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Old 04-12-2012, 11:48 PM   #1
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L 5 S1 disc bulge

Hi,

I am 57 years old. I have had a lower back issue for quite some time -more than a dozen years.

I practice yoga regularly -in spite of this , unless I am very aware about back movements, sometimes it goes phut.

An MRI about 4 years ago showed a slight disc bulge L5 S1. No medication , no surgery has been done.

Of late,I have discovered the mini exercise ball - 6 ". I get a lot of relief by lying down on the ball (left side of the lower back -just above the left hip) and letting the ball do a gentle massage.

Any suggestions - if this is ok ?

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Old 04-13-2012, 12:07 AM   #2
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Re: L 5 S1 disc bulge

Hi -- welcome to the boards.

I don't think there is any problem with using a ball for self-massage, as long as you aren't rolling it around on your spine, which it doesn't sound like you are. I use a couple of tennis balls between my back and the wall. Physical therapists recommend tennis balls and working up to golf balls. I find that I have more control when standing than lying down on the balls, but obviously get less pressure going. Be careful with the yoga -- as an experienced practitioner, you are probably very conscious of your body, but certain yoga positions can be taxing on the lower back and cervical spine.

 
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:49 AM   #3
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Re: L 5 S1 disc bulge

Thank You for the prompt reply.

Incidentally I do use the ball for a gentle roll on the which I find releases the spinal pressure after a long day. I am very aware about the body when I do these exercises and stop at the slighest discomfort.

Is there any problem with rolling the ball on the spine as I have mentioned above ? I use a 6 " ball -the air has been adjusted so that it is quite soft and blends in with the curvature of the spine.





[QUOTE=SweetPeainSF;4960718]Hi -- welcome to the boards.

I don't think there is any problem with using a ball for self-massage, as long as you aren't rolling it around on your spine, which it doesn't sound like you are. I use a couple of tennis balls between my back and the wall. Physical therapists recommend tennis balls and working up to golf balls. I find that I have more control when standing than lying down on the balls, but obviously get less pressure going. Be careful with the yoga -- as an experienced practitioner, you are probably very conscious of your body, but certain yoga positions can be taxing on the lower back and cervical spine.[/QUOTE]

 
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Re: L 5 S1 disc bulge

I would ask the doctor who ordered the MRI about any type of direct pressure on the spine. I use a foam roller across the whole back, which exerts a more diffuse pressure, so probably not a problem to use a larger ball, but can't hurt to ask the doctor.

 
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Re: L 5 S1 disc bulge

Yes, thank you. I will do that.

 
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