hi all! living outside portland, oregon and grinding through most of my adult life with back issues. i work as a respiratory therapist with lots of patient care responsibilities so my personal well being is vital to my job. exercise and fitness is also very important to me as i lost about 80 pounds post high school and have had to work diligently to keep it off ever since. i have a bs in exercise science and at one time was a personal trainer. hobbies include home-brewing, thus the handle i use.
this year, i abandoned weight lifting and running, and dove head first into yoga. i'm here looking for any long term success stories that fellow back pain sufferers have regarding daily yoga. i can personally attest to it relieving a lot of my symptoms but am still a relative noob to its practice. i'm no longer interested in being mr. olympia and instead just want some semblance of a normal life and i think yoga might be the ticket. a quick search of the forums didn't reveal much in the way of yoga advice/stories. share 'em if you got 'em or hit me with some good links to threads in the forums!
vital stats: 6'4", 230lbs, 33 y/o. back stats; stress fracture to l3 when i was 19 doing deadlifts, bulge at t12 from squats at 30, hernia at l5 while running and stepping in a hole august last year. you see the theme? trauma type injuries all related to exercising. it should also be noted that i was likely over training at each of these times and should have spent more time allowing myself to recover from the previous workout on the days i got hurt. the t12 and l3 are virtually pain free at this time but it's that fresh l5 injury that's giving me a hell of a time. tips and tricks specific to it are most appreciated.****************************************************************************************************** welcome to spine-health
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i just did a quick search using yoga
as the key word. thee are about 10 pages of hits (10 per page). the majority are formal medical articles and blog entries.
there are also about a dozen or more member threads talking about yoga.
or you can take a quick path to the articles: yoga-pilates-tai-chi wellness center
--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 09/28/15 12:22 00:00 est