Friday, June 03, 2016

Gifts and tips to help relieve back pain with Esther Gokhale

With so many soon-to-be moms and existing moms are looking for effective relief from back pain, especially with summer just around the corner with these helpful gifts.

The book 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: (Which has sold over 100,000 copies; in eight simple lessons, with no special equipment and no time-consuming exercises, teaches the root of most muscle and joint pain.

Stretchsit® Cushion  (this cushion helps transform most chairs into comfortable chairs that provide gentle traction. Unlike a lumbar support cushion, this cushion elongates rather than compresses your low back, giving you the natural, healthy spinal shape shared by children, athletes, and people in non-industrial societies the world over)

DVD: Back Pain: The Primal Posture Position: (Addresses the root cause of most muscle and joint pain with healthy posture and movement techniques. Four real students are profiled as they successfully navigate degenerative disc disease, spinal arthritis, stenosis, back muscle spasms, sciatica, bunions, neck pain, shoulder pain and migraines.)

I recevied complimentary product.

 Tips for Managing Pain During Pregnancy by Esther Gokhale

> Anchor your ribs.  With regard to the rib anchor, it's important to know that the ever-growing baby is potentially pulling the mother's back into an arch. An expectant mother who gives in to this pull will be increasingly swaying her back, which can cause lower back pain and other problems. Anchoring the ribs involves keeping the lower border of the rib cage flush with the abdomen.

> Engage your inner corset.  Anchoring the ribs and periodically engaging the inner corset--that is, contracting the deep muscles in the abdomen and back to lengthen and support the spine--is the ticket to well-toned abdominal muscles before, during, and after pregnancy.

> Hinge your hips when you bend.  Everybody needs to hip-hinge when they bend, but this is especially important for pregnant women. This is because lowering the body by bending with the knees and curving the back (as is so common in our culture) puts added stress on the spinal discs at a time when the discs are already being challenged by the additional weight of the pregnancy.

> Stack your weight over your heels.  Positioning the pelvis so that it's slightly tipped forward (anteverted) allows for a natural stacking of vertebrae without muscle strain. Not only does healthy stacking yield good posture that leaves spinal discs decompressed, it also protects ligamental integrity. Ligaments already loosened by the hormone relaxin are less likely to be taxed when bones are correctly stacked.

> Engage your gluteus medius muscles when you walk.  Engaging the gluteus medius, the muscle located in the upper, outer quadrant of the buttocks, helps prevent lower back pain.

>Stretch Lie on your side with supportive pillow. Stretchlying on the side--that is, lying with a lengthened back, anteverted pelvis, and knees slightly bent--represents an opportunity to restore healthy architecture during sleep and reinforce the neural pathways that will help create muscle memory for a healthy J-shaped spine (as opposed to a curved C-shaped spine or an over-arched S-shaped spine).

Esther Gokhale, L.Ac.
Esther Gokhale
Pain Expert and Posture Specialist

 Esther Gokhale (Go-clay) has been involved in integrative therapies all her life. As a young girl growing up in India, she helped her mother, a nurse, treat abandoned babies waiting to be adopted. This early interest in healing led her to study biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton and, later, acupuncture at the San Francisco School of Oriental Medicine.

After experiencing crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, Gokhale began her lifelong crusade to vanquish back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb® Institute in Paris and years of research in Brazil, India, Portugal and elsewhere led her to develop the Gokhale Method, a unique, systematic approach to help people find their bodies’ way back to pain-free living.

Gokhale practiced acupuncture and taught posture, dance, and yoga in her Palo Alto wellness center for over twenty years. The Gokhale Method continues to grow as qualified Gokhale Method teachers now teach the method worldwide.

Gokhale's book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into eight languages. In 2010, Gokhale hosted the nationally televised program Back Pain: The Primal Posture Solution (available on DVD).

Gokhale has taught at corporations such as Google, IDEO, Varian Medical Systems, and Facebook Inc. She has also presented at conferences including TEDx(Stanford), Ancestral Health Symposium, Weston Price Foundation Conference, and PrimalCon.  She continues to speak with physician groups including Stanford, PAMF, UCSF and has consulted for the trainers of the SF 49ers and several Stanford sports teams.

 In May 2013, The New York Times featured Esther in an article giving her the title, “The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley”.

 Esther Gokhale lives on Stanford University campus where she raised three children with her husband Brian White, chairman of the Math Department.

Cassandra's Review-  I was able to try all of the three gifts above and can say that they do work to help with my sometimes more severe back pain.  If you know someone who is suffering with back pain, this would be a great set of useful gifts that are sure to help a lot.   It also helps target other pains.

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