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Re: Herniated disk

Postby river700 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:57 am

Had herniated disk in '89-age 39. After cancer surgery in 2004, I started Tai Chi to help recover. After about 3-4 years of daily Tai Chi & Qui Gong(20 min. plus hour class weekly), 20 yrs back pain and 15 yrs shoulder pain mostly disappeared. Took some time. Takes commitment, but worked for me. I abuse the back and pain is gone next day; not in bed for days as previously. Rick
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Re: Herniated disk

Postby Jerry Doe » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:42 pm

I think i might have a go at thai chi also. Thats a good idea. We have had our spa operational for 2 weeks now. Its really helping. Last weekend i rode my 750 about 60 miles in the mountains. Jumped in the hot tub when i got back, with jets on full blast at my back for 15 mins. It really helps. This hot tub is the answer.

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Re: Herniated disk

Postby nickguzzi » Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:45 am

An African doctor recommended having the shower jet play on the most affected area - sort of thing you can do in a hotel\motel\euro-campsite if stricken on a trip.
Worked much better than meds, which barely work at all. The hot tub idea would seem to be a 1st world variation.

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Re: Herniated disk

Postby DonOR » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:08 am

river700 wrote:Had herniated disk in '89-age 39. After cancer surgery in 2004, I started Tai Chi to help recover. After about 3-4 years of daily Tai Chi & Qui Gong(20 min. plus hour class weekly), 20 yrs back pain and 15 yrs shoulder pain mostly disappeared. Took some time. Takes commitment, but worked for me. I abuse the back and pain is gone next day; not in bed for days as previously. Rick


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Jerry, I have had lower back issues for years; nothing as serious as yours but lotsa pain and stiffness. Then, about 5 years ago I started dealing osteoarthritis in my shoulder. The prescriptions and medical weed helped, but really fogged up my mornings. not long after that I came down with an acute case of shingles, and the subsequent neuropathy. talk about pain, drugs and fog. shit!

Then I started going to Qui Gong classes on saturday mornings. the results I have had are like nothing I could have imagined. Mobility like I have not had for 20 years and the pain is less than 50%. I now practice 2-3 times a week on my own, with a dvd. But I miss the classes, they were full of lovely women!
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Re: Herniated disk

Postby kommando » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:20 am

I have had sciatica for 30 odd years from a herniated disc pressing on a nerve, symptoms go from pins and needles in thigh to a frozen foot all in the right leg, can't feel the throttle pedal then.

What has worked for me are as follows,

1. alternate hot and cold applied to back for 15 to 20 mins each repeated for an hour or so.

2. In car a brace for the seat to support back including lumbar area.

3. Regular exercises to increase stomach and core muscle strength.

4. In the car for long journeys I have a coolbox filled with frozen flexible gel packs which I put one behind me on my back and change to a new one every 2 hours.

The exercise has been the biggest help, you feel the benefit after 2 to 3 weeks of starting, the stronger muscles take the weight off the spine so it lasts longer before the symptoms return.
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Re: Herniated disk

Postby Jerry Doe » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:55 am

I love the idea of frozen gel packs in an icebox for long journeys in the car. I am just about to drive all over California to 150 data centers. I am doing that for sure.

You are going to love this: lots of curves on the commando. When I ride the mountains twisties its the best way to exercise my lower back. Hot tub is helping me too of course.

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