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ceejie

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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2006 4:19:26 PM

Hi Everyone,
I have herniated disks in my lower back and neck. I have tried doing some exercises for my stomach and legs. I use a chair to do some leg exercises but I don't know of any for my stomach since I cannot do sit ups. Any advice? I walk everyday 3 times a day but that does not help your stomach especially after you are older. Thanks ahead for any suggestions.
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2006 10:48:02 PM

The best way for you to exercise would be inside a swimming pool. The environment is totally non impact and will not put strain on your joints. You can perform a variety of exercises inside a swimming pool with a fuller range of motion that if you were on land. It is also a perfect environment for any sort of therapeutic exercises that you may need as well. The cooler water will also hold more oxygen in your blood and allow you to exercise for a longer period of time thus increasing the overall efficiency of the program.
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jrj-mama
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2006 1:19:53 PM

My former trainer showed me some "alternative crunches" that can be done from atop a Fitball. One way had me laying on my back over the ball & doing very mild crunches, the other way -(which was more ideal for my L4/5 ruptured discs) was to be in a push up position (arms straight out so that my body was aligned aralell to the floor, with the fitball under my knees, I would then pull & tuck my legs up under me so that the fitball had rolled up under my ankles which are now tucked up under my abdomen.
I'ts somewhat hard to describe & I'm sure even harder to picture. I'll try to find out what book it came from & get back to you. I've seen it in several "Core Excercise" type books and classes.
DO NOT TRY THIS WITHOUT A SPOTTER and ALSO UNTIL YOU HAVE YOUR DOCTOR"S APPROVAL! PLEASE!!!!
Until you are used to this move AND have built up you arm & upper back strength, it's easy to get hurt & may not be good if you've got neck issues anyhow.
Good Luck to you!
Are you a surgical candidate? I had a micro-discechtomy 2 years ago last Saturday. I can't tell you enough good things about how it turned out for me. I hope your cure comes fast - I know your pain.

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