View Full Version : Bit of a problem!

8th June 2009, 05:38 PM
Basically my main aim is to strengthen my core stability muscles... although doing this is tricky. Mr Lam said I need to excercise and strengthen myself, this way I will most likely have less pain and my arthritis will probably improve. Thing is I can't afford to lose anymore weight (personal problems :p) and I'd like to start at my local Esporta gym to do some Yoga and Pilates, will this cause me to lose weight (which I don't want and I wont if it will) ?? Obviously I will closely monitor myself but all in all I need to keep myself in tip top condition and this most importantly includes my spine and neck.

Oh and my neurologist suggested accupuncture on my neck... what's other peoples experiences on accupuncture?? Has is helped?? What can you reccomend for helping my core stability?

(I am fused T11-L3)

Thanks, Lyssie xx

8th June 2009, 10:07 PM
as far as i know, most types of yoga won't cause weight-loss, as long as you go for the sedate types such as Hatha. the two majorly-energetic (and therefore weightloss-inducing) are Ashtanga and Bikram (which is for complete nutters in my opinion!) so you'd really want to avoid these. ashtanga is basically a workout where you do not stop moving through a set series of poses in the whole session, it's highly aerobic. and bikram is less energetic but is done in a hot room so you just sweat buckets.

i know a lot less about pilates, so i can't really answer. i hope i don't offend by suggesting this as i don't know the reason for your weight but... often if you're doing a lot of aerobic exercise your appetite will increase anyway, so you'd naturally eat more but without putting on a dangerous level of weight. it depends on your circumstances though.

8th June 2009, 10:29 PM
Hi Lyssie,
I have been doing Pilates for over a year and find it great for core stability. I found a great class with an understanding teacher that will adapt any exercise i struggle with, it took me a while to find out what i could and couldnt mannage and to work with that information instead of fighting against it. I did try Yogo but although i found it relaxing i didnt find it helped my back. I hope you find a good Pilates class and its good for you too X

15th June 2009, 12:42 AM
stability core muscles... I am current under pyhsio who in turn refer to someone to help to strength mine.
I have some exercises if remember try post them tomorrow.

15th June 2009, 11:12 AM
Hi Lyssie,
I am also trying to work on my core muscles, though I do sometimes have trouble locating them :p... My specialist suggested getting a ball which I plan to do, it is something i have tried at the pain clinic as well, I think in general you are fine to follow the instructions/excersises the ball comes with....
Acupunture - I have had plenty over the years, though i think it is a little strange he prescribes it soley for your neck... I find it really opens the 'channels' which become blocked by the number of pains signals being sent all the time to the brain... I do find that once the needles are in for me that is enough, somepeople that do it wobble them around a bit and for me that is too much to handle....
Good luck and let us know how you get on x

15th June 2009, 11:13 AM
Sorry that is an excersise ball that you sit on.... hehe :D

15th June 2009, 01:49 PM

On this 1 I only do level 1

15th June 2009, 03:12 PM
Hi Lyssie,

I have been doing pilates for quite a while now which really helps i go to classes twice a week, make sure you let the instructor know about your back. I have had acupuncture too which helped me too. I also had aromatherapy massages up until recently now i have shiastsu massages once a month.


15th June 2009, 07:47 PM

I have had acupuncture and found it helped. I do gentle exercises as I walk the dog to help with muscle toning and strengthening. (fortunately I walk him early in the morning or I really would be labelled local mad woman! :) ) I have considered Pilates which I understand was invented by a woman dancer with a spinal problem, but never seem to have the time to go to classes. I do need to step up the exercise though and did attend aquarobics for a while which was quite good when you got a sensible teacher (at our baths they never had the same one twice running). All these good intentions reminder to self 'sort it out'! :)