Re: back pain and aikido
This is a topic near and dear to me. I believe I aggravated a back condition about a year ago by taking a forward breakfall on a crowded mat. to avoid a collision, I "scrunched" myself to avoid hitting someon else. Anyway, after getting this checked out, I had cortisone injection done, which helped. Later, one of my aikido students told me about a system of stretching developed by Richard Rossiter called "Rossiter workouts". These stretches are VERY effective at dealing with pain quickly. I've been to rolfers, MD's, DO's, chiros, massage, done ice and Aleve, etc, but I've found Rossiter stuff to be very helpful for me, and they don't take long to do. Worth checking out, IMO.