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post #1 of 7 Old 03-22-2011, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Back problems... Has anyone else experienced this?

So for the past 6 months or so (not sure to be exact) I have been experiencing back problems. It's ALWAYS in my lower lumbar region. For example, this might be common but when I braid, my back starts KILLING after probably 30 minutes. Also, sometimes whenever I lay down on my back, I get the same pain, only sometimes worse, in the same area. I get this pain just doing every day things! I have done nothing different to cause this pain, I tend to always sit up straight and have good posture, and I don't think I have been doing anything to strain it, also considering it has been doing this for a long time. Another thing is, I will pull out my back just bending over to pick up something light such as a jacket, or even just to move something. It pulls out to the point where it's hard to walk or even really move. I don't think that's normal since I'm not doing anything out of the ordinary or picking up anything heavy and putting stress on my back. I'm young, so it's not an age thing. Every now and then it will just come out of the blue. And just recently, it's been hurting after I ride.

I'm looking into getting a back support thing by professionals choice.. But until then, has anyone else experienced this or something like it? Do you think I should get it checked out?

Anything is appreciated... I'm highly considering going to a chiropractor and getting some scans done.
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-23-2011, 01:26 AM
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I have had back trouble too, but I know what caused mine; my first and only attempt at barrel racing! Two years ago!

anyway, I would go see the Chiro and see what they say. Sometimes, oftentimes, pain inthe back is really originating in the neck or hips. you may need some real adjustments.

Then, I would work on some real strenght building for you abs and core and especially your gluteal muscles. I didn't realize this, but our pelvis is the foundationf for all the other bones; all the others torque off it. If it is out of alignment everything else will be. AND, our gluteal muscles are WAY more important for correct pelvic alingnment than we realize.
So, try this one excersize for now;
Stand nice and straight, pull up your pelvic floor (the muscles that run under and support all your "guts"), kind of like pulling in your stomach, but less severe and more of a sucking UP. not too tense, just engaged.
Stand with your feet just shoulder width abpart and pointing straight forward.
Now, usind ONLY your gluteal muscle, squeeze your buttocks together and hold for at least 30 seconds. Repeat 10 times. do three sets.
Do this anytime you think of it, while braiding, while in the check out line, while wasing dishes. ALSO, do the same thing , same set up but turn your toes out about 30 degrees. This will engage slightly different gluteal muscles.
You will actually feel your femur rotate outward with each contration.


this is not going to cure your back trouble, but may help stabilize your pelvis.
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Have you had a professional evaluate you for orthotics? Back pain, especially lower back pain, is often caused by the way you walk.

Go to/call your doctor and he or she should be able to refer you to one in your area. They will take molds of your feet and watch you walk- you'd be amazed at how common bad walking habits are. When I first went, they took a video of how I was walking and showed it to me - I was astounded. When I was walking perfectly normal (to me) I was actually rolling my entire right ankle over to the inside with every step. This caused me to have serious knee issues and I ended up in physio many times - have not had to since getting the orthotics.

Obviously they are not cheap and more than likely not 100% covered by your insurance (if you have it. Mine covered a decent chunk, luckily). However, it may be worth looking into.
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I swear by my Chiro, he has saved my bacon more times than I can count. What you are describing sounds a lot like when I pinched a nerve in my back. Chiro fixed me right up. I would start with them, since they generally aren't terribly expensive in the grand scheme of things. If they can't help or if they suggest you see an orthopedist (or whatever they call themselves LOL), then you can move up to the next level of treatment.

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I would go to a chiro. Mine told me last year that riding is one of the worst sports for your back. I jacked up my neck last year from hitting my saddle wrong when stopping quickly one time. Twisted a vertebra in my neck and left me with the headache from hell.
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Yeah, I did something to my back when Mac surprised me coming out of the last barrel in a playday barrel racing run. He went lah de day so slow around the first two that I had no idea that he KNEW to run like hell for the gate after the third. I was totally unprepared for his leap and gallop from zero to 60. I felt the saddle jam into my back and definietly felt something kind of "pop", right then and there. I am sure I damaged a disk, but it hasnt' pressed on anerve or ruptured, but it is still there , waiting to 'cause more trouble.
That's why I do minor core excersizes all day long.
While driving , while doing my taxes, whenever.
You wouldn't know that I have some great core muscles 'cause they're covered in a huge muffin top of fat.
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Thank you all for your help! My dad is involved with a lot of chiros and doctors so hopefully he can hook me up with one!
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