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Old 11-24-2005, 11:49 AM   #1
Location: swansea wales
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 250
United Kingdom

Any tips on the old backache problems that arrise from an extra heavy night of ukemi, or some awkward ukemi received.

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Old 11-24-2005, 12:03 PM   #2
Anat Amitay
Dojo: Nes- Ziona, "the red house"
Location: Israel
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 137
Re: backache

Hi Justin,
well- if your problem is more than muscle sorness- you should get checked by an Orthopedic doctor (cases like bulging disk etc.).
If it's just muscle ache-
a hot shower, letting the water "beat" on your back for some time is good, and when getting out of the shower- keeping the back warm (not walking around without a shirt, on the opposite- wearing a shirt and even taking a scarf or something and tying it around the area that hurts).
different balms are known to help a little- tiger balm, ben- gay, voltaren... but since it's your back, you need another person to really massage it into the skin.
there are some excersices for gentle strecthing of the back that is recommended for people with lower back pain. these are done in bed, before going to sleep- but since I don't know how severe your case is, I'd rather you ask a doctor or have a sesson with a physiotherapist.
Hope you feel better!
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Old 11-24-2005, 08:54 PM   #3
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland Texas
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,652
Re: backache

It's hard to comment on your question since you were not very specific about what happened and what you are experiencing complaint-wise.
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Old 11-25-2005, 03:26 AM   #4
Dojo: Ki dojo
Location: Ljubljana
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 102
Re: backache

If it's muscle sorness, then a massage to warm, strech and relax the muscles does wonders. Especially if one is so lucky to have a partner willing to give it to you. Love heals!

Otherwise there are a zillion herbal oils and ointments that help. Look for stuff made of essential oils of eucalypt, chammomil, lemongrass, juniper, marjory, lavender, rosemary... They all warm the muscles.

But if the pain was caused by smashing into the mat one time too many (and especially if there is bruising) look for stuff to cool the sore spots rather than warm them.

If, however, the issue is bone-related, then by all means go see a doctor. I have great experience with a chiropractor - he certainly did more for me than all the docs put together - but you decide for yourself.
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Old 11-25-2005, 05:54 AM   #5
Nick Simpson
Dojo: White Rose Aikido - Durham University
Location: Gateshead
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 916
United Kingdom
Re: backache

In the short term: A Hot bath, Massage and some stretching.

In the long run: Try and make your ukemi as light as possible, dont take big falls if you dont have to. It will save you a lot of grief later.

They're all screaming about the rock n roll, but I would say that it's getting old. - REFUSED.
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Old 11-25-2005, 08:22 AM   #6
Location: swansea wales
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 250
United Kingdom
Re: backache

cheers for all your suggestions shall try them all, feeling a lot better now was just one of those heavy training nights where my ukemi got a bit messy, the next day i paid the price with some backache nothing serious thankfully.

thanks all
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