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My Own Worst Enemy

I’ve made a full recovery from my bout with sciatica. My chiropractic visits are down to every other week and soon to be once a month. My acupuncture visits that were once 3 times a week are now down to once a month.

Continued Movement

Back in the beginning of my treatment, I followed my chiropractors instructions to the T. I made sure to walk at least 4 to 5 days a week for an hour each day. I also performed the stretching and strengthening exercises two to three times a day.

As I improved, I found I started to get a little lazy. Although I still do the strengthening and stretching exercises, they’ve been reduced to once a day. Walking, well walking started to get boring so I cut back on that too.

Last week I only walked twice and one of the walks was only for a half hour.

Reminder to Move

Even though my muscles are stronger and my adjustments are good, in the last day or so I thought I felt hints of the old sciatic pain. It could be my imagination, but I thought something was stirring up.

exercise for pain relief

When I felt those twinges, I got out and went for an hour’s walk. It’s amazing that halfway through the walk, the twinges went away. Not only that, when I came home I performed the stretching/strengthening exercises and felt much better.

Today there’s not a hint of sciatic pain. This may be psychological, but I realize my condition occurred because of lack of movement. If I start slacking off, I’ll end up where I was before. Like breathing and eating, exercise must remain an integral part of my daily routine if I’m going to feel at my best.

When you think of it, out of 24 hours in a day, 1 hour is only 1/24th of my day. Surely I can dedicate that much time to feeling good. If I can’t find an hour out of 24 for exercise, I guess I’ll have to live quietly and painfully with the consequences.

About the author: Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog, Felicia shares what she’s learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she’s also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment).

in Sciatica, Walking