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back problems

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by farmerjerome, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    I've tweaked my back before, but I've never been in as much constant pain as I am in now.

    I really noticed a few weeks ago after I ran and worked a bunch (bending, lifting unloading trucks).

    So how do you get rid of back problems. Chiropractor and pilates have helped a little.

    Should I take time off from work to let myself heal? Ice/heat? Firm mattress/soft mattress? Gunshot/bottle of pills?
  2. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    A no-strings attached massage from Dr. J.
  3. Pringle

    Pringle Active Member

    Work on core strength - mostly abs. It will help a bunch.
  4. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    That didn't work.
  5. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I'd take some Motrin or something and lay on your back for a day. Don't get up unless you need to. Let the back muscles relax and work themselves back into place.

    Either that, or call Boots for an, um, adjustment.
  6. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    Rest, rest, rest.
  7. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    Not butt problems, back problems. ;D
  8. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Breast reduction. :D
  9. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member


    Bend from the knees, not your waist.
  10. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    I highly recommend the preventive (and emergency) maintenance suggested in this book:

  11. Farmer J,

    I've had back problems for years. For the last two years, I've largely been pain-free. Obviously, I'm no doctor, so I don't know the specifics of your injury, but here's what has helped me:

    Managing pain once you've tweaked it:

    Any sort of pain-killer will do. I use Advil or Momentum. A muscle relaxant before bed. Alternating hot and cold compresses helps stimulate bloodflow to the damaged region. A few visits to the chiropractor gets things back on track. Stretch often, despite the pain, and walk around a lot.

    Preventive care:

    If I'm going to the gym often, working on my abs and back, and stretching often, I never have problems. ... When I get in a rut at work and get off that schedule, it is practically guaranteed that 3-4 weeks later, I throw my back out.

    One thing I always need to do is stretch my hamstrings a lot. ... I try and do this at least a couple times per day. Your hips and hammies apparently have a big effect on the lower back, so my chiropractor is always hammering that home. Stretch a lot.
  12. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Been there. Done that. Helps a lot. All I'm sayin'.
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