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Any Y chromo heads indulge in these ? My back is a mess and have been going to a massage therapist for a few months. Its fucking painful at the ' medium ' level and I am shiting myself about upping the pain. I've heard acupuncture is good for back pain. Anyone tried or can recommend ?

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I might have to go for acupuncture, my back is fucked too. Ive got this bed of nails thing that ive been trying out. It's basically a bit like acupuncture, but, at home, i lye on a mat and pillow covered in spikes. I need to try it more, it takes a bit of getting used to... So ive only done it a few times. Seemed to help a bit.

I went for a neck and back massage recently and it was on medium, felt like i was beat to a pulp by this girl. No way am i doing that again.

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Nowhere near as manly as Deckards weight lifting solution, but have you tried yoga dusted? I had really bad back pain to the extent that I was having trouble sleeping. I tried a few different things and yoga has worked for me. You can pick up a DVD online for cheap to try the back lengthing/stretching exercises.

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year and a half ago i started getting the shooting pains down the leg, round the toes, calf thy basically everywhere along my siatic nerve.

went to mr ryan in dunmurray, twice, and he done fuck all for me. stuck wee silly buzzing electrodes on my back, and gave me a twist and a turn, and took £20 out of my wallet. both times.

heard bout an osteopath in greenisland. went, first day there got told i have "at least" one inflammed disc at the base of my spine, causing the nerve to be trapped. walked in, got twisted, turned, massaged... took away the severity of the pain. left it kinda dull, but definitely still there. tho was a major difference at the same time.

now if the small of my back stays in the wrong posture for any length of time, i find it hard to move at all. slouching is out of the question. i can usually walk all of the pains off, it seems to be just sitting down, and getting back up etc...

deckard, i feel your pain. siatica is bad craic. been told to bulk up and strengthen the muscles, so i have been lifting weights.

would love to know if there is an operation to fix it. spine transplant would be sweet.

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i think massage are just for short terms relief. Try taking warm baths for a week and see if it helps. Maybe light some smelly candles to set the mood.

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had full body massage once with hot stones, it was the best thing ever

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Went to Tuira Chiropractic on Ormeau a few months ago with a disc bulge and tight piriformis causing bad sciatica. Its taken a few treatments but my lower back is now better than it has been in years.

Longer term you might want to take up weight lifting

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The best I've had for my back is deep tissue sports massage. I enjoyed hot stone therapy also but it was more relaxing than fixing muscle problems

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yes.

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lower back pain?

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Had one in work a few weeks back. It was fantastic and definitely want another one

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PM the DUP sports massage lads

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seriously? wallets should come with a warning in that case. That's mad, but you can see how it could happen. Im just sick as fuck, i see your back pain and raise full-over head to toe, 24-7, pain... waiting on seeing the rheumatologist and pain management from the hospital, it's quite some wait. (fuckers, i actually hate them)

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Thank you for replying to my thread btw. I thought it was going to sink to the bottom. Mine is due to a car smash and apparently putting my wallet in my back pocket and sitting down :\

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going for the weight loss angle too, aiming to be 15 stone by October

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the longer leg thing isn't that uncommon, have the same issue as my pelvis has tilted to the left side of my body slightly. will be starting work on that issue quite soon with some abductor stretching and probably split squats

I've had back issues since I was 20, always put it down to lifting, 28 now and getting real progress so its never too late. Keen to avoid surgery, as I've grown quite attached to my discs

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My spine is now curved and one leg sits slightly longer than the other, this is the result of years of back pain and not sitting properly

The worst thing I did was never tackling the problem early on and letting it get worse. I'm trying now and it's getting results, lost over a stone in weight since starting my exercise and it's took strain of my back

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Problem with running with poor posture and back pain is you won't land correctly so you'll just make things worse.

What I said above, some of your muscles are weak, others are too tight. Weightlifting and yoga allow your to strengthen the weak muscles and stretch the overly tight ones.

Thios article relates to pelvic tilt:

www.t-nation.com/free_...

Most people are in a degree of anterior pelvic tilt, their butt sticks out and stomach points downwards.

Physios can be decent but many are keen to keep you hitting the same level of activity, I've had physios let me squat over 1.5x my bodyweight a few times a week while playing football 1-2 times a week, when in reality I needed to scale everything back.

