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Old 07-21-2012, 03:32 AM   #5
Patrick Haskell
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If it's a lumbar disc issue (and most of us probably have them), the reverse hyper is a great exercise, as it simultaneously strengthens the stablizers and glutes, which protect the back, and puts the back in traction which alleviates the pressure. I'd also look into where your hip mobility is limited, as tightness below will pull the back into flexion when under load, which is just about the worst thing in the world for a spine. I suffer the same symptoms, but our issues could well be different. Still, the stretches that are the most important for me are hip flexor stretches (which often alleviate the pain right away) and hamstring stretches (the latter using a belt around my foot with my back flat on the floor). Your mileage may vary. Let us know how it goes.
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