Trapped Nerve in Lower Back

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Just wondered if anyone can advise if Alternative and Complementary Medicine could help with my back pain, if so what would you advise?

I have a trapped nerve in my lower spine,, symptoms are pain in the lower right of my back and down my leg, pain is felt only when walking and standing. Both feet are numb/pins & needles.

I had decompression surgery just before Christmas but unfortunately that has not helped at all and I am told that I will just have to live with it!!


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    I have a lower back problem and have found yoga really helpful. I used to get numbness and pins and needles down my leg too but hardly get this at all now. I'd previously tried an osteopath, TENS machine and chiropractor none of which helped. It might also be worth seeing as physiotherapist as they might be able to give you some stretches to try.

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    A friend of mines hubby had bladder problems for years, went to a bowen technique practitioner, turns out he had a trapped nerve due to an injury he received many years ago, the man removed the problem, felt 100% relief ever since, My son had this back problem where he would get pain, couldn't breath then collapse, went to see the same guy, never had any problem since and that was like 10 years ago.  Read up on the Bowen technique, ill send you the link as a pm as doubt my message will be allowed if i put it hear! They specialise in trapped nerves. 

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    Thanks both for your replies.

    Elaine - I have already been down the Physio path and carry out the suggested exercises on a regular basis, but this has not brought about any relief and therefore she now does not know what to suggest.

    Susan - Please forward the link regarding the Bowen technique, I'm willing to try anything.

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    I've had that problem with the sciatic nerve caught. Boy did that make me jump and the pain was so sharp. It was so bad I could not do anything, so off to my physio who as well as giving my back some heat treatment then hung me upside down. Literally.

    He has a piece of German equipment that looks a bit like a deck chair without material. You stand up in the frame while your ankles are secured to one part of the bottom of the frame. The central support keeps you in position as the frame is moved to horizontal and then after your blood flow has adjusted you are gently moved through a 45 degree position then the full 90 degrees with a moment when you are swinging from your ankles before being returned to your upright position.

    Relief! Doing that takes away all the gravitational pressure we experience normally, allowing joints to open slightly and moving organs to reassemble. The trapped nerve was released.  It is quite amazing. From being unable to walk (I had to crawl into his surgery) I came out feeling that I could have danced the night away. See if you can find that service in your area,


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