Hi everyone at spine-health,
1. Im wondering whether cycling is okay with a herniated disc (I am 6 month post-injury and it is doing well). I'm actually using a cycling machine where I can lower the seat and sit up straight while peddling, and you can rack up the miles quite quickly and it is fun and good exercise, especially now that it's getting colder (winter coming up) and I find myself doing less walking.
Here's a pic of my position:http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/3200/meonbike2.jpg
Is that okay? I basically sit up straight and maintain my lumbar curve and pedal, and my knees come up slightly higher than my hips as I pedal. I've started doing this about 3 times a week for about 20 minutes at a time and will be increasing. I still do quite a bit of walking (I lost over a stone since my injury).
2. I am also wondering, does anyone know of any good core strengthening routines? Obviously I've been doing exercises (the main one for my core is 'supermans' - on all fours raising alternating arm/leg and holding for about 5 seconds) which have been very good and I have done them everyday for months, though I find myself doing the same amount and not increasing.
My chiropractor seems to think I can start doing more exercises and said look into a pilates class or instructional video. I looked at some instructional videos but most of the exercises seem to include some level of flexion, often extreme - I'd never want to do those even once my disc has healed!
So does anyone know of any good pilates routies/videos safe for the disc, or perhaps any other core routines that I can begin, perhaps 2/3 times a week to start strengthening those muscles as I look to return to sport?
Thank you very much