This is the situation. I have been having back and neck problems for a good, long while now, and I’m so over it.
I know my issues. My desk situation is the primary culprit – the desk is too low and the chair is too high, so I am craning forward all day. I also sleep like a fetus – all curled up and pushing my head forward weirdly and I somehow strain my shoulder all night by sleeping with one shoulder all ganked out and I dunno.
I threw out my back for the first time a few weeks ago. THAT sucked. I felt my entire lower back wrench to the left while I was (wait for it) reaching down to get leftovers out of the fridge. I know, right? Really overreached on that one.
But I’m 31, you guys. THIRTY ONE. I’m not going to let this dominate me.
So here’s what I’m doing:
- Got a new, custom mattress from Helix Sleep. Allow me to blow some sunshine here – they’re a pretty cool company. You take a quick survey about your sleeping habits and preferences, and they send you a custom-built mattress – for cheap! Their customer service is also fantastic – the first bed we got was just not doing it for me, and they delivered a new mattress and took away the old one, free of charge. Very responsive and very friendly. The Anti-Comcast.
- The verdict? I don’t know yet, because I’m sleeping like an asshole. Once I can stop myself from sleeping wonk, I’ll let you know.
- Osteopathy with Bob at Massage Therapy Works. Oh man. There was a point where I couldn’t move any part of my body without severe pain due my muscles being totally jacked up – particularly in my neck and shoulders. Bob gave me my first pain-free day in a loooong while. Osteopathy works with your muscles and your skeletal structure to treat injury and strengthen how those two systems work together. I don’t know how it works exactly, but I don’t care if it’s voodoo magic. It has really made a difference.
- The verdict? Working wonders, but not a cure-all.
But here’s where I need your help, ya’ll. I can replace the desk and work on my super-weird sleep posture, but I also need some good back and core strengthening stuff to do.
What do you recommend for good core/back strengthening exercise? I have been thinking things like Pure Barre, Yoga, etc, but I’m not sure what is best to do when I still have pain that I’m dealing with.
What else do you do to ease chronic pain? You know, other than seven Advil and a shot of tequila.
All suggestions welcome! I’ll just be hunched over my desk, eagerly awaiting your thoughts.