I came to this practice in August 2018, after experiencing nerve pain in L5/S1. A year prior I’d herniated that disk and thought I’d improved enough. But swimming only 10 laps in July caused the pain to flare up, lower back and calf pain. In August 2017 I had some nerve pain in lower back, pain in my left calf resulting from herniation, balance issues due to numb left foot. I’d stopped doing any type of exercise except walking. I was fearful to bend forward fully. Now, in late November my balance is much better. We have been working to strengthen my left side and left foot and it has been successful. We worked on strengthening my inner core, which is something I’d never done before. This has helped strengthen my back greatly. I have learned how to tilt/scoop/stretch to alleviate any back discomfort. New activities – I can now do most of a yoga class with no pain. I can carefully carry heavy things, having learned better body mechanics. My posture is improving due to targeted exercises. My balance on my left side is much better, as we’ve worked together to tweak exercises specific to my needs. I can now swim laps, lift small weights, do yoga and look forward to continuing to increase my physical activity.
Denise Glennon with Christine Hayes