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Yoga
#11
Pilates helped with my back a couple of years ago, but been suffering with constant back pain lately and this time it's not making any difference, so i'd be interested if you find anything that helps Mike. Part of the reason i haven't been riding much lately is due to this, as you say you can't put the power down. Part of the reason i took up kayaking is because it's supposed to be really good for your back as it works all your core muscles, but asside from it not hurting while i'm paddling any more, it's still just as bad the rest of the time. And i refuse to spend £35 a time at the ostiopath's as that has never sorted it for more than a couple of days, only good thing to come out of that was him telling me to stretch my lower back before getting out of bed, buteven that doesn't help now Sad Think what i need is a new back! This should maybe have gone in the Rant thread.
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#12
You should stop visiting cheap Osteopaths Smile

I'll let you know how I get on. It could just be all this excess blubber on my stomach is stressing it  :B
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#13
"General Sparks" Wrote:It could just be all this excess blubber on my stomach is stressing it  :B

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#14
I've been following a guy called Kelly Starrett for a while (not literally because that would be weird). He has a book called "how to be a supple leopard" - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Becoming-Supple-...1936608588. He's a bit American but very good at what he does.

He advocates a hip flexor stretch I do and it very good but is very uncomfortable to start off with;
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#15
Complete series of yoga for cyclists videos here -

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#16
I found yoga was quite helpful when my back was bad, just make sure your instructor is aware of your back pain as some exercises can cause further issues (eg Avril's suggested back stretch really aggravated my condition). Be careful of taking advice without proper consultation. I also think you're right to be cautious of full sit-ups, especially without balancing the lower back muscles

Treehugger - were you given exercises by the osteopath? Did you keep them up? Most people give them up over time and wonder why the condition returns...  I still have to do core exercises and stretches every day and if I miss them too regularly I really notice it
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#17
&quot;General Sparks&quot; Wrote:You should stop visiting cheap Osteopaths Smile

I'll let you know how I get on. It could just be all this excess blubber on my stomach is stressing it  :B

Haha likewise :B
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#18
&quot;pittgoat&quot; Wrote:I found yoga was quite helpful when my back was bad, just make sure your instructor is aware of your back pain as some exercises can cause further issues (eg Avril's suggested back stretch really aggravated my condition). Be careful of taking advice without proper consultation. I also think you're right to be cautious of full sit-ups, especially without balancing the lower back muscles

Treehugger - were you given exercises by the osteopath? Did you keep them up? Most people give them up over time and wonder why the condition returns...  I still have to do core exercises and stretches every day and if I miss them too regularly I really notice it

He just told me to stretch it every morning, bringing knees up to chest and rolling my knees left and right while keeping shoulders flat on the bed. To be fair it was ok for a year or so, but has now flaired up again and the stretching doesn't help, and i have done nothing that i can remember to trigger it off.
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#19
&quot;pittgoat&quot; Wrote:I found yoga was quite helpful when my back was bad, just make sure your instructor is aware of your back pain as some exercises can cause further issues (eg Avril's suggested back stretch really aggravated my condition). Be careful of taking advice without proper consultation. I also think you're right to be cautious of full sit-ups, especially without balancing the lower back muscles

Treehugger - were you given exercises by the osteopath? Did you keep them up? Most people give them up over time and wonder why the condition returns...  I still have to do core exercises and stretches every day and if I miss them too regularly I really notice it

Fair & sensible point Mr Goat. A proper assessment will identify the problem & correct solution. You only have one back after all.
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#20
Andy, how is your mattress. That is often the root of back trouble.
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