Thread: Back Problems
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Old 05-16-2005, 07:08 AM   #2
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Re: Back Problems

1 in 3 people have back problems during their life and my next door neighbour actually killed himself due to the chronic pain from a back problem. My point is - be very very careful with your back. Unfortunately students I've known who have had back problems can have it exaserbated by aikido - although I believe aikido can strengthen your back, it can be very hard to protect the bone and muscle once it is severely damaged.

My advice is, try and see the most qualified people you can, make sure you get a second opinion, and follow their advice. Also, from the experience of friends, many modern doctors are often at a loss as to what to do with back problems (you'll get the standard; 'rest it' solution or radiotherapy) - often alternative therapists seem to have some success.

Hope this is of some help!


Last edited by ian : 05-16-2005 at 07:10 AM.

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