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8/23/14 11:02 A

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I would be very careful in doing any kind of weight lifting because it will compress the spine.

But the stretch bands are great for resistance. Weight Watchers use to sell them in groups of 3 from lightest to the strongest. So in that way you could choose which one you wanted to help with becoming stronger.

Most stores, such as Sports Authority, Dick's Sporting Goods, or even Walmart or some other stores will sell the stretchy bands. They are worth the money and not expensive at all.

Also, Leslie Sansone has Walk Away the Pounds videos, which are excellent to do right in your own home. She also has incorporated the stretch bands in some of her videos. And she says if you don't have stretch bands just do the arm motions which will help build muscles as well.

I remember one of the rehab exercises that I had to do to strengthen my upper back muscles was to use a stretchy band. Tie a knot in the middle of the band. And then open a door, (somewhere where you have room to workout with the band), and put the knot in the crevice of the door where the hinge side is, and shut the door so that the knot is behind the closed door.

Then stand back far enough to pull your arms straight back like doing a curl. Also, after a few reps of that, then pull your arms down and to the back kind of like behind your back.

There should be some other exercises that you can do as well. But those were the ones I remembered from my rehab although there were more.

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5/7/12 12:55 P

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How is it going now? Find something that works? Get yourself a new pillow?

Hope all is well!!

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4/4/12 12:40 P

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Thanks Native....I have almost constant back pain from where I had my fusion and also fibromyalgia....and I have tried EVERYTHING except acupuncture. I hate being on meds and lost my insurance when my hubby died and now can't afford the array....so I just am taking vicodin but Know it is bad for my liver. I do think I need a new pillow..I like feather pillows but mine are getting too flat...may check out some of those memory foam types.

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4/4/12 12:38 P

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Native, thanks for the idea of the stretchy band! I definitely need to get one of those!

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I can only speak from my experience and so you know if you didn't - I have pain from the C-1 all the way down to S-1 that ravels through out every where else. A few operations, and well lots of meds with no hope of recovery. With that said, I have found out first a good pillow, lol, is great for neck pain especially if you spend more time in bed than standing, sitting etc like I do. But when I do exercise, walking and strength training is all I do, a strechie band is what I use. I have lost 3 inches from my neck which has in my opinion helped. And I credit that to the strechie. The Leslie Sansone videos have exercises that she uses with the strechie but SP also has some that you can use if following some of their videos that say resistance band. I hope that was somewhat helpful. It is hard because we all have different reasons for pain in this group and what may work for some may not always work for another. I also hope that the pain you are going through is tolerable and manageable. Best of luck!

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Thanks Daisy...just what I needed to hear...I am sore after two days in a row and am resting today since I can't seem to push myself..plus the house needs cleaning and I need to run some errands. Hugs,
Sarah

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I have been fortunate to not have neck pain since my cervical fusion many years ago. I am fighting sciatic and hip bursitis pain and not been able to exercise (doctor's instruction) for several months. I am trying to do some core strength training and have started upper body strength training again. I really believe that any strength training we can do helps! I would recommend starting out slowly and stretch afterwards and rest a day or two between strength training for each part of the body. Good luck!

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4/4/12 10:52 A

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I recently started going to curves with the thought that if i strengthened my upper body it may help with some of my neck pain from the surgery. So far all thats happened is soreness but i am still hopeful.
Just wondering if anyone else has any knowledge or experience with this???

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