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How much walking do you do for your back?



  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    The best way to avoid having it become worse is treating it with tender loving care!
    Walking is great, and most specialists agree.But not till it hurts!
    Swimming is also great if you follow the specialists guide lines.
    DON'T do any kind of a pounding exercise like jogging or running. Or anything high impact to further damage the discs.
    Good luck, Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
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  • I try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. For my issue I find walking to be the best form of treatment. I have had issues with running on a treadmill b4 and we have an elypitical machine that exaggerates my problems if I'm in the midst of having bad back pain. Just my experience though.
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  • I think all docs agree that walking is the best and safest exercise for spineys. It is best to walk on level surfaces and better to walk on a road or whatever rather than a treadmill. Any time you are doing an exercise that is repetitive it is harder on the joints, etc. On a treadmill you walk at the same pace at the same stride at the same tempo for minutes on end. This is more punishing that walking on a road, path or mall where you vary the pace, etc. even if it is ever so slightly. You always move your upper body more than when on a treadmill.

    The common wisdom is that swimming is a great exercise, but in reality, it isn't that great for spineys. If you are swimming strokes, the back is naturally arched somewhat and you are reaching overhead which is not helpful. Reaching overhead and kicking the legs can cause problems. Turning the neck can be hard on the cervical discs. (Some serious swimmers swim with a snorkel to eliminate this problem!) I still like to swim, but I try to do it cautiously.

    You can get one of those flotation belts and get in shoulder deep or deeper water and go through the motions of running or cycling with your legs and arms if you want an aerobic work-out.
  • well me i cannot walk on the treadmill, nothing to with bouncey. i had 2 major back surgeries in 06 L-4 L-5 S-1 now L-2 L_# L_$ L_% S-1. i hit the pool and walk or i reide the stationary bike i cannot walk long esp on concreate , i am fusing now but i have burning pain going from my groine to my kness and in the buttoches area stabbing not to mention that one of the cages has shifted out 5mm not to worry stable , there is a radiofrequencey injection that bcbsppo will not approve it will reall help!! fighting the fight i know i will never be 100 percent but i do want to return to work and go on with my life!!dtinking this herbal tea does help with the pain and also flushes out my med i take soma 3x a day and 2 vicoden a day.. not tooo bad was and or still taking neurotin but i rwalize the numbness will never go away!!i only wish i could walk on the treadmill it is kinda hard with 10 screws rods and plates
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