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21 Jun 2006, 6:00 am

I have a theory that many people who suffer from regular back or neck pain could eliminate it if they did weekly or daily walking. Slow gentle relaxed walking for at least half an hour.

I am not saying any kind of exercise, I am saying specifically relaxed walking to cure this problem. I suspect that some back and neck pain is caused by insufficient amount of walking. The body needs walking. Or that is my theory at least.

I had a sore neck the other day. Went for a relaxed walk for an hour, felt great afterwards. That trick worked other times as well.



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21 Jun 2006, 9:20 am

Stretches and warm-ups would alse help. Stretches make you more flexible and make your joints less susceptible to injury. Also, keeping your back straight will prevent back pain. I see most people either having a hunched over stance or leaning back on something that bends their back.



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21 Jun 2006, 10:47 am

I think that excercise within the parameters that a person can handle can help with most ailments.
It helps me keep my head in order.



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21 Jun 2006, 1:29 pm

Any form of excersize is good for you. Walking does extend your back muscles and straightens your posture. We should do more walking, but we sit all the time instead.

Lifting weights is good too. It relaxes you and gets your body and muscles to move in a controlled even way when you're working out. Many people (mostly the ladies) think lifting will make them huge but it won't (unless you're trying to get that way). Lifting keeps me thinner and more toned so I stay super fine (just kidding, I'm not that full of myself). :wink:

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21 Jun 2006, 1:46 pm

i couldnt find my remote control the other day and i had to walk to the tv, i hurt my back doing this...pfffft.walking os for losers.



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21 Jun 2006, 1:53 pm

Recently I have been stretching every night before bed. It's been great. I haven't woken up with back pain or so much as a kink in my neck since.



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21 Jun 2006, 8:56 pm

A few weeks ago I began walking and running daily and it hasn't helped quite yet. I always ache whenever I lie down for some reason, especially on my sides ('cus then my arms and legs squash one another and ache. I'm really skinny, btw, so I don't think weight factors into it).



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26 Jun 2006, 9:12 am

Veresae wrote:
A few weeks ago I began walking and running daily and it hasn't helped quite yet. I always ache whenever I lie down for some reason, especially on my sides ('cus then my arms and legs squash one another and ache. I'm really skinny, btw, so I don't think weight factors into it).


I am not sure if running would help. I do regular cycling and while it is a great thing to do and good for general fitness, it does not eliminate back or neck pain for me, but the walking does seem to. Ofcourse running is much closer to walking than cycling is, but still I would not automatically assume that running is effective for back pain.

I see people running on concrete and I suspect that is actually bad for their back. Too much jolting. If they run on grass and purchase new shoes every 6 months, then it is probably fine.



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26 Jun 2006, 9:17 am

Sundy wrote:
We should do more walking, but we sit all the time instead.

We even sit when transporting ourselves (driving, etc). I think the body evolved to function optimally with regular walking. Certainly our ancestors did much more walking. Automobiles are a relatively recent invention.

Sundy wrote:
Lifting weights is good too. It relaxes you and gets your body and muscles to move in a controlled even way when you're working out. Many people (mostly the ladies) think lifting will make them huge but it won't (unless you're trying to get that way).

Yes. Loading-bearing exercise is particularly important for women as they age. It helps reduce severity of osteoporosis.



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26 Jun 2006, 9:23 am

donkey wrote:
i couldnt find my remote control the other day and i had to walk to the tv, i hurt my back doing this...pfffft.walking os for losers.


Not sure if you are joking, but if you are not, then your lack of regular walking and poor fitness is most likely the reason you hurt your back while walking to the TV.



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26 Jun 2006, 4:23 pm

I walk about 3 miles a day and still have neck and back pain.



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26 Jun 2006, 7:35 pm

Walking is trivial. Working out as a general concept is trivial. You should get the basic workout requirements from things you enjoy, or not at all.



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27 Jun 2006, 12:11 am

gsilver wrote:
I walk about 3 miles a day and still have neck and back pain.


Then whatever is causing your neck and back pain is not caused by lack of walking. That was stating the obvious. I mean that there must be other possible causes of neck and back pain; lack of walking is not the only possible cause.



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27 Jun 2006, 4:26 am

I find that swimming is the best thing for my back pain. Walking is good, but walking too much isn´t as it naturally compresses the vertebrae and makes back pain worse (if your back pain is skeletol and not muscular of course). But, swimming is usually good for both because you use different muscles when you swim from when you walk or run, and it doesn´t compress the vertebrae.