Img_0549I have had lower back problems since I was pregnant with Jessica.  That would be 15 years ago.  I was huge and walked like a weeble wobble.  I fell and hurt my sciatic nerve, something common with women.  Not the falling part but the nerve part. 

I have learned to live with it.  My tolerance of pain is pretty high. Six years of yoga really helped the problem but I have moved out of my yoga phase and into my boot camp phase.  Boot camp is not exactly soothing so I have found the pain to be flaring up.  Someone recommended acupuncture.

It is something that I have considering before, with other injuries.  What can I say, I’m a mess.  Yesterday I went for the first time.  Mitchell Wolf is located in Soho.  He does acupuncture, shiatsu, yoga etc.  Really nice guy.  The whole process and concept of Eastern medicine is pretty cool.  I plan on continuing to see if this is the trick.  I’ll keep you posted.

Comments (Archived):

  1. jeff

    i was having lower back pain and tried accupuncture several years ago. Accupuncture has always provided short term relief, but I would plan to combine with yoga and/or pilates. I work in an office, and i have found that an ergonomic chair/stability ball is also a good remedy.

  2. Diana Davenport

    Jo — I think you should post the photo of you by the stove on 14th Street!

  3. Steve Pang, L.Ac.

    “Accupuncture has always provided short term relief but I would plan to combine with yoga and/or pilates.” >> Good plan! Acupuncture will often provide only temporary relief if manual therapy and exercise are not combined in treatment. Manual menthods such as TuiNa adn Shiatsu help to open the joints and maintain that openness after acupuncture has release constriction in the soft tissues. For many patients this is enough. If not, simple exercises (“Qi Gong” in Chinese, “Ki Koh” in Japanese) help patients keep joints and muscles loose and strong at the same time. After consistent practice patients should be able to maintain their injuries on their own.