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Flexible as a carrot? Why yes!


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Guest Anthony

Hello all...

 

Having been out of the loop for a few months, I'm glad to find that BalletAlert is as busy and prosperous as ever!

 

Well, I have a question for you folks. Reading Beckster's comments about flexibility on another board , I was reminded of my biggest gripe: I can't get anywhere near touching my toes. Whenever I try to stretch in that direction, I get a very inelastic sensation in my lower back - no 'give' whatsoever. I daren't push it too hard, because it feels a bit like my back's about to fall apart (which it could well do, given that I've had a slipped disc before....) I originally thought the problem might be to do with having short hamstrings, but I don't really feel any tension in those when I stretch - just my back.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm starting classes again soon, after a hiatus of three or four months (*gasp*), so I'd like to work on the problem from the outset.

 

A.

 

PS. Congrats on the publication, Beckster - I know what a grind it is. But it's worth it when it comes to writing up your thesis!

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Hi Anthony and welcome back!! you have been missed :)

As for your back stretching..go and see your doctor and tell him/her about this. Get your GP to recommmend some exercises that you can safely do or to recommend someone who would know. You say you have had a slipped disc, and no one unqualified should give you any exercises. If you hadn't had a slipped disc it wouldn't have been so bad. But you have to be careful, otherwise you could make something worse :)

So do seriously go and see someone qualified to give you the correct exercises. Because even certain yoga postions could aggrovate your past problem and it would hurt you!

Sorry to sound like a 'mother' ;)

Jeanette

Oh and carrots aren't really felxible unless they are all whithered and dry, like the ones I forget after a few months lying at the bottom of my fridge..lovely and flexible!! ;)

Oh hang on, I guess you were being sarcastic..doh!

 

[ 09-05-2001: Message edited by: Xena ]

 

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Guest Anthony

Hi Jeanette! Hope everything's going well over in SF, assuming that's where you are at the moment - I seem to remember you'd got a postdoc position at Berkeley/Stanford? (Yes I am green with envy.) ;)

 

Anyway, thanks for the advice - no doubt you're right, I should get professional advice.... I know backs are complicated things, and probably best dealt with by those who are qualified. (Mind you, even they can get it wrong... Some years ago, I saw a physio who gave me some excercises for my back. A few months later, I saw a specialist about the same problem. When I told him what exercises I'd been doing, he looked mildly horrified, and told me to stop immediately! Reassuring or what?)

:)

 

A.

 

PS. In a way, I wish I was flexible like a carrot - at least I'd have the prospect of becoming more supple as I get older. ;)

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Hi Anthony,

 

yes it is worrying when one professional gives you advice only to be told by another professional that it is not good advice. A sports physiotherapist/clinic or an actual back clinic may be a good place to start, as opposed to a GP. I know they have one in Reading, so they should have one in Cambridge (I think that's where you are yes? ) It may cost a bit, but then it is your back. it can't do any harm in just checking one place out if you have one near you. Maybe they give a free consultation?

and I'm at Stanford, Berkeley looks down on us 'snobs' Berkely being the birth place of 'free thinking' or whatever it is! Although Berkeley is a lot more greener than Stanford and has more trees! and a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Jeanette

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