder blades back and lifting your head. Moving back and forth from cat to cow helps move your spine onto a neutral position, relaxing the muscles and easing tension. Repeat 10 times, flowing smoothly from cat into cow, and cow back into cat. Repeat the sequence as needed. Downward-facing Dog:  Start on your hands and knees, with your hands slightly in front of your shoulders. Pressing back, raise your knees away from the floor and lift your tailbone up toward the ceiling. I recommend adding a hamstring stretch by gently pushing your heels toward the floor, bending one leg at a time and taking the time to feel the stretch in the other leg. Hold the position for 5 to 10 breaths, and repeat the pose five to seven times.    Child’s pose: Start on all fours with your arms stretched out straight in front of […]

How I cured my lower back pain

May 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

  I am a runner.   I’ve been running for more than 10 years. Even went through training and running a whole marathon. Nowadays I still enjoy running although I can’t run as far as I’d like since my son can’t handle being strapped in the stroller for more than 40 minutes. I still run a few times a week.  But it wasn’t always that way. 4 years ago I got injured.  Plantar fasciitis.  I was running, hiking, climbing too much.  I got prescribed fancy schmancy orthotics.  Cost: 400$.  6 months later, after a great day relaxing at a spa with my sister, I can’t get up from the restaurant’s chair.  My back is fused.  It no longer wants to move in any direction. What is going on? To this day, I still don’t know how it happened or why.  But let me tell you what happened next and how I finally found a cure for my lower back pain. I spent the next 2 years looking for a reason, an explantation as to why this was happening to me.  I stopped doing all the activities I liked.  I saw all kinds of therapists, from shrinks to massages therapists to physical therapists. I consulted with the best doctors from Stanford and got steroids shots in my lower back.  All to no avail. After 2 years of pain where I couldn’t run a mile or even […]