I have severe degenerative spinal stenosis. The lowest disc in my back was surgically removed about 25 years ago. The two above that one are slipped and herniated. I also have had a lot of surgeries on both knees. Right now, I am basically pain free, and walking primarily for one reason. AQUATIC THERAPY. I exercise my lower body in the pool three times a week for about 45 minutes each time. The first time I did this, before I went into the water, I could not walk upright - those of you with a bad back know exactly what I mean. I was using a cane not only for support but to keep my balance. After 45 minutes of gentle exercise in the water, I got out of the water, was totally astounded to find myself walking upright and without ANY back or knee pain. Get a book on aquatic therapy, join a health club, or have your MD prescribe aquatic therapy to get you started. I consider pool therapy my mobility pill, and take it 3 times a week. it works and there are no bad side effects.
- 5/16/2010 12:58:32 PM