Back and Neck Injury/Abnormal Posture

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Everything I have read about Somatics leads me to believe it is exactly what I need to correct my situation.  Unfortunately, when I do lesson 1 and 2 from Thomas Hanna's Somatics book,  my foot starts to go numb.  I believe I developed my strange posture from lifting weights incorrectly.  In the middle of my thoracic spine in between my scapulae' my spine curves anteriorly.  I have forward head and my shoulders are rounded.  I also have increased lordosis in my lumbar spine.  As a result of this posture I developed a buldging disc L5-S1.  I had a microdiscectomy.  But it didn't resolve my problems.  I was approved for a prosthetic disc sugery but felt without correcting my posture more problems would occur.  I feel as if the anterior curve between my scapulae is the source of all my problems.  Do you have any suggestions?  Thanks

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Hi, Tim,

As you may guess, your foot goes numb from nerve compression at the spine, probably at L2/S1.

Do only Cat Stretch lesson 1 until you cease to get improvements of control and movement; then proceed to lesson 2 and do only lesson 2.

You may have tight "deep spinal" extensors.

Please add the movements shown at the following links to lesson 1.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1ePmqUs6Jk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP0juLG_cNg

If you have tight hamstrings, you'll need to do the somatic exercise for tight hamstrings:
http://somatics.com/video_pages/hamstrings_video.htm

Once you have done lesson 2 to completion, do this movement:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AvtHXqvJHY

You may get The Cat Stretch Program in audio form here:
http://somatics.com/page7-cat_audio.htm

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