I wondered last week, as I was writing How I Alleviate Back Pain and Avoid Surgery, if back problems are more prevalent today than they used to be. And, if so, why?
A reader asked me if yoga, as I wrote about last week, ultimately fixed my lower back problems. Unfortunately, the short answer is no. While it’s true I’ve come up with ways to alleviate discomfort, retain mobility, and avoid surgery, I’ve been unable to permanently resolve the problem.
On Saturday mornings, I typically head to a bakery to pick up freshly baked bread for the week. Last year, I noticed a yoga studio across the street from the bakery and thought about giving it a try to help alleviate my ever present back issues.
Now for the record, at the encouragement of my mom (who has been teaching yoga for 30+ years), I’ve tried yoga a few times before but just couldn’t get into it. Regardless of how good yoga may have been for my body, the slow pace of the classes made me too restless to enjoy myself. Further, given the overall state of my inflexibility, it was hard to imagine my woeful approximations to the poses I was instructed to do were offering any benefit.
In an article I wrote four years ago, Losing Too Much to Win, I mentioned how during a five-mile run I sustained a back injury that put me out of commission for a while. I recall seeing my doctor the day it happened and telling him that I would give up running if it guaranteed I wouldn’t be in such pain again. The fine doctor responded, “They all say that!” I hobbled home that day in excruciating pain, the memory etched in my psyche. Despite all that, I only recently actually gave up running.
f improving your diet or developing a regular exercise routine aren’t in the cards right now, consider focusing on something else.
Over my many years of writing this blog, I’ve received numerous “expressive” emails from readers. Needless to say, I’ve learned to tread carefully around certain topics. Whether it be politics or the minimum wage debate, there are definitely some subject matters that tend to fill up my inbox more than others. Having recently completed a series of posts about weight loss, I can now add another topic to that list: the low-carb/keto diet debate.
Despite knowing how important diet and exercise are to health and well being, it can be difficult to find the time and energy needed to take care of ourselves in this regard
It’s difficult these days to find anyone with disposable income in America who isn’t following some type of diet regime. Indeed, whether we’re talking about newer fads such as keto, Whole30Ⓡ, or paleo or older ones such as juicing, Atkins™, or The ZoneⓇ I always marvel at how sure members in their respective diet-tribes are of the correctness of their convictions.
In their excellent book, The Coddling of the American Mind, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt document how overprotective “helicopter parenting” is creating kids who aren’t able to take care of themselves as adults and become uncomfortable when confronted with opposing viewpoints. This phenomenon is transforming institutions such as universities, (where students aren’t adequately prepared for debate) into ideological echo chambers. It is also creating an environment where outcome gaps are being used as evidence of systemic injustice rather than as a starting point for investigation.
No one ever learned to walk by walking ~ Moshe Feldenkrais Raising children these days, as I’m sure many of you would attest, is quite different than it was when we were growing up. Indeed, when I see kids being sent out to play draped in body armor and parents hovering over their every move, […]