"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-28-2010, 10:36 PM   #1
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,973
Sciatica, anyone?

Something I've suffered from for decades (inherited, both my mom and her father). I found a couple of things in the past year that helped me enormously, so thought I'd share.

First of all, Pilates. I've had several instructors, and different ones had different style, but I swear by this class taken only once a week. I'm sore the next day, but the sciatica is eased.

The latest makes me feel so stupid. Those sneakers with the thick, rocker bottom. The brand I bought are Shape Ups, but there are many on the market. They look ridiculous. But I asked at my gym if anyone'd bought a pair, and one of the instructors said a nurse friend of her swore by them for leg pain. So I went to the hospital and asked, and got the same answer, then actually asked on the street when I'd see someone wearing a pair. So I bought a pair and then had to buy a second pair. Maybe it's just the extra cushioning, but the sciatic pain has lessened by so much I would not have believed it possible.

The usual, that is to say stretches and a heating pad, are OK, but the pilates and those sneakers really have made a difference in my life.

__________________

__________________
Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2010, 10:41 PM   #2
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 36,300
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claire View Post
Something I've suffered from for decades (inherited, both my mom and her father). I found a couple of things in the past year that helped me enormously, so thought I'd share.

First of all, Pilates. I've had several instructors, and different ones had different style, but I swear by this class taken only once a week. I'm sore the next day, but the sciatica is eased.

The latest makes me feel so stupid. Those sneakers with the thick, rocker bottom. The brand I bought are Shape Ups, but there are many on the market. They look ridiculous. But I asked at my gym if anyone'd bought a pair, and one of the instructors said a nurse friend of her swore by them for leg pain. So I went to the hospital and asked, and got the same answer, then actually asked on the street when I'd see someone wearing a pair. So I bought a pair and then had to buy a second pair. Maybe it's just the extra cushioning, but the sciatic pain has lessened by so much I would not have believed it possible.

The usual, that is to say stretches and a heating pad, are OK, but the pilates and those sneakers really have made a difference in my life.
I have sciatica on the right...bought my first pair of Shape-ups to try out at work...by the next weekend I had two pair for work and another pair for shopping. I swear by them and my testimony led many others to thank me for their buying them, too! They are great!
__________________

__________________
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2010, 10:45 PM   #3
Honey Badger
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,285
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claire View Post
Something I've suffered from for decades (inherited, both my mom and her father). I found a couple of things in the past year that helped me enormously, so thought I'd share.

First of all, Pilates. I've had several instructors, and different ones had different style, but I swear by this class taken only once a week. I'm sore the next day, but the sciatica is eased.

The latest makes me feel so stupid. Those sneakers with the thick, rocker bottom. The brand I bought are Shape Ups, but there are many on the market. They look ridiculous. But I asked at my gym if anyone'd bought a pair, and one of the instructors said a nurse friend of her swore by them for leg pain. So I went to the hospital and asked, and got the same answer, then actually asked on the street when I'd see someone wearing a pair. So I bought a pair and then had to buy a second pair. Maybe it's just the extra cushioning, but the sciatic pain has lessened by so much I would not have believed it possible.

The usual, that is to say stretches and a heating pad, are OK, but the pilates and those sneakers really have made a difference in my life.
Are those the Sketcher sneakers endorsed by Joe Montana? How come they don't show him actually wearing a pair?
__________________
If your with me that's great. If not. Get out of my way.
Chef Munky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2010, 11:10 PM   #4
Master Chef
 
Kayelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: south central coast/California
Posts: 9,887
I just ordered the walking sandal online thanks to your tips, Claire and PF. Living where I do, I seldom wear anything but sandals, so I'm looking forward to getting them, and they don't look half bad either!
__________________
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away.

Kayelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2010, 11:45 PM   #5
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 36,300
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kayelle View Post
I just ordered the walking sandal online thanks to your tips, Claire and PF. Living where I do, I seldom wear anything but sandals, so I'm looking forward to getting them, and they don't look half bad either!
One warning, the first couple of times wearing them, take it easy, until you get your balance, they are different to walk in. Another thing, since you are walking correctly, you will find muscle aches where you didn't think you had muscles, they go away with use.

Going down steps is a bit tricky too, just take it easy! Okay, that was three things...I hope you like them!
__________________
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2010, 03:27 AM   #6
Head Chef
 
Zereh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Bellevue, WA
Posts: 1,548
I love Pilates! I did it faithfully for several years and have kind of fallen off the track, but since it's that time of year for new beginnings it is on the top of my list to start!

I used to make my mom get on the floor with me on Sunday's when I went to visit and do the stretches and stuff with me. =P She complained loudly but would always call a couple days later and say how good she still felt ... don't you love when all the pills in the world won't fix you like making a life-style change will?
__________________
~~
Zereh

We are fed by a food industry which pays no attention to health, and healed by a health industry that pays no attention to food - Wendell Berry
Zereh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2010, 03:39 AM   #7
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Studio City, Calif.
Posts: 2,459
Ever tried epidural shots for the sciatica Claire? They made it go away permanently for several people I know, including me.
__________________
MSC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2010, 09:07 AM   #8
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Zhizara's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 12,537
I'm so glad to hear about the shoes. I have cramping in my lower legs when I walk any distance. It has become so bad that just going to the mailbox starts the cramping before I get back to my apartment. I've thought about starting a routine of walking to the bus stop a couple of times a day just to get my circulation going.

When I saw these shoes, I figured they would either be great or impossible. Now I think I'll go ahead a get a pair. Just the amount of walking I do around the apartment should do me some good. Especially just to get used to enough to walk around outside.
__________________

If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
Zhizara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2010, 09:26 AM   #9
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 36,300
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zhizara View Post
I'm so glad to hear about the shoes. I have cramping in my lower legs when I walk any distance. It has become so bad that just going to the mailbox starts the cramping before I get back to my apartment. I've thought about starting a routine of walking to the bus stop a couple of times a day just to get my circulation going.

When I saw these shoes, I figured they would either be great or impossible. Now I think I'll go ahead a get a pair. Just the amount of walking I do around the apartment should do me some good. Especially just to get used to enough to walk around outside.
I really like the idea of walking to the mailbox a few times a day, pretty soon you'll be walking farther each day. I'm a huge advocate of walking, it really helps with multiple problems. I'm enjoying my dayshifts, seeing people walking in the hallways, I'm so used to seeing them laying in bed.
__________________
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2010, 03:21 PM   #10
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,973
Absolutely, Fiona. A few people I know are buying (or have already) them on my recommendation, and I always tell them to wear them for a day or two around the house, because they do re-distribute your weight and posture. The first few times you put them on, it helps to do the warm up stretches that come with the shoes. But the first few times you have a tendency to sort of feel like you're falling over on your back. Oh, and if you don't already, use the handrail the first few times you use them on stairs. My husband and one of my best friends bought them and also swear by them.
__________________

__________________
Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.