Hi guys 🤓
I have a new mat that I use for stretching and I leave it out all the time. I see this mat so I never forget about what I should be doing daily. To be fair, the stretches offered to me by the PT team have never really been that helpful for my dreadful lower back pain. However, my body feels better all round when it's more flexible and opened up. One thing I wanted to pass on: when I was still, flat on my black on the floor for a few mins, it really helped me feel more centred and much 'stronger' when I got back up. As if I was being adjusted.
It's very simple but I would suggest trying it if you have severe pain in your lower back. Yes, I have up to 120mg of OXY a day but this simple act is making a difference. Who knows, in 8 weeks I may be able to reduce.
You can't will or wish horrible pain away but what you think does play a part. Before you guess what I'm on about....hear me out! I know on my worst days, my anxiety and fear about the 'future' makes the experience much much worse. A hot water bottle is your friend when your pain meds don't cut it. And then, play some chill out music, let some fresh air in and work on relaxing.
I find each little thing I learn, all builds up to take 'the hell' out of my pain. Not the 'edge'....that's not possible with the pain I have. But taking 'the hell' out of it, leaves room...for hope.