I started a new yoga class and have found that I am unable to pull my knees to my chest. No one else in the class has this problem and I'm generally fairly limber. What do you think this could be and how can I work on it? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand
on Feb 19, 2012 -
My SO's back and neck seem to be permanently tied in knots. She doesn't seem like a tense person, but her muscles indicate otherwise. I can massage her for a while, but it only does so much for her. Can anyone give me suggestions to help her relax her back and neck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 5, 2012 -
Advice and a crash course regarding ergonomics (and, to a lesser degree, posture) needed for a young web worker with a Macbook Pro and some signs of RSI. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Jan 16, 2012 -
What kind of doctor should I see about my neck and back pain? I'm not sure if it's a pinched nerve or muscular. [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Jan 16, 2012 -
Have you had Botox injections for back/neck spasms and pain? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by Ollie
on Jan 14, 2012 -
Hive mind, I poll your collective wisdom to reccomend me some sort of cushion that I can use for my office chair so I can be closer to the proper height above my desk to avoid computer-related RSIs. [more inside]
posted by thereemix
on Dec 14, 2011 -
Can you help me cope with my utterly terrible back and leg pain? I'm at my wits end, so I'm looking for any and all suggestions - physical or mental. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44
on Dec 7, 2011 -
Help! I think twisted my back out of alignment again after a chiropractic adjustment and they're closed for the weekend! Also, any advice about constant lower back pain? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt
on Oct 8, 2011 -
Yesterday, as I was bending over to plug something in, I sneezed really hard and popped about 4 vertebrae all at once right in the middle of my back. Right in the spot where I carry all my tension. It felt absolutely amazing and a little dangerous. Is it possible to safely and regularly replicate that release of tension on my own, say once a day? How?
posted by carsonb
on Sep 13, 2011 -
Help me prevent long term low pack pain/sprains with activities more fun than typical stretching and exercise. [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv
on Aug 22, 2011 -
If you've tried Alexander technique or acupuncture for neck or back pain, did they work? [more inside]
posted by Ollie
on Jul 28, 2011 -
I'm a 25 year old guy and quite tall (6'6). I often sit down for much of the workday. I also bike and walk everywhere (I don't drive). In recent weeks I've been experiencing some back pain. This evening, upon leaving work, I began experiencing the worst sustained back pain I've ever felt. Hard to bend over, painful to walk, or do much of anything. It has been hurting for 3 hours now. I'm going to call the doc tomorrow, but does anyone know of a good mattress to buy for such an ailment? (Mine is awful, sags in the middle, etc.) Or anything else I can do?
posted by LeonBernstein
on Jul 19, 2011 -
Are we entitled to our deposit for a house we put an offer on but canceled the sale due to the electrical wiring? [more inside]
posted by ljs30
on Jul 8, 2011 -
I'm going to be a sophomore in high school, and I wanna play football for the first time. What do I need, and what should I expect? Practice starts in 6 weeks. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34
on Jun 30, 2011 -
For those of you who have had success with treating kyphosis and the like: I have postural kyphosis. I do a lot of muscle exercises and stretching to correct my posture and have actually gained 1.5 inches in height but my spine still has a very exaggerated curve. I think I have the muscular side covered but are there any skeletal manipulations I could be doing ie. chiro adjustments that will help lessen the exaggerated curvature? [more inside]
posted by dino terror
on Jun 27, 2011 -
I've recently discovered that when I stretch backwards with my arms above my head while holding my breath, I sometimes get a super-trippy laughing-gassy lightheaded rush for about (no longer than) ten seconds.
So: How bad is this for me?
Am I killing loads of brain cells?
posted by Jonathan Harford
on Jun 14, 2011 -
Help! I think I seriously messed up my back. About a week ago, I jumped on a giant indoor trampoline and since then my back has been really bothering me. It's my mid-back, hurts most when I walk, run, or jump. It doesn't feel like the muscle. Should I see a regular doctor? Chiropractor? Is there any home care that I should be doing? I am worried that it's not improving. Thanks so much!
posted by Equiprimordial
on Jun 13, 2011 -
Why does my lower back hurt and what can I do about it? I took a trip to Asia 2 days ago, and now while laying down my lower back (and hips) is incredibly painful, but other times it doesn't hurt. It feels like it's being pulled apart when I lay down in ANY position. It seemed like the plane trip is somehow what aggravated it.
posted by Patrick Leo
on Jun 7, 2011 -
Those anti-fatigue mats and bead seat covers really work. I guess the uneven surface keeps the muscles stimulated. Is there anything like this for a mattress or mattress cover for my bed? [more inside]
posted by dino terror
on May 27, 2011 -
In seven days I will be having back surgery: laminectomy, fusion, and fixation.
