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Old 05-09-2007, 02:48 AM   #1
Lorien Lowe
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back injury

Hi-
I injured my back in a minor but non-negligible way about a month ago (not at the dojo); I've been doing the exercises recommended by my doctor, but haven't gotten to the point that I was before. For those of you who have injured your backs,
1)how long before you started training again
2)how did training affect your injury, if at all?

thanks
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:18 AM   #2
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Re: back injury

What sort of injury did you sustain? The extend of an injury can define whether one can return to his training programm or avoid exercise alltother. It varies, doesn't it?
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Old 05-09-2007, 03:57 PM   #3
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Re: back injury

Yep. Lorien, "back injury" is WAAAY too general a term for anybody else's anecdotal info to inform your case meaningfully. If you have a specific diagnosis for a specific body part, those who have experienced that specific thing would be a good source of input for you.

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Old 05-09-2007, 07:22 PM   #4
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Re: back injury

See Your Chiropractic Doctor!!
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Old 05-10-2007, 07:45 AM   #5
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Re: back injury

I have had several different back injuries and currently continue to train with a back condition. IMHO, get a competent and thorough examination and evaluation to know what you are actually dealing with. You can make it worse.

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Old 05-10-2007, 07:32 PM   #6
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Re: back injury

I don't know what Lorien's injury was, but I'm interested in the answer for anyone who's had a herniated disc...

...with or without surgery to "fix" it.

-John
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Old 05-10-2007, 07:42 PM   #7
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Re: back injury

Hi John,

http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11275

http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9959

Thought you might want to read those.

Karen
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Old 05-10-2007, 08:42 PM   #8
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Re: back injury

Karen -

Thanks for pointing me to those. You've given me some hope!

-John
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:02 PM   #9
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You're welcome!

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Old 05-12-2007, 07:53 AM   #10
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Re: back injury

I actually started my training whilst undergoing Physio for a back injury.

I am absolutely convinced that practicing Aikido helped my back improve. More than anything else, it helped me to relax, which quickened the recovery.

Having said all of that, obviously, I took things slowly. And my Sensei was aware of everything.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:15 PM   #11
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Re: back injury

Best guess is that this was a pulled muscle. Western PA and Chiropracter both gave me some exercises and stretches to do, and those have been gradually helping, but it seemed like it was taking forever to get better.

I bought a 'memory foam' matress topper, and it's addition to my matress has coincided with a dramatic improvement in how good my back feels on a day-to-day basis. However, I'd been doing the stretches for a month before I got the topper, so maybe they just happened to start working at the same time. Thinking about going back to practice next week, depending on how I feel after a weekend of work.
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:55 PM   #12
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Re: back injury

Thanks for update, Lorien - hope you are back on the mat soon!

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Old 05-20-2007, 09:48 PM   #13
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Re: back injury

If you just pulled a muscle, it takes about 6 weeks to heal completely.
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:28 AM   #14
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Re: back injury

I sustained a lower back injury from improper lifting technique on one of thode long days at the fish market.I rested up for two weeks and began core training.This helped me alot.At the time I was training SOMBO&Judo which was pretty hardcore and managed through every training session with minimal pain for about another month before it was gone.From what I've seen,Aikido (if performed correctly) is not as hard on your back as these two and keeping in mind,A friend of mine who first sparked my passion for Aikido by "putting me down" a few times had a slipped disk at the time.CORE training really works.After seeing a Doc, go speak with a good quality Personal Trainer (like myself,hehe) and find out more.

Good luck mate
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:28 PM   #15
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Re: back injury

How's the back doing, Lorien?
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:14 AM   #16
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Re: back injury

Better, with occasional twinges now and then. It's hard to say whether the twinges are left-overs from the injury, or simply due to the fact that I'm paying more attention now. Am back in the dojo, trying to go a couple of times per week - but sooo out of shape!
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Old 09-05-2007, 02:47 AM   #17
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Re: back injury

I started training about 2 weeks after I injured my back. It took me about 1 year and a half to feel like normal again.

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Old 09-06-2007, 04:05 PM   #18
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Re: back injury

I also credit aikido with fixing my back problems. When I began training I frequently had sever lower back muscle spasms. I had some setbacks at first, but after about 1 1/2 years I was surprised by the lack of pain. That lasted until I botched a fly over break fall. That took about a half year to get over.
I think that rolls and back falls are mostly what help, because you stretch, massage, and exercise the back muscles each time you take a fall.
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