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i suffer from really bad lower back pain, so much so that i can only lay in bed for a certain period of time. It didnt help when we were building our house, coming from work where i would be sitting nearly all day to then doing manual labour.
Was really getting out of hand, couldnt get out of bed in the mornings, and having to get the back warmed up.
done the whole massages thing to get up and mobile.

But seen the doctor, about it and he referred me to a physio. See her and my back was out of line, and was pulling to one side. Over the next ten weeks she got we to do alot of exercises in the morning and evenings, so it would help reset my back.

Half way through it she introduced a back block, and it completely change the way my back feels and acts now. Im still a little stiff in the mornings but nowhere as bad as it was three months ago. do the exercises morning and evening and over time its make a huge difference.
See a doctor and get him to refer you to a physio.

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And I do some yoga and Pilate exercises but not as much as I should

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Have had my sciatica and slipped disc for 7 years and been to countless physios and specialists. Was told I could have the disc removed but it has it's dangers and then there is injections.

I've just come to live with it and though when the disc fully slips I can't move for days generally I can function fine. I find stretches and gental exercise is best. I'd started running but it hurt a bit so exercise bike now

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apparently if you break your back the vertebrae can just be punched back in place. Then you loop a rope around you under your arms and hang there until you can stand

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I don't do yoga but stretch a few times a day, make sure I don't sit to long and use ice packs for pain management. I'm 100% pain free now

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I suggest weight lifting as lower back pain and sciatica tend to as a result of rubbish posture. The relationship between the muscles in the your hips, thighs, lower back and abdominals can cause your pelvis to tilt across a number of planes. This in turn can put extra pressure on discs, skeleton or cause muscles to spasm placing pressure on the sciatica nerve.

I had it bad in April, couldn't sleep for more than 3-4 hours without waking up in agony. Even Valium combined with Tramadol did nothing. Not weight lifting actually aggravated my condition as muscle began to atrophy.

Find out what is wrong with your posture and take it from there. That Chiropractor I mentioned is very good

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i hada bad back for ages, and coincidently its come back again tonite in work. was moving some massive bastard in a wheel chair and its killing me now.

i went to vietnam for a holiday last time it was bad and told a massuse. she felt along my back pointed directly to the spot were the pain was without me showing her and crunched it back in shape. i was euphoric afterwards. just disappeared.

i def need to strengthen mine with the weights more. physio etc here can be a load of shite.

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That sounds like a decent idea. Cheers.

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I'm 11st12 now and was 13st2. Would like to lose another half stone. Was 10 1/2 before I hurt my back and became a lazy shit spending any spare time lying around after I hurt it.

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I'd be really careful about what you try, especially indulging in any pseudo-science bollocks. I know that when you're in a lot of pain you might take on a "try anything" attitude, but something as delicate and sensitive as the back... if you go to some alternative medicine type person they could end up doing more harm than good.

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agreed on the "pseudo-science bollocks"

I was sceptical of chiropractic care at first, but there is a wealth of empirical data out there that indicates that it is as good as physio for back pain, the NHS have also carried out a decent sample of clinical tests across the Uk and reached the same conclusion

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why dont they offer it on nhs though?

u can get all the treatment u want but u need to do what nik says and use yoga and pilate exericise to keep your back sweet

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I think they are still exploring it as a treatment option, other western countries include is a part of national health. Luckily I have medical insurance through my employer so it was all paid for

Yoga and pilate exercises aren't a one size fits all, pilates done fuck all squared for me, physio both private and NHS was a mixed bag, chiropractic was the thing that sorted it for me in the end. Suppose Giggs made yoga cool though....

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my dad has set up and been instrumental in the adoption of nhs acute pain management clinics, a gbol tbf, helping people with inoperable pain.

on the subject of massages i took the groupon london offer of a 1hour full body massage for £19... i am assuming this includes some wankery (hopefully the massose is a ladyperson)

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Got a masseuse into the office a few weeks back. Massages all round and it was pretty awesome. Worked out about £15 a head for 25 mins each.

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I used to get them free in work. Was the highlight of my week being paid to be massaged

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i had a half hour massage in a hotel a month or two ago for £30.

hot oils, warm flannel around the feet etc, felt awesome especially after moving house that week

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did that come with any specials con?

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my gf was in the other room getting a massage too so asking for a happy ending would have been inappropiate and risky

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Yeah Probably best that you didn't bother, be hard to explain if your masseuse went next door and said to her mate "oi Sandra the horny bastard in here wants to know how much we charge for a wank"

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