I'm a 40 year old female, former dancer, currently at a healthy weight. I have had problems with low back pain for more than 8 years. I've seen chiropractors and have been told I have no structural problems or abnormalities even though I was struck by a car in 1999. My pain is purely muscular...mostly soreness not unlike the type you get a day or two after a particularly demanding weight training session. I am convinced that I have some sort of postural disfunction or imbalance. Will CrossFit type training help? I cannot do any sort of unsupported forward bend without pain. I clean houses and after 4 hours of work my low back is really sore and I have difficulty stand up completely straight. Thoughts?
Not much to do with Crosffit, but a book that many people have recommended for back pain is Esther Gokhale's 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back
I also experience lower back pain, and have been told that a possible cause is my very tight hamstrings. Working on getting to a full squat has actually helped with it, so in that respect some Crossfit workouts might be helpful. Another help would be working on mobility through the Mobility WODs - especially those covering greater squat mobility and spine stabilization: Mobility WODs
Here's a link to something I posted a bit ago about my experience with both Gokhale and Xfit.
One, the other, or the combination of the two has basically rid me of chronic back pain that I've dealt with on/off for 20 odd years.
As a Crossfitter with a history of back problems, I would say yes. I have seen a great deal of improvement in my level of pain since starting Crossfit. Losing weight definitely has helped but strengthening my core and back and stretching has been huge. Find a good Crossfit gym (box) with knowledgeable trainers who can work with you on your specific issues. Good luck!
Where do you live? In most places you can find alignment therapists. I would do that. I also agree that doing the mobility wods . Go To the mobwod website and do a keyword search for hips. Do those. On the off chance you live in arkansas I would be happy to help you out. I am a therapist myself and have had lots of success in fixing these types of issues.
you'll want to search for alignment therapists, structural integrators, or rolfers. Don't be afraid to double check credentials or have a sit down woith them and make sure they actually know what they are doing. The ones that will sit you down and give an in depth consult are the ones you want to pay the money for. i found one one link after a bit of searching but with more looking and talking you should be able to find the right one for you.http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frederickrolfing.com%2F&h=a98b1
REVISION TO THIS COMMENT: Do whatever works for you. If crossfit alleviates symptoms and imbalances, continue on with it until you plateau, then look for better ways to stay healthy and balanced. If not, move on to the next experiment.
Be proactive. Never stay passive.
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