Stretching and working the opposing muscles (the stomach, the core) seems to really help people. I know...once your back pain goes away, right. So many of us have bad backs from slouching over the computer, driving cars, etsc...My husband gets relief from ice and advil.
Hey there. I'm a contemporary dancer,and so have had two major back injuries over the last three years. The last one left me with a rib that cracks whenever I inhale deeply. The thing that got me through it was core strengthening exercises, combined with hot bathes and massage. Its a long and annoying process,but my fantastic osteopath got me through it.
Also,I found that rolling up a small towel and lying flat with the towel under my back,along my spine, was incredibly relaxing./
I'm sorry about your back. I too am a back sufferer so I am in the same place as you. I'm SO glad you started this thread as I need some advice too. I do know that water exercises are good for your back also. Swimming laps or an exercise -in -the -pool class. At the "Y" near me they have a "river pool" that you can just walk against the current in. Haven't tried to yet but sounds good. they also have a class where you can exercise in the"river". I'll let you know how it goes. Take care and take it slow and easy. Nancy
What I would suggest to do? Before you start any exercises, I would get your doctor's approval first...I have spinal injury and I would only take advice from my doctor....He did give me exercises to do for my lower spine area...
Hope you feel better real fast....
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I have the same issues. I finally figured out that until I strengthen my abs everything is going to hurt. Burn is one thing but PAIN MEANS STOP. I can not do floor work; I do toning exercises ON MY BED. I use my Hula hoop, flexiball and Gazelle for fun, no impact workouts. Warm your muscles before you start and go as slow as you need to to keep from pulling something. The heated pool is ideal for getting started. WE CAN DO THIS, we just have to be smart about it. Listen to your body and not what worked for someone else. BEST WISHES!!!
When I worked construction I had an unfortunate accident where I fell through the main floor of a framing stage home and into the basement landing on the furnace and thus causing my now buldge in my back which is one of my discs it causes me great pain so I totally understand the frustration that comes with working out and then being in pain
What worked for me is taking it step by step....it has been 2 years since my injury and i just started working out 3 mnths ago....
I started with pilates, a basic beginner video and i followed the exercises slowly they helped stretch my back and yet at the same time the discomfort went from excruciating pain to tolerable
Now I am into alot of walking, biking((wish it didnt snow so i could use my bike more lol)) but it is a matter of pacing yourself and knowing its ok to not keep up to the video or move the fastest it is about building the muscle strength to support your body
Sorry I babbled on just I know the joys of back pain and arthritis soem days I can barely move so I do what I can and just keep moving....hope this helps
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I've had this issue for years and years and never really got good results from doctors or chiropractors. So it's become a "wait and heal" type of situation. The only problem is that it breaks my momentum. I loose the motivation to keep active.
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I began simply by walking, which my chiropractor said was a the best start. From there I have worked up to the stationary bike and gazelle. Pilates was another suggestion I was given which I am just beginning.
If you have a chiropractor, I would check with him/her or your regular doctor, who would be able to suggest exercises specific to your problem.
You should consider Callanetics. Callan Pinckney developed low impact exercises because she had a bad back. I've not tried the newest videos yet. But I've been using the ones Callan produced for years & I love them. I recently tried to do Super Callanetics & it kicked my butt. But the workout is very gentle on your back. You can find the original videos used / discounted on Amazon, Half & eBay.
Hi! After being inactive for a while,,,em...a long while, I started a fairly modest excersize routine. After a couple of weeks, the old familiar back pain sidetracked me. I've now been out of commission for about 1 week. I'd like some suggestions on safe activities that can be done that won't hurt my back. I know I need to work out my abs, but everytime I start any type of ab workout my back gives out. It's like a double edge sword at this point. Does anyone have any suggestions on particular workouts that worked for them?
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