SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Platinum Sponsor
Bernina
Bernina

Forum > Miscellaneous > back problems ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
back problems
rest?exercise?
petro
starstarstar
petro
France
Member since 6/24/07
Posts: 2805
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      



Date: 4/13/13 2:59 AM

I have a large 'garden' aka jungle. Its full of large shrubs and trees in a permanent state of being felled or drastically pruned, so I rather over used pruning shears - the ones with long handles designed to cut through thick branches. I didn't notice a problem whilst I was doing this, but since then, a couple of months ago, I get periods of intense stop you in the tracks pain at bra strap level. I tried rest and warmth first time, it went away, but it keeps returning. I'm guessing I pulled a bunch of muscles trying to get through branches thicker than sensible. What's the best way to get muscles to recover from strain? Any exercises which might help, or a magic pill?

------
http://patternpandemonium.wordpress.com/

Sharon1952
star
Sharon1952  Friend of PR
Board Moderator
Massachusetts USA
Member since 7/1/08
Posts: 3263
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      



In reply to petro <<
thumbsup 2 members like this.


Date: 4/13/13 3:08 AM

I swear by massage therapy and relaxing hot baths. Once I overdid quilting and had to get muscle relaxant prescription from the doctor. Best of luck in finding what works for you.

------
Sewing: A creative mess is better than tidy idleness. ~Author Unknown

Doris W. in TN
star
Doris W. in TN  Friend of PR
Member since 2/9/04
Posts: 8642
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      



In reply to petro <<
thumbsup 2 members like this.


Date: 4/13/13 8:23 AM

Definitely rest. Most likely it is muscle strain. Ice only for the first 24 hours (sessions 15 - 20 minutes with 30 minute breaks in between to avoid frostbite). After that, ice and/or moist heat. My muscles prefer moist heat, but everyone is different.
One massage therapist I used to see, years ago, swore by "shocking" the muscles. 15 - 20 minutes of ice, followed by 15 - 20 minutes of moist heat. Repeat a few times over and allow 15 - 20 minutes between ice and heat treatments.

It also helps to take a NSAID like aspirin or ibuprofen. Tylenol is not an anti-inflammatory. Perhaps a castor oil compress might help draw out the inflammation, or a topical application of arnica gel. Again, everyone responds differently and experimentation is always a good idea.

Lastly, the vertebrae might be out of alignment due to the muscle spasms. This often happens to me. A good chiropractor or physical/physio therapist can gently manually manipulate the spine back into place.

Good luck! I have a long history of these type problems, so I know how much you are suffering.

------
iPad's auto-correct is my enema.

tourist
star
tourist  Friend of PR
British Columbia CANADA
Member since 7/23/07
Posts: 6531
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      
thumbsup 2 members like this.



Date: 4/13/13 10:17 AM

Doris gave some really great advice. We are proponents of the heat/cold cycle at our house. We also like to roll the affected area with a tennis ball. Just put the ball under the sore area and roll around on it. That's about the only way you can self-massage your back.

If you were in my Iyengar yoga class, I would also have you like on the floor with your legs supported on a chair and put a small rolled blanket or yoga mat under your back just below your shoulder blades (bra strap area), possibly with some weight on your shoulders (we use sand bags) if you could tolerate it.

A simple stretch is to lie on your back with knees flexed and take your arms up and over head. Several repetitions, short hold.

These are all useful for sewing upper back pain, as well. Hope you are moving better soon! Oh - and I second or third the vote for a good massage therapist. They can do wonders.

------
http://bgballroom.wordpress.com to follow the progress on my next ballgown.

SheBear0320
starstar
SheBear0320  Friend of PR
Manitoba Canada
Member since 4/8/08
Posts: 4453
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 4/13/13 10:25 AM

I swear by my massage therapist and my physiotherapist -- they have gotten me through some pretty rough times. I see my massage therapist every 4 weeks for a 1 hour remedial massage -- I call it my routine maintenance.

I use the heat/cold cycle and have a set of stretches that I do every single day -- then I have target area stretches that my massage & physio have provided that I use when needed to work out the current problem area.

------
Sheila
"sewing very slowly to fill an empty closet"
2014 Stash Tally: 106.625 yds out/145.125 yds in (net +38.5 yds)

2015 Stash Busting:
14.25 yds sewn (as of 04/07/15)
20.0 yds purchased (as of 04/07/15)


PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Ohio USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 7996
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      
thumbsup 2 members like this.



Date: 4/13/13 10:50 AM

I would suggest professional treatment.
What works for one may not work at all for you or it could complicate the problem.

------
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

"Isnít it a shame in todayís world you canít tell the truth? If you tell the truth youíre abrasive. If you lie youíre charming." - Bob Huggins/College Basket Ball Coach

petro
starstarstar
petro
France
Member since 6/24/07
Posts: 2805
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      



Date: 4/13/13 1:17 PM

Some really great advice, thanks so much. I've gone with heat but not tried cold, or alternating. I'm going to give the exercises a go, gently.
The odd thing is, it seems to get right, then just suddenly hits with an intense pain from a simple movement, like hitching yourself up in an easy chair.

------
http://patternpandemonium.wordpress.com/

bakertoo
star
bakertoo
Washington USA
Member since 12/26/08
Posts: 525
Skill: Intermediate
Body Type:
Send Message

      



Date: 4/13/13 1:44 PM

I recently had a chiropractor put my ribs back place after pulling some muscles in my back and neck, and it was a miracle for me. So between the massages and the ribs back I place, I could move so much better. It was a surprise to me how easy it was to have it done. I was a little sore for a bout a day, but then I could breathe and move freely.

ryan's mom
starstarstar
ryan's mom  Friend of PR
Member since 11/30/04
Posts: 5113
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      



Date: 4/13/13 2:32 PM

Massage therapy and chiropractic care.

I'd try those two approaches first, but if you're not finding much relief in a timely fashion, the of course see a back specialist. Massage therapy, in my family's experiences, has been amazing for back pain.


-- Edited on 4/13/13 2:35 PM --

------
Big 4 Pattern size 12, RTW bottom: 6, RTW jacket 8, RTW top (no size fits me well!)
Measurements: 34 HB/36 FB (34C bra)/27.5/36 (and working hard to keep it that way.)
Machines: Sewing: Elna 760, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3, Singer Model 99, Singer 221/Featherweight. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E. Embroidery/Sewing Combo: Brother Dream machine. Coverstitch: Babylock BLCS. Straight Stitch: Janome 1600P.

If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.

My blog: www.phatchickdesigns.blogspot.com

JJane
star
JJane
Canada
Member since 10/30/10
Posts: 2491
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Send Message

      



In reply to petro <<


Date: 4/13/13 2:35 PM

I would check with a doctor first before trying some of the things suggested in case you have a disk problem, or something else that is aggravating the muscles. A few months is a fairly long time for just muscle spasm to have not resolved itself.

Good luck... back pain is not fun.

------
Canadian Jane, now Jjane, much shorter and easier to use.

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Miscellaneous >> back problems

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Online Class
More Knits
More Knits

Class Details

Online Class
Understanding Knit Fabrics
Understanding Knit Fabrics

Class Details

McCall's 6418

photo
by: GailV

Review
Paradiso Designs Carry-All Shoulder Bag Pattern

Paradiso Designs Carry-All Shoulder Bag Pattern

Pattern Details
8 1/2 inch LEFTY Dressmaking Shears

8 1/2 inch LEFTY Dressmaking Shears

Pattern Details
Simplicity 4659

photo
by: Christine ...

Review

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2015 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.