Virgo Health And The Issues That Arise From It!


Virgo Health

Have you ever complained about your back and quick as a flash the response was, ‘…Go see my back guy, he’s the best…’ Well, I’ve experienced this many times. In fact, if I had a pound every time I heard this, I’d probably be around £94 better off.

I first suffered a slipped disc at the age of 16, but I actually chose to ignore it. I simply thought it was a ‘growing pain’ and my GP was oblivious to my symptoms and dosed me up on ibuprofen. As I eventually became immune to them I began to seek others means to cure this bizarre hot searing pain venturing down the back of my leg.

Virgo Health

CUPPING: If it’s good enough for Gwyneth, it’s good enough for me!

As a junior hairstylist working in Hampstead, I was never short of clients eager to help me with recommendations to see their ‘back guy/girl’. I eventually had a huge pile of business cards ranging from acupuncturists, healers, osteopaths, physiotherapist and something I later discovered to be known as cupping. Gwyneth Paltrow made it popular – don’t you know!? I was so desperate I tried them all at huge expense to my wallet. Nothing seemed to work until one day it would all eventually change.

It was whilst I was styling a new clients hair and I began to moan about this pain in my leg. She asked me to describe the symptoms, and once I did, she told me it sounded like a back problem and I should go see a back consultant and insist on an MRI.

An MRI? What’s that? I’d never heard of it. She explained it’s a very detailed scan that would be able to determine what’s causing the pain. You have to realise that it was 1997 when I had this discussion, and MRI’s were not as widely used at the time due to their expensive running costs.

Virgo Health – Lower Back Problem

Nevertheless, I managed to have the scan and it revealed a major herniated disc at L4/5. (Very common apparently) My consultant suggested he should operate immediately because nothing else would solve the pain due to the fact it slipped 4 years prior.

Imagine my relief when finally after spending hundreds if not thousands of pounds on alternative therapies to discover what the problem was I now had a definite answer. The downside of course was that I had to have the slipped disc removed with surgery. I had the operation the following week, and all went well for about 18 months when I slipped the disc above (L3/4) whilst at the gym. Had surgery, fixed it and then slipped the original disc (L4/5) 2 years after that.

As you can see I haven’t had much Virgo health luck with my back but I did discover yet another back relieving therapy to add to my list. Pilates. I love it, and is actually great for making the back stronger.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go Pilates as much as I should have in the last couple of years, and after 10 years of living without a herniated disc I managed to slip the original disc (L4/5) yet AGAIN!

In February this year I had my third back op by my surgeon whom I’ve known for 10 years. I’m in the pool 3 times a week by 6 in the morning, and with the help of my awesome physio who looks like Cate Blanchett I’m well on the way to a full recovery.

Therefore, as you can see from the above, if someone said to me they’ve got a bad back, with the experiences I’ve had, I’d be one of those annoying people that would say, ‘…Go see my back guy, he’s the best…’

Virgo Man


  1. If you slipped a disc it’s bescuae you have tight back muscles for they are pulling your vertebrae together hard enough to cause the disc to slip out of it’s natural setting. Getting the pressure off the vertebrae will let the disc go back to where it belongs and is done by freeing up your back muscles which will also get rid of the pain you have. Here’s how to free up those muscles to fix the slipped disc:Back:(do from a sitting position)Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder, fingers over the back and the palm in the front and firmly pull down on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed. This will put you where you can get back to playing tennis right away.

  2. When do we get to see the front side? ;)

    • Virgo Man is a little bit shy (sometimes) and may need some coaxing first! :)

      Besides, I love to leave it to others imagination as to what I look like!


  3. Hmmm… Well, I have quite the imagination! ;)

  4. Hello, Virgo Man! You may want to take up Pilates some day – you will strengthen your core, and all your back problems will disappear. Get clearance first from your doctor and your physio. You won’t regret it, and you will end up with your maximally best body to boot! :-) Virgo Woman

    • Thanks for the advice,

      I actually have been doing Pilates for a number of years and found that it is awesome and really helps.

      Sadly in London to use the machines, (Reformer etc)costs a lot of money so I just do a lot of mat work.

      Where are you based? You’re not in London by any chance!? any recommendations where to go?


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