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Offline Fermenter Zym

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Healing Musculoskeletal Problems
« on: November 19, 2011, 09:14:55 am »
Hi all,
A few years back before I even started developing noticeable symptoms of the chronic disease I now have, I hurt myself doing Kundalini yoga. It seemed like I developed sciatica and hamstring pain in my left leg and although I did therapy for a summer about a year ago, it never healed and I simply did not have the time to complete the therapy.

Now I have hamstring pain, a pain in my big toe (due to the sciatic nerve I presume), and because of the injury I overcompensate with one leg and  therefore my posture is a bit off. I lean to one side more than the other and I feel like one side of my body is a bit disconnected.

I need to find a way to rebalance my body and heal my Musuloskeltal problems, and I need to do it without spending too much. I have insurance and might have to see a therapist, but for now I'm thinking I should do more kinesthetic stretching and CrossFit. I have a friend who is a Craniosacral, Reiki, and Massage Therapist and she could tell immediately my body is a bit lopsided due to the injury. I'm hoping I can visit her soon and get some more help.

Does anyone have any recommendations as to therapy I can do at home as well as what path you recommend I take to heal?

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Re: Healing Musculoskeletal Problems
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 03:57:17 pm »
I would see a physiotherapist, because no one here has the knowledge that they have of injury rehabilitation. A long-term injury is something that requires very careful management if it is to heal properly.

From my experience, exercise (increasing blood flow, but not to the point of pain) and stretching is usually what these injuries respond best to.

I used to train Muay Thai and I am quite sure that I injured my IT band kicking and being kicked in the thigh, and it never properly healed, especially when I didn't exercise at all. I had `snapping hip syndrome' where it feels like the side of my leg is tight, and then it suddenly pops. I believe that this came about when I began favouring the other leg and didn't quite extend the injured one as much when walking, and the IT band became tight.

I do jogging now and spend a LOT of time stretching all my muscles, and it is rare now for me to have the snapping hip thing. But when I stop exercising and stretching, I seem to get it more. Maybe if I stretched every day, it would heal better. I do now make a point of walking in a very balanced way and with good posture, and if it feels tight, I stretch it, and this seems to work very well.
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Re: Healing Musculoskeletal Problems
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 11:57:10 pm »
I would try some yoga postures like cow-face, and also some acupressure.  Find the postures that stretch the muscles that are overly tight.  Find the acupuressure points that are sore, and massage them daily.

Esther Gokhale's work is also excellent, I recommend her Google Authors video on youtube.

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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2011, 02:35:28 am »
Try the book "The Egoscue Method of Health through Motion" by Pete Egoscue.  It is all about restoring proper structure and posture to the body.
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Re: Healing Musculoskeletal Problems
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2011, 03:49:12 am »
I Used the Gokle Method and bought her book 8 Steps to A PainFree Back. I had pain for years and now I have no pain
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2011, 04:05:01 am »
I have had great results with the Egoscue Method, and I think Gokhale makes sense, too. In other words, I like intelligent postural correction that you can do every day. I paid an Egoscue Method teacher for instruction to help me adapt the postures to my abilities.

At my stage of injury, I am still not able to do yoga to good benefit, even though I had been a yoga practitioner for decades. At first, I found that irritating because many modern yoga teachers tout the discovery of their method as resulting from their own debilitating injury or illness. It's just that the teachers of those methods in my area won't admit me to class (maybe for liability or other reasons).

What has NOT worked for me is the once-a-week doctor or therapist visit, even if their treatment has included exercises that I do at home. I would include physical therapists, chiropractors, and acupuncturists in this once-a-week category.

Also, if my diet gets out of balance for my needs, my pain returns, but goes away when I eat right.

My results so far include walking without limping, almost full range-of-motion in left shoulder, and 50% range in right shoulder. I am pain-free enough to live without pain medication, and I sleep pain-free through the night.
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Re: Healing Musculoskeletal Problems
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2011, 10:19:21 pm »
I had thrown my hip out somehow years ago, and nothing helped. I went to physical therapy and a joint adjuster, but that only gave temporary relief.

Every time I had an auto immune flare up my hip joint would burn with pain.

It wasn't until after the first few months on the raw paleo diet that the pain went away.

Sometimes when the body has these types of issues that don't resolve through natural regenerative healing, it could indicate some kind of imbalance that is preventing the body from properly rejuvenating. In my case I was severely deficient in nutrients, toxic with food intolerance issues, as well as suffering from immune dysfunction that kept me from properly healing.
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Re: Healing Musculoskeletal Problems
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2011, 05:21:32 am »
I got problem with my leg when I did skateboard (27 y.o.) My pain was permanent and I could not use my leg for a YEAR. Every step was a torture. I went to a bunch of therapists, no result at all. Once during the class I got fiver from permanent pain. In sitting position I laid down on the table and felt asleep. In THIRTY minutes I awoke without ANY pain and run after class the first time in that dreadful year. My conclusion is: I locked something in the spine during specific movements on the board. This lock permanently kept leg nerve. When I got fiver (high temperature and blood circulation), my unconsciousness during the sleep (relaxation) and right stretching position (totally occasional!) I released the lock and NEVER gotten it after (I am 48 now). Thus I strongly believe in mechanical nature of your problem and right movement (yourself or chiropractic) should safe you from yr suffering.   Good luck.

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Re: Healing Musculoskeletal Problems
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2011, 01:25:46 pm »
Hi Fermenter. I've always felt that Kundalini yoga can be dangerous. The competence and awareness of teacher for kundalini is pivotal.

In a completely different direction (if you are right handed) the left leg limp is symbolic of a reluctance in your subconscious/unconscious parts. If it is dragging behind, that would be symbolism for those parts dragging behind. Unbalanced left and right sides is an imbalance between the inner self and the conscious will................... at least that is what I have noticed generally. Don't know if this is relevant to you, but thought I'd throw it out just in case it made a spark.

I hope you feel better!

 

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