See my previous post here for a bit of my medical history (CP, etc): http://paleohacks.com/questions/93048/paleo-and-disability-my-story-but-curious-about-yours
A more specific question related to those issues. Anyone here had experience with the Feldenkrais Method? As much as I love the idea of something like MovNat, I really need something rehabilitative first.
Secondly, I know there's books on this. So should I tech myself, or is it actually worth going to a PT who knows the method or finding workshops?
A skilled Feldenkrais practitioner can help you to re-establish your overall coordination and awareness as you move. Feldenkrais is not a "magic bullet" or a treatment. It IS an amazing process that will streamline everything you do, and can provide a foundation not only for your recovery, but to prevent future injury.
You might enjoy checking out the blog at http://malepatternfitness.com . Andrew is a hard-core bodybuilder who has found the subtlety and nuance of the Feldenkrais Method to be super-valuable in improving his performance.
I don't have experience with Feldenkrais, but have been seeing an Egoscue therapist since last October shortly after an orthopedic surgeon prescribed fusing nearly my entire lower lumbar spine (yikes).
Like Feldenrkrias or Alexander or even strength training systems like Body By Science (which I did up until my unrelated back fail), Egoscue is straightforward in principle and could be done on your own.
But if you have access to a trainer or therapist and can afford it, I definitely recommend going the assisted route. I've found it very helpful to have someone answer questions, encourage me, and frankly push me.
After knee surgery, I began to favor one side, so I had to seek out methods to help address that. I used Egoscue, Active Release Therapy, Position Release Therapy, Structural Alignment and Pilates (reformer based, not floor). I'd suggest trying different techniques to find whatever addresses your issues best.
I just found your page and am grateful, I am saying that with a smile since tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I see you guys haven't posted since February so I am taking my chances that you will see this.
I too am struggling with issues of pain, mainly in hips and low back but now in wrist and hand. I am reading and researching info on Egoscue and Feldenkrais as quickly as I can and would love to find someone within driving distances that I could consult with. I am in central florida and found (via internet) on the west coast, Sarasota , a Felednkrais clinic so that is a possibility. Also I am looking at videos of feldenkrais but haven't found any videos of people doing egoscue e-sises, that would be helpful. I am excited about these methodologies as they make sense to me. I would just be happier if I could find a support person. As I am typing this I decided to call my massage therapist that I have not seen in awhile. I stopped going to her about the same time I discovered that I was gluten intolerant and I was thrilled to learn this as I thought it would address inflammation and therefore my chronic pain issues. However it only seems to be addressing digestive issues and I feel like the pain issues are musculurskeletal in nature. Hopefully she will have some suggestions or insight.