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  1. Old Cowboy

    Old Cowboy Active Member

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    Been having lower back and sciatica problems lately, saw an advertisement last nite for this gizmo.........you lay on your back and drape your legs over it and it gently lifts your a$$ up off the floor repeatedly, 12 minutes/twice a day, supposed to relax the muscles in your lower back to relieve pain. Has anybody here tried one of these? If so, was it helpful and was it a pretty well built machine? For $200 plus $30 s&h it'd sure be nice to actually be able to SEE one first but the next best thing would be advice from somebody who has one.

    John C. Saubak
     
  2. Setterman

    Setterman Well-Known Member

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    You'd probably better off doing PT or trying an inversion board.
     
  3. avery53

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    Here's what got me by for years before surgury was a last option.
    A doctor had me read an article on Olympic Gymnasts.
    A study found that even in the condition they were in, most had back pain.
    What they found is that having them do sit-ups with their knees bent, strengthened certain stomach muscles that helped to support the back, relieving them of their back pain.
    Sit-ups with knees bent are easy, and I was skeptical, but damned if it didn't do the trick.
    Having a bum back, I worked up to 50 each night. It worked for me for years until a accident knocked me out, and surgury was the only option.
    I know this sounds too simple, but after a couple of weeks, the improvement was noticeable. Kept getting better from there.
    Make sure you do with knee's bent to avoid injury.

    avery
     
  4. Bird30

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    old cowboy the therapy that helped me with that problem. Lay flat on your back and pull your butt up towards your head as far as you can and hold it for 5 seconds. Do this every night and it will strenghten your back which will relieve your back pain. Do it several times, you will know when to stop.

    Dave
     
  5. Haskins Bill

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    Chiroprator gave me this exercise to do. Lay flat on your stomach with arms extended ahead of your shoulders. Lift right arm and left leg and hold for a few seconds. Repeat with left arm and right leg. Do at least ten sets to begin. In a few weeks you will notice the improvement. Looks to me that if a person did all of the above mentioned exercises it would be of great benefit. Bill
     
  6. halfmile

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    Here's a a good one:

    Lie on your back sith knees bent. Grab around the kneewith both hands and pull up into belly. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat about 10 times. This stretches the back muscles and avoids muscle spasms, which are the cause of a lot of back pain.

    HM
     
  7. Old Cowboy

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    Thank's for all the suggestions guys, I'll point out that the underlying problem with me is sciatica, like trauma to the sciatic nerve. I'm wondering if some of these more straining exercises might do even MORE damage to the sciatic nerve?

    John C. Saubak
     
  8. Ross

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    Pinched sciatic nerve, me too, age 70, osteopath (chiropractor with an MD.) gave me the same exercise that halfmile posted. Didn't cure my problem but sure improved my quality of life, I can do "almost" anything within reason, some I just have to do a little differently and or slower. Ross Puls
     
  9. Old Cowboy

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    Thank you Ross, I think I'll try that one then this evening. How often do you do it, is it like.....once a day? And out of curiousity, does the pain get worse while you're doing it? This deal with me is strange, well maybe common with sciatica I dunno'? It's worst when I try to sleep in bed, not so bad sleeping sitting in my lazyboy with a lumbar pillow and once I get moving in the morning it gets good enuf' I hardly notice it while I'm out feeding cattle and lifting haybales around as long as I'm careful how I lift 'em?? Got me a new $2000 TemurPedic mattress ordered, hope that improves the sleeping issue?

    It's hell to get old,

    John C. Saubak
     
  10. grnberetcj

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    A 25 yr. old nymphomaniac girlfriend.

    Curt
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  11. Old Cowboy

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    Send 'er around Curt, hell I'd try ANYTHING
     
  12. Texshooter

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    John, If doing an exercise hurts or makes you worse, stop doing it immediately. You can do damage to the nerve especially if you have abnormal movement (Lumbar Intervertebral Instability) between the vertebras and spinal stenosis. I knew it was time for surgery when every trip to the Chiropractor made me worse. AJ
     
  13. Ross

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    Do as YOUR Dr. says, this was my Drs. recommendation for me after tests. That said I do them in bed twice a day, morning and night. Pain question-- Right at first yes the pain was bad but within a few weeks it actually felt good to do them. I wound up sleeping on the floor for a month or 6 weeks, again this is my back. Like you say after I get "loosened" up I do quite well the rest of the day, still have a "bout" with it now and then. We bought one of those Sleep Number adjustable air mattress' can't say it helped, haven't tried the TemperPedic one but have been tempted. Still spend a occasional night on the floor. No getting old isn't any fun. Good Luck--find a back specialist, I'm NOT a back dr.--Ross Puls
     
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