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This shows you what Scoliosis looks like and a normal spine
A painful reminder
Everybody hates having a pain in their back—lower, middle, on top, and all over your backside. It’s excruciating and drains your energy. Sure, aspirin could help kick it to the curb to elevate the agony for a few hours. Poor posture, improper footwear, and a bad bed are a few reasons why we experience the backache, time and time again. For me, it was a different and personal story.
When I was twelve years old, I was diagnosed with having Scoliosis, which is the curvature of the spine that was shaped like the letter S. From there, I had back surgery, a metal rod inserted to fix it, staples to close it, and wore a back brace for most of my humiliating two years in junior high. Fast forward to last year, after twenty-five years, I experienced a terrible backache last spring and saw my family doctor about it. My neck ached it from well. I had a X-ray, a MRI and a Cat-Scan to see what caused the pain. After they ruled everything out, including a kidney stone, they discovered that the bottom of the rod had wear-and-tear. From there, I was referred to a neurologist, since I had concerns about having Scoliosis again.
With a new Scoliosis X-ray, he determined that since I rated the back pain a 5 back then, I didn’t need surgery. But besides a problem with balance, gait, and posture, he suggested a cortisone shot or doing physical therapy. Of course, those options were expensive at best, when your health insurance paid for it. Instead of spending money and hours in rehab, there’s some other suggestions to help you save cash and feel better fast.
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Taking a daily walk will help for back pain by exercising everyday in comfortable sneakers
Reebox tennis shoes offers flexible support for jogging, walking or running outside or at an indoor track at a gym
Walk right and straight with new footwear
If you stand on your feet for a long period of time in shoes, and if you feet cramp up and hurt, it’s time to change your footwear to comfortable ones. That’s what I did. I walked in my Keds for volunteering and to do chores and errands. Tennis or walking sneakers from Reebox or any other company can help you feet feel better any time of the day. It sure helped me out in the long run, since I ditched the old ones last May and wore my new pairs of sneakers.
During the summer, you can still feel the same cushioning in flip-flops and sandals. For winter, pretty much in boots and galoshes as well. If you’re the type to wear shoes, try to find them with cushioning inside the soles and preferably a flat or a low heel-typed of shoe. Within time, you can feel a difference in your posture and also on your feet.
A good sleep will do wonders for your back with a new mattress and memory foam pillows
Contour pillows support your head when you sleep or take a nap without straining your neck
Sleep well with a good night’s sleep with a memory foam mattress and pillows
How long have it been, since you brought a new pillow or mattress for your bed? Maybe it’s time to ditch them and replace them, without getting a new frame? Whether you sleep with one or two pillows under your head, if they’re flat and lost its fluff, consider buying a new pillow with memory foam or one with cervical support. You can find one that’s perfect for you, if you sleep on your side, back, stomach or both at any store.
If you enjoyed sleeping on a soft bed, try consider getting one that’s stiff to support your back. It would take time to get used to it. If you can’t afford a Tempur-Pedic or Sleep Numbers bed, consider getting one with memory foam instead. It would save you money in the long run.
Here’s some tricks I’d learned from physical therapy last year that you can do at home. If you sleep on your back, insert your pillow under your knees. If you sleep on your side, place the pillow between your knees. If you sleep on your stomach, place your pillow under the lower part of your legs. You can use any small towel for cervical support and place them around your waist.
Try these ideas and see what happens? Are you walking straight with good posture? Sleeping well without pain? If so, you’re on the right track. We’ll move onto sitting next week, and the pros and cons of therapy.
A Memory foam bed help lower back pain with the right mattress and pillows
My Health Update from 2015
Here's my health update. When I went to my neurologist in February, he gave me a clean bill of health. My back pain had decreased bit by bit. I've slept on my new bed for a year-and-a-half, around the same time I've gotten new sneakers for walking and for when I volunteered. It worked like a charm. If you wear new sneakers and get a new mattress or bed set with a stiff board and memory foam pillows and mattress, your sleep will improve. If you stay fit and active by walking, you won't have any repeat episodes of back pain. Overall, since I had back pain for 1.5 years, I've had two physical therapy sessions, one aquatic physical therapy session, and post-therapy sessions at the gym to work out at the pool and at the machines, five times a week, have worked wonders for my back pain. And it can work for you, too!