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    I have been paleo for over a year and am very strict aside from the occasional "Tim Ferriss cheat Saturday". I try to walk at least 4 times a week and do body weight strength training 3 days a week. They include: pushups, pullups, chinups, dips, lunges etc...

    I find especially after doing pushups that I get aching in my back which I would liken to muscle inflammation. When I stretch to touch my toes especially it, well...unconfortable.

    Any suggestions? Thoughts?

    A friend suggested using an anti gravity bench to stretch out my back. I am sure this would feel great but I'm not convinced this is the answer long term.

    Cheers, Shawn

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    you should go see a doctor to rule out anything serious, first. a herniated disk or a nerve issue is no joke!

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    • #3
      Esther Gokhale, "8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back".

      She's done a Google Talk, too, I think.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jakey View Post
        you should go see a doctor to rule out anything serious, first. a herniated disk or a nerve issue is no joke!
        Agree, but I'd recommend the chiropractic sort of doctor. Most other sorts are woefully inadequate in diagnosing and working with the spine.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the replies everyone. I am pretty sure this is more of a muscle issue rather than discs etc. I do have an appt with my chiro next week and will report back. That said this really feels like inflammation, is it possible it's simply from exercise albeit moderate exercise?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by shawnwei View Post
            Thanks for the replies everyone. I am pretty sure this is more of a muscle issue rather than discs etc. I do have an appt with my chiro next week and will report back. That said this really feels like inflammation, is it possible it's simply from exercise albeit moderate exercise?
            Absolutely could be. But, as a bit of devils advocate ask yourself this. If everything is functioning the way it should (good nutrition, well functioning disc and joints, stress levels managed) then should a moderate amount of exercise cause this much of an inflammatory response?

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            • #7
              I absolutely do not recommend seeing a chiropractor. I wasted far too much money in 2 years when I didn't even have a back problem at all. They are quacks. I'd see a physiotherapist, or even better, a certified athletic therapist.

              Are you activating your core when doing pushups? Also, do you do deadlifts? Deadlifts literally cured me of lower back pain. You MUST do them properly however.
              A Post-Primal PrimalPat

              Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by patski View Post
                I absolutely do not recommend seeing a chiropractor. I wasted far too much money in 2 years when I didn't even have a back problem at all. They are quacks. I'd see a physiotherapist, or even better, a certified athletic therapist.

                Are you activating your core when doing pushups? Also, do you do deadlifts? Deadlifts literally cured me of lower back pain. You MUST do them properly however.
                Wow, painting with a broad brush. I LOVE my chiro. AGAIN, like all professions, there are good and bad ones. My chiro is the reason I don't need asthma medication anymore.

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                • #9
                  I'm a massage therapist and personal trainer. I have experienced MAJOR low back pain in the past. From my experience, back pain flairs up with weak core strength. Pilates absolutely saved my life. 5 min in the morning and 5 at night is all it takes, anyone can do that. Also, when doing ANY type of exercise you should be contantly thinking about pulling your belly button towards your spine and tucking your tailbone under. This is especially true in the push-up/plank position. If you do not brace your core, your low back will sway down toward the floor.

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                  • #10
                    What food do you cheat with? Any that trigger inflammation in you can cause this. When I dropped the grains, I lost my lower back aches. A cheat night of pizza brings them back for days to a week.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by primalmontana View Post
                      I'm a massage therapist and personal trainer. I have experienced MAJOR low back pain in the past. From my experience, back pain flairs up with weak core strength. Pilates absolutely saved my life. 5 min in the morning and 5 at night is all it takes, anyone can do that. Also, when doing ANY type of exercise you should be contantly thinking about pulling your belly button towards your spine and tucking your tailbone under. This is especially true in the push-up/plank position. If you do not brace your core, your low back will sway down toward the floor.
                      +1. When I was attempting to increase my pushups last year without working on my core at all I think I was causing undue stress on my lower back.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
                        Esther Gokhale, "8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back".
                        She's done a Google Talk, too, I think.
                        This is usually snake oil.
                        What are the 7 steps?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by primalmontana View Post
                          Pilates absolutely saved my life. 5 min in the morning and 5 at night is all it takes, anyone can do that. .
                          What do you do in your 5 minute routine?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jkr View Post
                            Wow, painting with a broad brush. I LOVE my chiro. AGAIN, like all professions, there are good and bad ones. My chiro is the reason I don't need asthma medication anymore.
                            Broad brush?

                            I saw four in two years. All of them were complete failures.
                            A Post-Primal PrimalPat

                            Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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                            • #15
                              Meh, I went to two PT's and a ortho surgeon that wanted to perform a laminectomy on me when I was 15 yrs old for a herniated disc. Went to a Chiropractor instead and got complete resolution of my symptoms....with spine still in tact.

                              However, I dont call the PT's I saw or the ortho surgeon "complete failures". Their interventions just were not as effective as Chiropractic in my case. Now I will say it would have been a real shame if my parents went ahead with the surgery rather than seeking further conservative treatment.

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