Yvie shares gig touring tips and tips to avoid back pain

Thank you for the messages of sympathy for my back pain.

It seems like something so many of us have to endure at some point in varying degrees.

I know I’m very lucky to have had an MRI and diagnosis so soon because some people have to wait a long time to find out what’s going on.

My issue is a torn and bulging disc in my lower spine, which I sometimes think is called a herniated disc or herniated disc.

Daily physiotherapy

I’m no expert on the differences between these but in my case I have to have intense physical therapy almost daily, to strengthen the muscles around the problem area to protect it.

This will hopefully make it much less likely to recur.

Well, that’s the plan anyway, but I know I really have to work hard and do my exercises.

Yvie has an MRI of her back to find out the cause of the pain.

This aging thing isn’t funny, is it?

I used to strut around every day in high heels and run regular 5k and 10k races without ever having a heartache.

But maybe walking in heels didn’t help my posture, or maybe my posture was better with heels on because I’ve had a lot more back problems since I gave up on heels for containment.

Maybe flats keep me from walking as straight as I used to.

Could it be that Yvie’s posture is better in heels?

But if you’re slumped in a chair right now while reading this, sit down!

It’s constant advice we all need, especially when we’re slumped over our computers and cell phones.

I also have a slight curvature in my spine and most definitely blame cell phone reading posture for that.

If you see me going out, feel free to yell at me if my head isn’t held high.

Tour bus

A few weeks ago, I told you about the tourist bus trip.

Thank goodness my back didn’t play when I slept on these bunks.

Many of you seemed quite interested in the life on tour, so the next time I live that life, I’ll share some of the happenings with you.

Sing to thousands

Anyway, the reason I go on tour is to be with artists who do huge gigs and have to sing in front of thousands of people every night.

In order to sing in tune and hear yourself and the band, you need to have those special things like hearing aids inserted in your ears.

They’re called in-ear monitors and they not only allow the singer to hear, but they actually shield the ears from music volume and crowd noise.

It is not only the singer who wears them but also everyone next to the stage, including all the musicians and the technical team.

Performers wear monitors in their ears during gigs so they can hear themselves and the band above all other noise.

We also use them as a means of communication because the stage manager and sound engineers can talk to us during the show.

It’s actually great because we have a connection with each other that the audience can’t hear.

It was time for me to have some new ears fitted this week as we have to upgrade them from time to time.

I posted a photo of me having my new ones cast by my wonderful audiologist Giselle on social media and was inundated with questions from people who had no idea what I was doing.

It’s something I’m so used to seeing, that I didn’t realize how strange it looked.

Here is the photo of Giselle and me in action!

Yvie has her intra-auricular fitted with audiologist Giselle.

I have to have a loose jaw to open up the space in the ear that’s why the white thing is in my mouth and then it injects some kind of plasticine into each ear which hardens and then becomes a mold that can be removed scanned and sent to LA to have the monitors made to fit my ears exactly.

When the new ones are ready, I’ll let you see them.

We can choose any color or have them customized with rhinestones, for example.

Mine will be pretty basic as I don’t have the budget of someone like Beyoncé who probably has real diamonds in hers.

Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy Carter arrive at a movie premiere in Los Angeles with a lot of fanfare.

I guess all hearing aids could be customized as well.

I did not think about that. Maybe my Aunt Margaret will be the coolest woman in the nursing home if I order her some diamonds.

Have a nice week everyone, shoulders back, head held high!

Yvie x

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