Yesterday, I attended the "Back on Track" class that the hospital provides for those about to have surgery.
They stressed the BLTPP rules: NO Bending, Leaning, Twisting, Pushing, or Pulling.
What are YOUR best tips and tricks (and best kept secrets) for adhering to these rules for my next few months?
PLEASE add any suggestions on how to make my life (and my wife's life!) easier during the recovery time. Any and all ideas are welcome!
[Yep, I know YANMD, but I hope you have good ideas.]
posted by Drasher
on May 18, 2011 -
Last Thursday and Friday I had really bad pain in my back on the right side, in the middle – just about where the ribcage ends. I had a low-grade fever on Friday evening. On Saturday morning I decided that the pain was bad enough to necessitate a trip to an Urgent Care facility, as my doctor does not have weekend hours. [more inside]
posted by sleepykitties
on Apr 26, 2011 -
I have pain in my neck/shoulder. It's partially from computer use but becomes most intense when I draw. I need advice on better ergonomic setups as well as safe exercises I could do to strengthen those muscles, or anything else I might do to reduce this sort of pain. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed
on Mar 27, 2011 -
Hey, for the third time in the last ten years or so the same part of my upper back has decided to cause me a spectacular amount of pain and discomfort for the last five days or so. The pain is all on the right side of my upper back, going up my neck to the base of my skull, accompanied with numbness in my shoulder and all down my right tricep, sometimes all the way down to my fingers. Along with the pain I'm nauseous half the time, possibly as a result of the pain itself. Sleeping, working and doing anything at all beyond moaning is really difficult, and the application of heat and cold has only helped temporarily.
Last time I just took over-the-counter back meds for a week until I could get off the couch, and then a bit later went to a chiropractor who identified a problem in my upper spine and assured me he could fix it if I came around every week for the next 20 years and signed over my paycheque. This time I'm going to go to a proper doctor, but can anyone take a guess at what may be wrong and what sort of doctor I should try to see?
posted by Antexit
on Mar 24, 2011 -
I am looking to get one of those seatbacks that you can put in your bed, that will allow you to sit up in bed with minimal effort. Let me clarify - this is not a recliner. It's almost as if someone took a car seat and cut the tush part off, but added a bit near the bottom for stability. What is the offical term for them, and where can I find them?
posted by Sully
on Jan 15, 2011 -
Did anybody download a copy of Palin's www.takebackthe20.com/candidates website before she took it down? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker
on Jan 8, 2011 -
I am looking for a web site or book that someone here can recommend detailing ALL major stretches for the hips and lower body that also shows anatomical diagrams of exactly what is being stretched by the stretches. I have seen some good stuff on the net, but i am looking for a complete list with anatomical diagrams. If it is only hips, thats OK too. Thank You. [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk
on Dec 28, 2010 -
Car Accident Filter: I was rear-ended this week and while I know you are not my insurance agent, doctor or my lawyer, I would greatly appreciated help on what to do next. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by damiano99
on Dec 17, 2010 -
Help me figure out if I am alone in having 'hot spots' on my back, neck and feet where I prefer to be scratched. [more inside]
posted by Encipher
on Nov 24, 2010 -
I threw out my back pretty badly. My ability to move is limited to a low shuffle. I am also home with my two year old. What can
I do with him today? [more inside]
posted by zizzle
on Oct 27, 2010 -
Lower achy back pain: something actually wrong with the spine or something with the kidneys? I know YANMD and I AM frantically trying to get an appointment, just...anyone else experienced this? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh
on Oct 21, 2010 -
I am suffering through Insufferable Mattress Syndrome and it's taking a toll on my back. I am doing downward-facing dog and some other back-happy yoga routines morning and night but it doesn't seem to be really helping. Can anyone suggest a mattress topper that would offer a little more oomph for a single bed that is also available in Great Britain? I can't get rid of the mattress...
posted by parmanparman
on Oct 18, 2010 -