You’ve probably read all the books about what to expect when during and after pregnancy. You knew in advance the changes your body would go through – the morning sickness, and the labor process. It’s likely you were even made aware of the potential for lower back pain during this 9-month journey. But no one warned you about the pelvic girdle pain you’re having.
What can you do for pelvic girdle pain? Is it safe to treat during pregnancy or soon afterward? When will it go away?
Let’s address these questions, starting with some good news: there are things you can do to help.
Has your low back been bothering you in recent weeks, months, even years? Do you have pain in your legs when you stand or walk? Maybe you’ve found yourself leaning forward to rest your arms on the grocery cart at the market. How about long outings where you know you’ll be stuck on your feet – been avoiding them? These are all signs that you may be experiencing Spinal Stenosis.
Let’s talk about what Spinal Stenosis is, what the outcomes look like, and five exercises you can start doing now to get moving in the right direction…
You’ve heard that core strengthening may be an option to help alleviate and even prevent low back pain – so what, you wonder, are the right core exercises for you? You’ve heard sit-ups can damage your back, crunches are old news, the newest ab machines advertised on QVC are just gimmicks, and now you’re just confused…
Let’s demystify the concept of core strengthening once and for all. Let’s talk about why core strengthening is important, how certain core muscles help give you support, and cover some key exercises that can begin to progress you in the right direction toward strengthening your core the right way…
If strengthening your core is of any importance to you, there’s no doubt you’ve attempted a plank once or twice. I try to incorporate some form of a plank at least once per week – it has become a staple in my exercise toolbox. The beauty of the plank is that it works multiple abdominal muscles while putting very little stress on the lumbar spine. It’s also easy to do – you don’t need any equipment and it gives you that burn in your abs that hurts so good. It’s simple and effective.
There’s more to the plank, though, than meets the eye. It’s more than just holding a straight position for as long as you can.
Although you’re likely already reaping the benefits from your efforts, there are a few tweaks you can make to maximize your benefits.
Here’s some suggestions to make sure – from head to toe – you’re getting the most out of your planks.
Pain grips its claws into either side of your spine, relentless to never let go. Wringing your vertebrae like a soaked towel – its drippings electricity searching for ground. Persisting for months on end, the meds become like vitamins – inherently meant for good, but their immediate effects unfulfilling. The dilemma: take the conservative route or opt for surgery? Desperate for relief, you weigh your options.
Surgery of the Lumbar Spine is a controversial topic. Despite the controversy, however, these surgeries are being performed more and more often in recent years. It’s likely you know at least one person who’s had one. You might also know someone who’s chosen conservative treatment instead. So, which is better?