Ron Tisdale wrote:
Herniated and bulging discs, osteophytes pinching a nerve that runs into my shoulder and down my arm. Numbness and not fun pain. Working on it...
As a suggestion, try holding your head up, like it's suspended from a rope, and let your butt relax and pull down on the spine. Just enough to extend things a bit. Tiring at first, but as your muscles get used to the idea, they'll work past the newness. Gets rid of a lot of compression-related problems in many people. It also is the basis for the sort of power that Rob John mentions in his exercises, BTW.