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Re: Back problems

Unread post by lodge » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:17 pm

but I still owe a lot to the swimming,has helped me a great deal
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Re: Back problems

Unread post by cage » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:22 pm

lodge wrote:How is yor back now cage ?
Much, much better. Nerves take a long time to heal.
My pilates twice a week has made a huge difference.
No aches and even the torture chair that is a Bell seat doesn't bug me.
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Re: Back problems

Unread post by lodge » Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:58 pm

Great news Cage,nice to hear,my kee is giving me problems at the moment.
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Re: Back problems

Unread post by nugpot » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:54 pm

cage wrote: My pilates twice a week has made a huge difference.
I know this is quite an old thread, but I haven't visited the site for a while.

Glad that you are improving cage. I have had back problems for many decades (courtesy of Mssrs Martin and Baker) and have taken career decisions based on it, turning down two great opportunities which involved long-haul ops. In fact, my back might be the single biggest reason why I am gusting 10000 hrs on the CRJ2.

I my case, I have had a disc replacement in my neck and had been able to manage the lower back stuff with biokinetics (like pilates, just different ..) and other small lifestyle changes. Lately, age has caught up and I have had more problems, but I'll try and avoid the operation for as long as I'm able.

My small contribution to your continued recovery is to make sure that you maintain the curve in your spine while flying. Even if you have to take a lumbar support cushion or adjust the seat's lumbar support to force your belly button forward relative to your hips and shoulders. You can thank me later. :wink:
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Re: Back problems

Unread post by cage » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:56 pm

nugpot wrote:
cage wrote: My pilates twice a week has made a huge difference.
I know this is quite an old thread, but I haven't visited the site for a while.

Glad that you are improving cage. I have had back problems for many decades (courtesy of Mssrs Martin and Baker) and have taken career decisions based on it, turning down two great opportunities which involved long-haul ops. In fact, my back might be the single biggest reason why I am gusting 10000 hrs on the CRJ2.

I my case, I have had a disc replacement in my neck and had been able to manage the lower back stuff with biokinetics (like pilates, just different ..) and other small lifestyle changes. Lately, age has caught up and I have had more problems, but I'll try and avoid the operation for as long as I'm able.

My small contribution to your continued recovery is to make sure that you maintain the curve in your spine while flying. Even if you have to take a lumbar support cushion or adjust the seat's lumbar support to force your belly button forward relative to your hips and shoulders. You can thank me later. :wink:
Thanks nugs. I need to introduce you to the torture device that is a Bell seat.. Adjustment? Foreign concept.
Still, the 407 is infinitely better than the jetranger..
(That's not saying much)
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Re: Back problems

Unread post by nugpot » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:09 pm

cage wrote: Thanks nugs. I need to introduce you to the torture device that is a Bell seat.. Adjustment? Foreign concept.
Still, the 407 is infinitely better than the jetranger..
(That's not saying much)
I have a small cylindrical cushion which I leave in my locker at work for the one aircraft on the fleet with the stuffed lumbar support. Try and find something which works for you. Without (extreme) lumbar support I find it difficult to walk after long sectors. With it, I'm just a little stiff.
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Re: Back problems

Unread post by Fransw » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:14 pm

Some of the exercises I do to help strengthen the core. Not easy if you do it right..
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Re: Back problems

Unread post by cage » Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:18 pm

Since Frans asked the question on a different thread I thought I would continue it here.
It has been 2 years now which emphasises how long the road is when you are talking about nerves and the back healing.
I still do Pilates weekly and also at home which has been a huge help.
I've had no issues since the op but have noticed the nerve damage still getting better, even now.
It really is something you just have to manage and be dilligent with, so no picking up heavy things, or playing sport or growing a boep.
If you look after it then there are no issues, if you push it then it gives you subtle hints to behave.
All in all I am more flexible today than I was before but it is apparent how an issue could develop if you forget and don't behave yourself.

Swimming and a roller are a great help.

It is something that humbles you quite quickly. I have developed a lot more respect for the fragility of the body and to be more proactive about health as you get older.
My GP is very into medicine and how it relates to longevity so have been trying to live a bit of a better lifestyle (cut out caffeine and booze) , and taking supplements to help the body function better (had blood tests done so it could be tailored to my requirements).
All in all I haven't felt better in a long time.

Life is short and we can all do a lot more to avoid future problems.
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Re: Back problems

Unread post by Horace Blok » Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:54 pm

cage wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:18 pm
Since Frans asked the question on a different thread I thought I would continue it here.
It has been 2 years now which emphasises how long the road is when you are talking about nerves and the back healing.
I still do Pilates weekly and also at home which has been a huge help.
I've had no issues since the op but have noticed the nerve damage still getting better, even now.
It really is something you just have to manage and be dilligent with, so no picking up heavy things, or playing sport or growing a boep.
If you look after it then there are no issues, if you push it then it gives you subtle hints to behave.
All in all I am more flexible today than I was before but it is apparent how an issue could develop if you forget and don't behave yourself.

Swimming and a roller are a great help.

It is something that humbles you quite quickly. I have developed a lot more respect for the fragility of the body and to be more proactive about health as you get older.
My GP is very into medicine and how it relates to longevity so have been trying to live a bit of a better lifestyle (cut out caffeine and booze) , and taking supplements to help the body function better (had blood tests done so it could be tailored to my requirements).
All in all I haven't felt better in a long time.

Life is short and we can all do a lot more to avoid future problems.
Respect and IMHO, 100% good advice. The three bulleted quotes below my signature refers but with special emphasis on the last bullet.

I think we're far too "rough" and very often incredibly (can I use the word) STUPID when it comes to taking care of ourselves. We aint malleable and no longer able to bounce back like super balls as we once could when that much younger. Trying to be a hero just isn't worth it. Often many should be on "Science of Stupid". In many cases (like my own), being taken out on my motor bike (T-boned) by a stupid kid on her mobile phone missing the stop street - well, I'm angry and I'm paying a DEAR price. :evil:
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Re: Back problems

Unread post by Fransw » Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:29 pm

Walk is one of the best and easiest exercise to help strengthen the lower. Just focus on your profile and try to work from the core. I don't have lower back problems but to walk regularly definitely improve the core and lower back muscles..


Do it! :D

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