Sunday, July 8, 2012

Speaking of tomorrow...

... I didn't realize the week wasn't over yet.

Let's delve a little more into this low back pain (LBP) I've been feeling recently. Probably no interest to you if you've not felt the like, but I'd like to have a record for when I feel it again. It happens several times a year, and it might be helpful for me to remember what did and didn't work.

One thing I mentioned yesterday is that it hurts with transitions: sitting to standing, running to walking, and that sort of thing. The sensation is a bit like a muscle spasm with a side order of stabbing knife. I don't actually collapse from it, though I might've if I hadn't found something handy to grab.

Today, what I discovered when I was coming up to an intersection and needed to stop was this: If I focus my concentration on relaxing the muscles that go into spasm, the pain goes from almost dumping me on the ground to a mild stabbing knife feeling. Though I've never been stabbed by a knife, I did step on a piece of glass once, and the pain in my back is remarkably similar. Without the relaxing, the pain is worse. With relaxing, it's significantly better.

Like with most things, relaxing is a key to doing it right. Important lesson I keep needing to relearn...

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