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OK thanks...Ill let you know how it goes.

Just another q that came to mind..so would you say its not worth having a belt at all, even if i were to wear it only at keertan programmes or when sitting at the gurdwara? as its getting to a point, when I canot sit now for long at all, in order to help, i though if i purchase a belt and wear it there, but not otherwise?

still a bad idea?

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Thats v helpful. Thanks so mcuh for that...

Defo should help as my problems seem v similar to yours.

So do you reckon there is any point in buying a belt to support the back?

Unless you are in severe pain, or your doctor recommends it, I would not wear a belt.

From personal experience of weight lifting, back belts will eventually weaken the core musculature and do more damage than good. This increases the likelihood of injury in the future.

K.

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Thanks agaain both of you.

Yes i best avoid belts then all together.

Shall i get one for weigtlifitng though? Because physio has said its ok for me to start weight training again, and i reckon a belt then would help prevent injury?

I cant really ask them about getting a belt for gurdwara, because from what theyve told em i should really be going gurdwara or sitting in that position for long time...But i cant stop going gurdwara, thats not an option.

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Thanks agaain both of you.

Yes i best avoid belts then all together.

Shall i get one for weigtlifitng though? Because physio has said its ok for me to start weight training again, and i reckon a belt then would help prevent injury?

I cant really ask them about getting a belt for gurdwara, because from what theyve told em i should really be going gurdwara or sitting in that position for long time...But i cant stop going gurdwara, thats not an option.

I would ask your physio. If you don't need it, don't use it. Start off with very light weights and concentrate on perfect form and you should be fine unless there are serious structural issues you have not mentioned. Increase weight REALLY slowly and don't be tempted by your ego to slap on those extra weight plates when you feel yourself getting stronger.

Use the belt at the gurdwara if you need to sit for a long time. At home, practice sitting in the cross-legged position for increasing lengths of time. Spend time relaxing those same muscles right afterwards.

Get regular deep tissue or sports massages if you feel yourself getting painfully tense and tight over time, and check in with your physio from time to time.

I don't know if you already do this, but you may want to consider supplementing taurine (around 5g per day). Make sure you get enough pottasium in your diet also. The taurine and pottasium will help if the issue is cramping of muscles. (I have 5gs of taurine and a banana or two on deads and squats days.

K.

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Yeh ive read on about pottasium in diet etc..Thats not really helped though..But have been getting regular deep musle massages. havnt really helped either...like 'oh twadi' said, defo worth going chiro.

And yeh, defo shouldnt slap on big weights etc, going to tak eit easy. start like you said and build in time...

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Oh, and was asking is it ok for belt during training? Does it limit training in any way? make the muscles weaker? Or is it a good option to prevent furhter injury?

A belt will prevent the necessary strengthening of the core musculature. This in turn will increase the likelihood of future injuries.

The advice of your medical professionals outweighs the above (i.e., if they say you need to wear a belt, then wear a belt).

K.

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Bhaji, just wondering how things were going with you.

thanks for the respsonse.

not too great. not come to a conclusion of the problem yet. have had mri scan too, came clear. seen a chiro as suggested, and goign around trying various treatments. not too great, i nbelive acupuncture may have given short term relief, but nothing major.

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My mother had a serious back problem which laid her off work for just under 2 years.

She went around the houses and various doctors / specialists said she'd damaged her pelvis at the joints, and the rear bones just above the cocyx (sorry can't remember what they're called) had shifted downwards and inwards due to heavy lifting (for a female at least) at work.

See a good osteopath. Trust me if you get better, the money it'll cost won't matter in the long-term when you're fit and healthy.

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thanks for the respsonse.

not too great. not come to a conclusion of the problem yet. have had mri scan too, came clear. seen a chiro as suggested, and goign around trying various treatments. not too great, i nbelive acupuncture may have given short term relief, but nothing major.

When all else fails

srb rog kw AauKdu nwmu ]

The Naam is the panacea, the remedy to cure all ills.

Try doing Gurbani abhyaas for 2 hours everyday and ask Guru Sahib for good health :)

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Dear 1000,

I am an osteopath on the Olympic medical team and see a range of people. Everyone is individual and there is no one fix which will work for everybody. 80% of us will experience back pain so you are not alone. The best approach is looking at all the factors which contribute to your back pain and then working through them to manage your pain.

Examples of factors include

Family history of certain joint conditions/back pain

Lifestyle factors- weight, workstation set up, activity level, etc

Structural- joint and muscle problems

Psychological stresses- increase cortisone secretion in our bodies, amplifying any issues we have

Its also important to have a way to self-manage the pain i.e what specific program helps you the most (this may include a neofoam lumbar support belt)

If you've been to trained professionals and had no relief it may mean you problem is slightly more multi-factorial then what osteo's, physio and chiro usually deal with. the good news is if manual treatment has given you some relief it mean it is unlikely to be anything nasty.

I am based in London, if you want you can call me at my clinic on 07546033238 for informal advice.

There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article touching on medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date and cannot substitute for the advice of your G.P.

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To OP my dad has similar back issues to yourself. However he tried everything from england hospitals privately to even spending months on end in india receiving treatment which included laying in ice-cube tubs for hours on end. Nothing worked so he went to see another specialist (he was going from specialist to specialist as the pain was just un-bareable. But he went to see a "highly" qualified doctor/specialist (in england) and this gorah doctor said to him "only your God who is so great can solve your back pains/issue as there is no cure". Since then dad stopped going to specialists etc but with mahrajis kirpa since he started doing more bani (his amrithari) his back pain has become "comfortable" enough for him to do average daily activities. Point been do as much paat as you can you'll feel your back issue lessen. Mafi for rant just wanted to make a point :)

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