I've been on you tube and found some quite good demonstrations of Swiss Ball technique - it's been quite an amusing few days chez Green Eyes I've been doing yoga for about a year - and pilates for a couple of years - I'm hoping for my appointment within the next month - I really want to see the x-ray - have just had a report which I kind of understand but to see what's what would be better !! Whereabouts in Norfolk are you ? Norfolk is lovely
I've just invested in a Swiss Ball - wish I'd got one earlier - only had it a couple of days and already noticing a big difference in my core and my back feels a bit better as a result - a bit bad that you won't be seen till the end of June Snawbaw - try ringing up and getting an earlier one - it can't as it seems a long time to wait ! hope you get it sorted soon - I'm still waiting for my appointment so who knows !!
Hi Snawbaw - very interested in this as I've just been diagnosed with advanced degenerative disc disease at L5/S1 with advanced degenerative changes of posterior facet joints at L4/5 and L5/S1. Also marked narrowing of disc associated with sclerosis of endplates and osteophytes. I've been doing pilates for a couple of years and yoga for about a year but to be honest it only helps me for a while and the mornings I feel like an old woman as I peel myself out of bed having done many stretches. I've been referred to an orthopaedic surgeon and as far as I know there are no cysts. I have sensations and stiffness in my buttocks - I can't call them pains and they move around. I've cut down the running but not stopped altogether and I'm doing lots of core strengthening work. I should hopefully get an appointment withinin the next month but a bit apprehensive as to my options. It's heartening to hear stories if people in similar circumstances who have had good outcomes.
Personally I'd go and see a physio and get some proper advice - I'm having lower back problems and though I'll probably never do a marathon again I've never been told to hang up my running shoes despite having numerous injuries (I'm 47). I know many people in their 50s and 60s who run marathons so I'd take what you're doctor says with a pinch of salt.