Indications, Risks and Follow-up Care for Laminectomy Surgery

Most back problems are treated conservatively with the use of physical therapy followed by medication when necessary. In certain situations where these methods fail to offer relief, laminectomy surgery is used to relieve pressure on nerves and the spinal cord. Also referred to as decompression surgery, a laminectomy is the removal of the lamina or back part of the vertebra. This increases the size of the spinal canal by reducing constriction of the cord. Indications Back pain that becomes dramatically (read more...)

A Few Simple Ways to Relieve Muscle Pain

If you have ever experienced muscle pain of any type, you know how debilitating that pain can be. If the muscle pain is in your back it is even more difficult to deal with. You use your back for everything and lifting or even walking can become extremely painful when you are experiencing muscle pain. Therefore, muscle pain relief is an essential component to living a healthy lifestyle. There are a variety of ways to achieve relief from discomfort that is caused by temporary muscle pain. Muscle (read more...)

Some Ways and Techniques to Relieve Neck Pain

Neck pain is a very common problem, as eight of ten Americans will complain of neck or back pain at some point in their lives. The causes of neck pain vary from muscle strain stemming from overuse to degenerative neurological conditions. For the most part, general neck pain is not a sign of a serious problem and will go away on its own. Several types of home care can help sufferers get neck pain relief. Stretching exercises. Moving the neck from side to side and holding it in position for around (read more...)

A Few Tips on Choosing a Mattress with Back Pain in mind

There are numerous mattress options on the market. When a person suffers from back pain, it may be due to the bed that is slept on each night. Uncovering the best mattress to alleviate back pain will be extremely beneficial. When a person is in pain, it becomes difficult to sleep. When a person loses sleep, it will affect the entire day ahead. Here is a look at how to choose the best mattress to suit individual back pain problems. How Firm Should A Mattress Be? Many people believe that the best (read more...)

Hamstring Stretches

One of the biggest hurdles that individuals with degenerative disc disease and/or herniated discs encounter is the ability to stretch their hamstrings and calves without spinal flexion.  It is usually not recommended that spinal flexion of any extent be done by those with these specific lumbar issues. However there are alternative ways to get the leg stretching without forward folding.  Here are two: 1.) Prone hamstring stretch:  Lie on the ground with the left leg bent at the knee, foot (read more...)

Three Poses with a Yoga Strap

Yoga straps or ties are terrific tools for practitioners who want to either deepen a stretch in their legs or soften the strain of stretching on their back.  By using a strap, you can grab for your feet without compromising the upper or lower back, neck, or shoulders.  For individuals with herniated discs, a yoga strap can bring back a relationship with stretching hamstrings that may have been halted due to contraindicated forward folding.  If you do not have a yoga strap at home, any long, strong, (read more...)

The West Wing’s Michael Hastings on Fibromyalgia Part III

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Michael Hastings, a former West Wing actor. Michael suffers from fibromyalgia, and was kind enough to share some of his experiences and stories with us. This is third part of a three-part series. Q: What can you tell us about your FM DVD? A: Much of the material for my first film will be from my website (www.captainhastings.com) and it will be basic practical things that will help fibro folk in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. Supplements (read more...)

The West Wing’s Michael Hastings on Fibromyalgia Part II

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Michael Hastings, a former West Wing actor. Michael suffers from fibromyalgia, and was kind enough to share some of his experiences and stories with us. This is second part of a three-part series. Q: How did you get into acting? How have you dealt with fibromyalgia while on set? A: I was a school teacher for approximately 10 years and had to go on early retirement at age 35 because of FM. I actually had taken a pharmaceutical drug which accelerated (read more...)

The West Wing’s Michael Hastings on Fibromyalgia Part I

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Michael Hastings, a former West Wing actor. Michael suffers from fibromyalgia, and was kind enough to share some of his experiences and stories with us. This is the first part of a three-part series. Q: Fibromyalgia isn’t as common in men. Can you talk about your experience with being diagnosed? A: I was first diagnosed with fibro back in the mid-90s by a Naturopathic Doctor. I had been to 20 medical doctors and they had no idea what was going (read more...)

Beginner Poses Supported by Yoga Blocks

In this second part of my series on restorative yoga poses you will find three uses for a single yoga block.  Yoga blocks are great tools for support and softness in poses. They also to allow you to gain access to poses that were otherwise unattainable due to your body architecture.  They are invaluable props to have for any level of yoga practitioner.  Here are three poses that utilize yoga blocks: 1.)   Supported Hipstand:  Hipstand is an inversion; a pose where a part of your body (read more...)