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TROWBRK Posts: 629
11/6/10 6:45 A

After my back surgery I worked in a pool with a physical therapist for the first month and worked with the same therapist for two months building balance and strength out side of the pool. I now walk and do low impact exercise videos.

RENA1965 Posts: 17,878
11/6/10 2:22 A

I couldn't use the machine in the photo, as the resistance pushed against my back making it hard for me to breath pain radicated from my back to my chest-I used

I also do

these make strong trapizuis muscles- and are what keep my back in place..
I do these really slowly..

and have advanced onto 1 year to get them working 3 sets of 7-10 reps I can do these but the bar at my gym is too high off the floor so I do 1 or 2 on the smith machine and
now do 3 sets of 7-10 wide arm supine pullups..

I am now painkiller free with a sports induced stress fractured c6-7.. The first year I was in pain- as I keep doing stuff I have good days and bad days.. I was using 1200mg ibumetin and up daily before I lost my weight and started strength training s-l-o-w-l-y..

I have to gear down some days and when I have a good day go at it.. I never know what my back will do, but I don't give up.. I also make sure I have extra mats doing crunches and avoid equipment pressing against my back.. Some rotation machines directly annoy my spinal problem- result up to week off the gym.. When hanging sometimes it feels a huge relief and I hear my back clicking when doing vertical leg raises..
Strong core muscles help alot..
I feel I have reached status quo.. My back is not getting worse and I can hold down my job.. I do have rights to a pension but I am too young to sit at home and feel sorry for myself..

Edited by: RENA1965 at: 11/6/2010 (02:38)
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11/6/10 12:55 A

I would talk to your doctor or physical therapist before starting any exercise because of your surgical history, but I think a fairly gentle yoga class might be a good place to start.

11/6/10 12:31 A

Does anyone know any beginner exercises for the lower back and core that is gentle. Had back surgery for the 2nd time, last surgery was a year ago last May and I really need to get my core stronger.

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