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Discussion: Back pain

in: bl; bl > 2019-05-19

May 21, 2019 1:53 PM # 
Sorry to hear of your chronic back problems. I thought the theory was that as we age, those discs become tougher and shrink, often reducing disc bulges and pain. Apparently only for some.

I used to have extreme back pains when I was younger. But I started sleeping on the floor, sporadically followed PT's advice on exercises, and lost some weight. Back pains slowly went away. I bought a new 'extra-firm' expensive bed and started sleeping with a thin pillow under my hips to ensure lower back was fully supported at night.

Now I follow Charlie's lead, bought a Concept II, and do a lot of indoor rowing...every stroke is a bit of traction. Haven't had a back problem in 20 years! So there is hope. Good luck.
May 21, 2019 11:37 PM # 
Chronic isn't the right word. LBP has been plaguing me for the past 4-5 months. It's not a herniated disc in that there is no radiation (sciatica). Certainly the mattress one uses very important. Also some driver's car seats are better than others. I use a rolled up towel at LB level driving one of ours or note exacerbation.

Rowing ("light traction") sounds like one successful solution. My problem/"fault" is that I don't take the time to address what I'll call classic "lumbago". But better than a herniated disc. Fingers crossed re that. Meanwhile, take the time to get "down to basics". :-)
May 22, 2019 11:58 PM # 
May I recommend a Tush-Cush everytime you sit for longer than 15 minutes. Also 10 minutes of exercises every other day to strengthen inner muscles that keep the L disks apart might do the trick. Also - pull your belly in, relax - deep breathing etc. ...

BTW Is your new puppy a labradoodle ? So cute. Nancy saw the picture - I think she wants one....
May 23, 2019 1:00 AM # 
I'll take a look at a Tush-Cush. Probably thru occupational health insight, some office workers (college students too) elect to work or study standing up. When I walked thru my college library about a year ago, there were several variations on the old sit-study at a desk or table.

Willow is a goldendoodle - golden retriever and a (small) standard poodle mix.
May 23, 2019 10:24 AM # 
Alas, back pain has been a constant companion for 20 years now. Some improvement this year mostly from a daily yoga session, but a day of driving is a real setback, and running is usually a trigger too. I was most uncomfortable at the Billygoat. Ernst, are there particular exercises you recommend? Always willing to try something.

As to Willow, I plan to call your breeder today. Not ready just yet, but might like to have one around September, and she looks like just the right kind of dog for us.
May 23, 2019 3:19 PM # 
Reading the note from chitown, I thought that while the Concept II is an excellent machine, the training value from it is pretty minimal if it sits alone in the corner. Clark is doing the right thing, hopping on every morning and putting it through its paces. So I was reminded that just buying one is not enough, and I sat down for a quick spin this morning. For a variety of reasons I've barely touched mine in the last couple of years.

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