I am self-employed and have taken on a 3 week contract where I need to do some (not heavy) lifting as part of the work (which I would normally not need to do).
Yesterday was the first day and yup, I f***ed up my back, yet again. By the end of the day it had fully seized up and I was having real trouble walking, sitting and standing.
Today is a public holiday here, thank goodness, so I'm doing all the "emergency relief measures" that I know, so that I can go back to work tomorrow.
So far, what has helped:
- The most gentle exercises from this Hans Kraus back exercise video, that someone on Spine Health recommended to me:
- Using this "Bed of Nails" accupressure cushion, which is quite painful, but effective - also recommended to me here, by a fellow Spiney: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acupressure-Mat-Yoga-Mad-Acupressure-Bed-of-Nails-Navy-/200884896224?pt=UK_Yoga_Aerobic_Equipment&hash=item2ec5ac41e0
- Gentle stretching
- Muscle relaxation technique (Jacobson Technique)
- Using a spiky massage ball for accupressure on hands and feet
Do you have any other suggestions/ tips for what to do when the deep muscles in your back seize up?
Yesterday an acquaintance told me she puts on her inline skates when that happens to her - cos then her body is forced to "balance" properly and for her, that makes her back stop seizing...??
Thanks for your advice!!
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