The Project: Kuwait

Haya, Meg and Mahdi Discuss: What Your Back Pain Might Be Telling You and Ways to Relieve it and Specific Stretches That Can Aid You in Your Everyday Life

August 10, 2019 Season 1 Episode 63
The Project: Kuwait
Haya, Meg and Mahdi Discuss: What Your Back Pain Might Be Telling You and Ways to Relieve it and Specific Stretches That Can Aid You in Your Everyday Life
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The Project: Kuwait
Haya, Meg and Mahdi Discuss: What Your Back Pain Might Be Telling You and Ways to Relieve it and Specific Stretches That Can Aid You in Your Everyday Life
Aug 10, 2019 Season 1 Episode 63
The Project Kuwait
On this episode of the Project Kuwait podcast, Mahdi, Meg, and Haya talk about back pain, ways to relieve it, and specific stretches that can aid you in your everyday life. Meg recently attended a workshop that opened her eyes to the power of decompression breathing and activating your core muscles to wrap around your spine and potentially relieve chronic back pain. She also mentions that pain in different areas of your back can be related to specific emotional stressors. They also get into the tendency of doctors to just prescribe medication or recommend surgery in some instances rather than suggesting physiotherapy and healthier lifestyle choices to their patients. Many people can find relief and even healing just by making better choices and putting in the work necessary for strategic strengthening of key muscles.
Show Notes

 

Time Stamps:

2:55 – Mahdi’s accomplishments while training for his upcoming competition in Istanbul.

5:19 – Meg’s dad has chosen to live a healthier and more active lifestyle this year and Meg reports on his great progress.

11:31 – Destroying narratives we have grown up believing and changing our mindsets.

13:32 – Gaining longevity and feeling younger despite people warning you that you’re going to get hurt.

16:05 – Find something you want to do because you enjoy it and don’t let other people’s experiences affect what you believe.

17:23 – Meg talks about a recent workshop she attended that completely changed how she thinks about back pain and she describes the specifics of decompression breathing.

21:36 – Meg walks Mahdi and Haya through a decompression breathing exercise.

25:08 – Consistency is key – if you want to see results with anything, you need to do it consistently.

28:57 – Emotional reasons for metaphysical pain and ways to alleviate both.

30:33 – Meg describes how bird dogs and dead bugs help with stability and mobility.

32:20 – MRIs are one picture at one point in time and should not be viewed as a life sentence.

33:57 – Mahdi talks about his experience with doctors in Kuwait rushing people to surgery when physical therapy and healthy habits could have solved the problem.

36:48 – Sometimes people choose the immediacy and convenience of medicine and surgery rather than putting in the work to help you body heal itself.

37:55 – Mahdi integrates “stopping” exercises into his warmup routine.

40:01 – The mind-body connection and the importance of not rushing through. Haya talks about the connection between grip strength and pulling strength, urging people to ditch the straps.

42:38 – Haya talks about her very agile hamstrings and the work she is doing to make her ankles and calves more mobile.

45:28 – Recognizing where you are starting from and correcting any imbalances.

46:50 – Everyone is built differently. Pain is information and different than discomfort.

 

Links: 

Dr. Goodman videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOkRpabTWz-G5dRqsABppDQ 

 

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