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Self Treatment Questions / Vibration Machine
« Last post by cathyh on May 14, 2016, 05:27:42 PM »
Hi Steve,

Can you tell me the link to information about vibration therapy. I'm doing pool work and yoga consistently but am interested in the vibration that you mentioned in your recent facebook post.
Self Treatment Questions / Re: Start problems
« Last post by Steve Lockhart on April 24, 2016, 09:51:05 PM »
Hi Ann, leave out the wall sits if they aggravate. The best exercise for you would be the water workout as I said previously as gravity is your enemy at the moment. Keep persevering slowly anyway and just do everything else without the wall sits if that is your only option.

Self Treatment Questions / Re: Start problems
« Last post by parkhousea123 on April 23, 2016, 09:18:47 AM »
Now completed week 3. Lower back pain improved, but the problem is rotational Scoliosis.  The excersises (wall sits) are agravating greatly the concave side and making pain not only worse in the buttock, but now going down into the quads.  The other hip and leg are weak, so I need some additional sort of exercies to make things more in balance.  I have gone in for myafascial release to see if this helps.
Low Back Pain / Re: Don't fi into programmes from guide.
« Last post by Steve Lockhart on April 16, 2016, 07:29:49 AM »
H Ann, do the more general exercises initially. The SLM Yoga, the arm swinging, the contract your shoulder blades and the balls along the erector spinae muscles and pressure points in the hips/ glutes when laying on your back on the floor..
Try them all and stick with the ones you feel help.
You don't have to do everything every day just spread them out to a manageable level.
Get massage on the legs and do kicking in the water even if it is sitting on the side of the pool with flippers on and not actually submersing yourself.
For the splayed legs do one leg at a time if it is too hard to do both together. Have one leg bent with the foot under the knee of the other leg which is straight. Then switch.

Basically just work through some of them each day, slowly, and you should see small ongoing gains. Not following a specific program because you have so many pains going on is ok.

Good luck,
Low Back Pain / Don't fi into programmes from guide.
« Last post by parkhousea123 on April 16, 2016, 01:11:59 AM »
Only some of my issues fit into the categories in the self guide.   So please advise on what to follow.   Through the SLM programme I have identified big problems with left shoulder and not being able to keep it stretched when dropping the right shoulder.   Also the left hip joint when soles of feet togther dropping the knees downwards to floor, problem in tightness to the left hip joint.  OK - I thought I could follow the programme "pain on one side" (and thought I could work on these areas separately?) - but the added diffcicculty is rotated right hip, giving pain upper right buttock and since SLM going into right guadricep - I am told by NHS that my hips are level but asymmetrical.   It's possible that the left femur is out of alignment with the hip as there is weakness there and can experience pain over the hip joint where the bones meet, strain in the quadricep when going up stairs and general weakness, also some pain from behind in the glut area at the back of hip joint.  So can't work out how to approach exercise programme.   You said to work on the legs - what does this mean?    Does it mean do extra wall sits and ballet squats as well as SLM Yoga - time apart, think muscles not strong enough to stand that AND SLM yoga.   How does one slow the programme down anyway? e.g. could I do arm swings every day, but SLM yoga every 2nd or 3rd day and not lose gains.  Certainly compression along erectae muscles is helping.   I almost feel I need a physcial training course before starting SLM in order to get into better shape.   Should I work separately on  exercies extending left arm (as in the video) and also the drop down either side,knees until the stretch feeling is evened out.     What's going to help rotational right hip, short of getting on a plane to Australia?    There have been benefits, shoulders defintely improved, less lower back pain.  Thank you, Ann
Self Treatment Questions / Re: Start problems
« Last post by Steve Lockhart on April 07, 2016, 02:20:52 AM »
Hi Ann, when you work on the tight areas you will irritate them slightly as you are starting to move stuck areas. This is ok and treating with heat is a good thing. Keep moving these areas for them to slowly improve but just don't overdo it and keep the exercises general rather than specific to any focused areas except when it is the hips or spine..

Good luck,
Self Treatment Questions / Start problems
« Last post by parkhousea123 on April 07, 2016, 01:55:53 AM »
Day 1 - only did 3 mins arm swings, static pelvis, followed by errector contractions as indicated x 3 times a day.

later pain between shoulder blades (know I have upper back probblems.)
Relieved with heat.

Day 2. between shoulder blades much better, but on waking stiff down left back rib area to waist as well as usual right hip pain/stiffness.

Later did the arm swing, followed by erector contractions x 3 times during day.

Day3. On waking very stiff on the RIGHT rib side (back) and a lot of stiffness and pain in right hip muscles (outer buttock) like could hardly move for a time.  Tried walking, then heat.     After a time rib stiffness disappeared, buttock area improved, but still more painful than it usually is (have this every day.) 

SO HOW TO PROCEED?  Do I do more arm swings?   I'm in UK - the nearest myotherapist is 1 1/2 drive away.   I'm on my own and am wondering whether the driving would only exacerbate things more.    Ann

Testimonials / Sciatica
« Last post by peter kiddell on January 06, 2016, 02:56:52 PM »
Hi, I'd just like to say thanks again to Steve, and the team that works with him.
My pain has gone, thanks to the exercises you showed me and the bakballs.
I am now able to identify the areas of tension in my back and leg  muscles which lead to the imbalances that perpetuate the pain, and do something about it.
It has left me feeling tired and weak, but I know that in time that will pass-I must be patient and not overdo it with work and exercise!
I have not taken any painkillers for over a week now.
Its fantastic!  I thought I was a goner.
Site Announcements and Information / New Back Pain site
« Last post by Steve Lockhart on October 31, 2015, 07:58:50 PM »
My new site has been up for a while now, what do you think of it?

Let me know when you have a chance.

Thanks Steve
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