A Tip To Ease Low Back Pain

I incurred a back injury last year and had to go through many weeks of physical therapy to try to correct the problem. While going through therapy, I realized it was the combination of many small tips they gave me that yielded the best results throughout my recovery.

One tip that was so simple and easy, but has made such a difference in my pain relief was to use something for low back support when I was sitting in my office chair at work and home.  If you research on-line you will see many expensive options for special chairs and cushions for lower back support. My physical therapist suggested an inexpensive, small exercise ball for support.  You can find them at any sporting good or discount store.  I am a fan of on-line shopping and I found mine here .  This is what is looks like:

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To use for low back support you partially inflate the ball and then place between your lower back and the chair.  It helps you maintain good posture when sitting and it makes your back feel supported.  It immediately relieved the pain I had when sitting in a chair.  Here is what it looks like partially inflated:

IMG_0151I know it looks kind of weird, but it really worked for me!  I hope you do not deal with lower back pain, but if you do, this a very inexpensive piece of equipment to try.  How about you?  Does anyone have any tips for low back pain relief they would like to share?  We would love to hear from you!

~Blessings,

Jen

 

The Scale – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

the scaleAnybody else feel this way when they step on the scale? I have been a member of Weight Watchers for a little over 3 years now. Trust me, that scale has been a huge part of my life for a long time, actually way way longer than just 3 years. Some days it makes me happy, some days it makes me sad, some days it makes me angry, and some days, well frankly, some days I just pretend it isn’t there!! I use the scale for accountability. Apparently I need this electronic object to tell me how I’m doing or what I should change. It can evoke joy, hope and failure.

I have been thinking a lot about this lately. While the scale can be a useful tool, does it really say anything about who I am? Does it register when I’ve been a good wife, mother, grandmother, employee or friend? Does it tell me when I’ve been kind and helpful? Can it see into my heart and see a love for Jesus, my family, friends and my dogs??

You see, my friends. The scale is giving us a number, it says nothing about our character or who we really are, so why are we buying into it so much. I think we would much better serve ourselves if we focused on feeding our bodies the best quality and healthiest food we can. Because we want to care for ourselves, we want to give ourselves good food. And exercise…should it be torture? Or should it be a good brisk walk in the sunshine and fresh air, maybe with a friend or your dog. Or how about hiking, kayaking, swimming, playing sports, just having fun moving the bodies God gave us. Why must we make it all seem so hard. I think if we really start to value ourselves as wonderful human beings and practice good self care, maybe that number on the scale will just take care of itself. I for one don’t want it to have such an affect on me. I want to make changes because I like feeling better, healthier, stronger and more energetic. Don’t get me wrong, I also love the smaller clothes, the complements and the sense of accomplishment! I’ve made some great friends at Weight Watchers and I will never stop attending meetings. That’s just who I am. I need their feedback, their pep talks and the encouragement of friends. I like sharing their successes and them sharing mine. But the scales…I’m ready to stop letting them stress me out and start practicing what I preach….self care, being nice to ourselves and doing things we love. Now that will bring success!! Good luck on whatever path you take!

Peace,

Julie