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Effectiveness of graded activity in pts w/ non-specific low-back pain-systematic revw

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dolphin, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    Non-specific low-back pain isn't ME/CFS of course. But the finding is interesting.


    Read More: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/09638288.2011.631682
     
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  2. BEG

    BEG Senior Member

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    Interesting, Dolphin. I know plenty of 60+ people who suffer crippling low back pain. Those of us with Fibro/ME have it especially bad. Here at home we share a heating pad which just lives on the sofa. I can still see my Fibro/ME friend with the wires of her TENS unit hanging out of her shirt.

    I wonder if anyone has studied the effect of a heavy laptop on one's lap for hours. That seems to aggravate my lower back no matter what my position.
     
  3. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

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    Thanks Dolphin.
     
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  4. Mark

    Mark Acting CEO

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    Thanks Dolphin. My lower back pain has been flaring up in recent weeks. For me, anti-inflammatories, rest, and some very light, short daily walks to keep my back moving have always been the most beneficial.

    The fundamental cause for me, though, is the position I fall asleep in. And underlying all of that is the allodynia/sensitivity to fabrics which restricts how I can sleep, and some kind of sleep problem which means I don't move during the night anyway - I wake up with really bad pack pain some days and immediately I can feel how my sleep posture has caused that.

    I do believe that very gentle walking is generally very important for back pain - you've got to get your back moving somehow, that does so much to get all the back muscles moving properly - and I can walk gently for short periods (though I still can't stand still without pain, after all these years). But graded exercise? If that suggests 'pushing it' in any way, that's not going to ever be a good idea for chronic back pain in my experience; the hardest part is restraining yourself and keeping it as smooth and gentle as possible - in my experience, at least...
     
  5. Googsta

    Googsta Doing Well

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    Good points Mark.

    BEG, I bought a table similar to those found in hospital from ebay. They make ones specifically for laptops that tilt & adjust height etc.
     

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