Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 35-54
  • Female
  • 136 lbs
  • 5' 9"
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Walking distance with leg pain 2-4 miles
  • 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? 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? Rarely
  • 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? Discomforting
  • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, but most of the pain is in my back
  • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months
  • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
  • Standing without experiencing back pain 30 minutes
  • Pain when rising from a seated position A little better
  • Back-Pain while bending forward No pain
  • Leg-Pain while bending forward Mild
  • Pain while bending backward No pain
  • Walk with no pain 2-3 Miles
  • Sitting without back pain 10 minutes
  • Standing without back pain One hour
  • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
  • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
  • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)
  • Additional conditions Knee-pain

Treatment Ratings

    Gokhale Method

I am glad I took the Gokhale Foundations Course as what I learnt there serves me as the basis for any posture throughout the day: walking, sleeping, standing, bending, sitting... I am happy I now know how I can do that without hurting myself further, and I feel better with my body as my position is changing to a healthier one.
I am still struggling from lower back pain particularly when sitting though.

I do recommend the method to everyone, in pain or not (and specially to young people!), because it gives you wisdom on which postures can hurt you and which ones act as a prevention from pain in the future, and it brings you constant awareness to your own body as well, which helps improve. I do see people and the way they sit, walk, stand, bend... differently since I took the course!

Thank you Esther for doing this important work!

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