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      03-07-2011, 11:59 AM   #23
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Switch from a squat rack to a leg press machine. It's a lot easier to make sure your back is in proper alignment and KEEP it there on the press. Plus, you can do a lot more weight (that your legs can actually handle easily) if you are not trying to hol dup the weight in a squat rack.

For stretch, you'll look like a ghey *** doing them, but the "cat stretches" help limber up the lower spine and make things less painful. On hands and knees, roll your spine up like a pissed cat. Then roll down and stretch your ass up into the air (the gheyest part) Keep the abs tight all the way through.
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Lmaoo I'll try that
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Have you tried spinal decompression exercises? I do them everyday after my back got f@#$*@ up after an IED strike. They work wonders for me and it doesn't hurt to walk anymore. Any doctor, including your M.D. with a family practice, can show you how to do them and may be able to help you before it becomes a chronic problem.

I have to ask this: have you thought about getting into a pool? Take it from me ( as a former HS and college swimmer) that swimming REALLY IS the best workout you can get. Cross training in the water will help your weight lifting regimen like you couldn't imagine. Just a thought...
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I'm THIS close to moving my motorcycle back outside into the clam shell housing so I can get one of those inversion tables. My FAVORITE (physical) activity at yoga was hanging upside down, legs wrapped in a rope. The decompression of the spine is nearly orgasmic.
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The decompression of the spine is nearly orgasmic.
nope, that just all the blood rushing to your head
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Haha.....

MD, PT's, or Chiros: could it just be muscle spasms? I had similar symptoms a few months back and my MD prescribed limited exercise (mostly regular walking) and NSAIDS (Ibuprofen) and suggesting serious stretching exercises...it eventually subsided and I am good now....
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thanks for the advice guys. I've been pain free for 2 weeks now and am being very careful. The pain comes back when i start working out my abs but i do a nice 15 minute stretch afterwards and it goes away usually. I haven't tried decompression but sounds really good I think I'll try to hang form something and see if it works. Do you really need to be upside down? my balance sucks
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This is very vague, but lower back pain is an indication of weak abs. If you do squats, sprints, jogs, etc and your lower back starts to get sore, start working on your abs more.
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Haha.....

MD, PT's, or Chiros: could it just be muscle spasms? I had similar symptoms a few months back and my MD prescribed limited exercise (mostly regular walking) and NSAIDS (Ibuprofen) and suggesting serious stretching exercises...it eventually subsided and I am good now....
absolutely can be an isolated incident, but at some point their had to be some sort of exacerbating activity/event that cause symptom onset. So while rest and anti-inflammatory meds were able to decrease those acute symptoms, what's to say that it won't happen again and/or turn into an chronic-episodic injury. The goal is to learn how to prevent those injuries, by teaching proper mechanics with exercise and/or strengthening supporting stabilizers/core muscles.....

glad you haven't had another exacerbation, hope that you continue not to...


I think we've all stated the two most important things here repetitively:

1) correct posture/form
2) strengthen your core
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it has been almost a month and no back pains. I started working out my lower back a lot more (deadlifts, rows, etc) I noticed that if I do abs the same day I work out my lower back, it starts hurting, but if its a different day then theres no pain. I think it was just my lower back not being as developed as the rest of my body.
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