Pilates for Lower Back Pain

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  • Colleen Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 110 lbs
    • 5' 4"
    • Laguna Woods, CA
    06
    Aug2020
    • Injury Status Cured
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? No pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • 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
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • 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
    • Marital Status Single
    • Employment Status Retired
    • Tobacco Use No
    • Alcohol Use None
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Scoliosis

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Gokhale Method
      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Medical Marijuana, Traction
      Not Improved
      Chiropractor, Supportive Shoes, Acupuncture, Massage, Physical Therapy, Pilates
      Worsened
      Strengthening Exercises, Yoga

    The REASON I no longer have back or leg pain now is that I took the Gokhale Elements course last month. But before that happened, when my Primary Doctor saw my latest MRI she immediately referred me to a neurosurgeon. I never thought I would get surgery but my latest bout with back and leg pain was unbearable and I had to lay on the couch after doing simple tasks during the day and ended up smoking marijuana every evening when the pain was the worst. Two days before I saw the surgeon for a consult, I read in the Gokhale Method newsletter that Esther Gokhale was giving a free online workshop on gardening and gardening was the reason I would do whatever was necessary to stop my pain - I DID NOT WANT TO GIVE UP GARDENING. I signed up for Esther's 18-session online course which I started on July 2, 2020 and finished on July 22. Today is August 5, 2020 which means that less than one month after completing her course I have been walking and gardening and going to the store (without crawling back to the car in pain). What I've been looking for with all my therapies is someone to tell me not only how to stop the pain I was in but also to help me understand how not to keep coming back for temporary fixes! None of my doctors, chiropractors, yoga instructors or physical therapists seemed interested (or knowledgeable?) about that. Nothing stuck until now. I am learning to actually allow my spine and muscles and nerves to work the correct way so that they don’t continue getting worse. I'm only 69 (this month!) and therefore much too young to be sitting at the window watching the world go by.


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  • Lindsay Lower Back Pain

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 150 lbs
    • 5' 4"
    • Zurich, Switzerland
    16
    Feb2020
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • 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? Yes, under 1 month
    • 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 causing leg pain No, I don't feel any leg pain
    • Walking distance with leg pain As far as I want
    • Chronicity 2 - 3 Months
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 2-3 hours
    • Pain when rising from a seated position A little worse
    • Back-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Pain while bending backward Discomforting
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Frequently
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
    • Back pain interference with travel Frequently
    • Marital Status Married
    • Employment Status Employed
    • Tobacco Use No
    • Alcohol Use Moderate
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Spondylolisthesis
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Arthrithis, Knee-pain, Insomnia, Hip-pain

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Swimming, Ice
      Not Improved
      Mattress Change, Meditation, Yoga, Supplements, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, Chiropractor, Acupuncture, Massage, Cortisone Injection, Physical Therapy, Pilates
      Worsened
      Rest

    Prefer to do Weightlifting and Crossfit, however, have had to give that up to pursue softer sports like Yoga and Pilates, as it does get worse when I try Crossfit or lifting again.


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  • Kare Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 135 lbs
    • 5' 10"
    • Asheville, North Carolina
    20
    Jan2020
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • 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
    • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months
    • 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
    • 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 Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Scoliosis, Muscle Strain

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Gokhale Method
      Improved
      Rest, Walking/Hiking, Stretching, Heat, Pilates,
      Not Improved
      Mattress Change, Chiropractor

    What I like and trust most of all about the Gokhale Method is that it is about un-learning what is not natural (acquired poor posture), and learning how to return to what is natural and healthy. I wish I had discovered it years ago, but I am very excited to hear Esther say that we can improve our back health (even after decades of causing damage from poor posture and from aging.) I took the foundations class and now am enrolled in the continuing education offerings program that is available upon completion of that course. I am discovering that there is so much more going on in the Gokhale Method than helping my back to be pain free. It's about caring for my entire body in a beautiful and joyful way. Every part of us is connected and every part of us affects our back. It requires a real interest in taking responsibility for one's own health. It requires some effort but it's fun and happy effort. Thank you Esther! I am grateful because for the first time I am hopeful that I am not going to end up like my parents who suffered and suffer from severe back pain on a daily basis. I have suffered from intermittent lower back pain for decades but not any more. My back is feeling GREAT now that I am learning and practicing the Gokhale Method.


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  • Anonymous Lower Back Pain

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 112 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • Ljubljana, Slovenia
    02
    Jan2020
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours