Gokhale Method for Lower Back Pain

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  • Barbara Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 136 lbs
    • 5' 1"
    • Sunnyvale, CA
    16
    Sep2018
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Rarely
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Somewhat
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Distressing
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Facet Syndrome/Sprain, Scoliosis, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, Muscle Strain, Spinal Stenosis
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Arthrithis, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, High blood pressure, Insomnia

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Epidural, Opioids, Supportive Shoes, Brace, Cortisone Injection,
      Not Improved
      Chiropractor, Medical Marijuana, Gokhale Method, Swimming, Physical Therapy, McKenzie Method, Mattress Change, Inversion Table, Meditation, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Acupuncture, Heat, Rest, Supplements,

    Pain makes any activity difficult. It has been harder to get to the gym lately.


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  • Bineke Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 126 lbs
    • 5' 6"
    • White River Junction, VT 05001
    06
    Sep2018
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, most of the pain is in my leg
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Doctor/Care Giver Johanna Haze
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Number of Surgeries 1
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? A little bit
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? A little bit
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Mild
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Walking distance with leg pain 1 mile
    • Sitting without having to change position 1-2 Hours
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 10 minutes
    • Pain when rising from a seated position A little better
    • Back-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Pain while bending backward No pain
    • Walk with no pain 2-3 Miles
    • Sitting without back pain 1 Hour
    • Standing without back pain 10 minutes
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis
    • Additional conditions Hip-pain

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Meditation, Swimming
      Almost Cured
      Rest, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, John Sarno,
      Improved
      Gokhale Method, Physical Therapy, Walking/Hiking,

    I am retired, but generally very active. Standing longer than a few minutes still brings up severe sciatic pain in my left leg. Walking is somewhat better, but also limited to about 20 minutes. What is new is that sometimes my legs feel awkward when I tried walking, especially in the morning. Later in the day, they don't feel weird but pain in my hip make me limb. None of the treatments have relieved the pain thus far. Before the pain started in May of 2017 I led a most active life with all the physical activity I liked to do, including crosscountry skiing and hiking. I no longer practice the Gokhale method since the anteverted position causes more pain than a tucked position.
    My acupunctionist also suggested this week I stretch my back into a tucked position by squatting and getting into a bow position.
    I recently started learning about the Sarno Method, I received an extensive program to follow, which makes much sense. I wish I had heard about that long before because it is the most holistic viewpoint and approach that I know about. I have high hopes that this will help me get over the chronic pain, in conjunction with the exercises given by my PT. I have followed Dr.Sarno's perception that most of the chronic pain is caused by muscular tension. I also got into a lot of other theories that explain that being in a beta state too much causes the flight or fight response to come up which causes more pain. So I do much more daily meditation and also have started EFT which seem to be helpful to lower the pain. I am more aware of what stresses me which also seems to be helpful. I like the pt exercises and do them every morning and sometimes also in the evening.


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  • Dennis Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    • 175 lbs
    • 5' 8"
    • Melbourne, Victoria
    31
    Aug2018
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Back pain causing leg pain No, I don't feel any leg pain
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Doctor/Care Giver None
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Number of Surgeries None
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Not at all
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Not at all
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? No pain
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Walking distance with leg pain As far as I want
    • Sitting without having to change position As long as I want
    • Standing without experiencing back pain As long as I want
    • Pain when rising from a seated position No change
    • Back-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Pain while bending backward No pain
    • Walk with no pain Any distance
    • Sitting without back pain As long as I like
    • Standing without back pain As long I want
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Never
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Back pain interference with travel Not at all
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis (arthritis)
    • Additional conditions Arthrithis, Knee-pain

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Gokhale Method
      Improved
      Walking/Hiking, Heat,
      Not Improved
      Rest, McKenzie Method, Ice, Alexander Technique, Physical Therapy
      Worsened
      Chiropractor

    Walking vigorously for 30+ minutes, at least three to six times a week, as taught by the Gokhale Method, i.e., Primal Posture walking. Raising heart rate up to 150-160 bpm, from a resting heart rate of 60 bpm. Will start cycling again, as time permits. Still working full-time. Longest ride was the Around the Bay in a day - 210 km - in 2012. Several 100 km rides since, but busy at work. No help needed at present. Physiotherapy has by largely useless. The Gokhale Method is the only process that has worked. Please don't pitch anything else.


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  • Cormac Lower Back Pain

    • Age < 18
    • Male
    • 143 lbs
    • 6' 2"
    • dublin
    20
    Aug2018
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Somewhat
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Rarely
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Somewhat
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Muscle Strain

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Gokhale Method,
      Improved
      Swimming, Meditation, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching