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13 years 11 months ago #134638 by 2chops
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Here's one for anyone who has had to deal with lower back issues. Last year while cutting brush for ROW clearance, my lower back decided to take a hike. To make a long story short, I feel like I got the boots put to me by a bunch of thugs now, every time I do any kind of ground work. Yes, I lift with my legs not my back. Anyhow, I've noticed that after I get done with a climb I feel great. I ve been keeping track of the overall condition of my lumbar region before and after I climb ever since the injury. I've even made it a point to go for a climb any time the pain flairs back up. (Great excuse to get out for a few hours.) For me the results have been consistant.
Has any one noticed a similar benefit. If so, I think we could have an activity to present to the local physical therapists as an "in addition to" exercise.
Any thoughts?

Ron.

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13 years 11 months ago #134647 by moss
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Tree climbing has done tremendous good for my old back injury. I think one of the benefits from tree climbing is overall core strengthening, which never hurts a back problem. I do a stretching exercise routine every morning, combined with tree climbing everything stays ship-shape.
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10 years 5 months ago #136270 by dogwood
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Having done physical work all my life I'm familiar with back problems. However, I've found the best remedy for a sore back is to keep moving (a more acute case does require rest.) The large body movements of carpentry work, and climbing are good therapy (keeping in mind one's limitations!) Bench work,on the other hand, causes trouble. But lately, I have noticed some pain in the area of my kidneys, just under my ribs, which I think might be related to climbing. I wonder if the padded back of my harness has dug in and caused some bruising. What do you think?

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10 years 5 months ago #136277 by 2chops
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@dogwood...It is possible that your hip belt dug in and activated your kidneys. When I was trimming and had to stretch for a branch that put me in a bit of a twisted position, I could feel it in my kidneys. What I like to do when I climb is do a few bat hangs for at least a minute each. Puts things back on place.

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10 years 5 months ago #136278 by dogwood
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Thanks 2chops, I'll have to give that a try!

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