spine injury

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spine injury

Postby mkim680 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:49 pm

Hi everyone,

This is my first post in this forum and I wanted to ask some questions and help. Currently, I have a spinal injury to my lower spine which was previously surgically repaired. The surgery cured one aspect but created a whole different problem. My spinal disc in the lowest vertebrae is degenerated with a tear causing sciatica issues still. I have tried all sorts of modalities such as physical therapy, chiropractic and acupuncutre with little success. I have tried some styles of qigong but they have not helped much (i've been doing this for a long time). I recently took up tai chi but the yang style creates too much pain with the low stances and shifting. I also do bagua and hsing yi (i just bear the pain doing these two styles). My spine is really sensitive. I was wondering if others on here might have some suggestions or ways to help.

thanks,
Mark
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Re: spine injury

Postby joeblast » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:25 pm

I have half, 2/3rds of an L5S1. Big things for me are making sure my hamstrings are stretched well, there is also these exercises I do often:
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/722975/to ... equipment/

and of course the xing shen zhuang spinal qigong I learned. Lots of longitudinal and transverse openings of the spinal joints in that form, starting with crane neck and turtle neck. It is very complete, I'm not sure if anyone's authorized to teach it in the usa though.

Ligaments are notoriously slow healing structures, so it is important to try and stay within the 70% range of motion/exertion and not overdo it, there have been many times I've done things a little too much or too forcefully and it winds up setting you back. Low level, gently, every single day, a few times a day is the best way to maintain.
Even in mildly complex systems, any outcome is the wrong thing to target, with the process being where the focus should be.
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Re: spine injury

Postby Dvivid » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:57 pm

I strongly believe that the spine movements of Taiji Ball Qigong can resolve most strength and flexibility issues. of course, issues based on degeneration of the spine require more careful intervention.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaP5c1jb ... _A&index=5
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Re: spine injury

Postby Dvivid » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:06 am

I should also mention, Dr. yang has said he feels this qigong is one of the most effective he has ever encountered.
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