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Why does my back feel better than it has in years?

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Bob Mcbobberson
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2015/02/14 08:28:33 (permalink)
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Why does my back feel better than it has in years?

background:  I've had lower back (skeletal) pain for 15 years on and off, X-rays show nothing major, but the bottom 2 discs dont have much space between them.  Usually my back feels OK, but weak and unsteady when bending, but periodically some innocuous movement will cause me to have a bad couple of weeks where I have sharp pain and spasms if I bend over.  Pain also builds up if I'm standing up for a long time.
 
Lately it's been feeling much better and I'm trying to pin down why.  I even did a PB  deadlift of 140kg I know its not much, but for me it's great.
 
Here's the possibilities. 
1.  this is the first time I've made an effort to cut.  I've trained on and off for years and my weight has fluctuated a lot.  Last year in october I reached a lifetime high of 110kg during a bulk (6'0).  Since then I've leaned down to 89kg.  I've been less than that before, but that was during periods when I wasn't lifting (my back was bad then too)
 
2.  Doing more ab work.  I don't hundreds, or even dozens of crunches, but I do hanging leg raises, some weighted crunches, some twists with resistance, and other stuff.  i never spend more than 10-15 minutes on abs, but I do train them 3 times a week or so.
 
3.  doing more cardio - I don't do long runs, but I do hit the bag and do those circuit type cardio where you're doing mountain climbers, burpees, that kind of stuff
 
4.  swapped back squats for front squats
 
5. get regular massages.  - not professional, I just get my girlfriend to walk on my back or push down really hard on the bottom 2 discs. 
 
Which of these do you think is helping? Or do you think the good feeling is just temporary and I will wreck it again soon?
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    SeanR
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    Re: Why does my back feel better than it has in years? 2015/02/14 12:58:22 (permalink)
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    Hi Bob. same story here. The deadlifts done correctly will have strengthened the muscles in your back, any added blood flow (according to a specialist) will work wonders, he recommended cycling in particular. A weak core is a recipe for back pain, so the core work will have helped greatly, plus the Weight loss=less strain. Over this last week ive been concentrating on trying to correct my posture, concentrating on balancing out back verses front, even the way i walk. Sounds daft, but backs right, sorting out the shoulders now. You could go one better by spending 5 or 10 minutes doing some back stretching at home, plenty on the internet, or maybe read the book back-rx. If you stick to what your doing i think you may have cracked it, only time will tell, good luck with that.
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    Re: Why does my back feel better than it has in years? 2015/02/25 04:27:35 (permalink)
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    You pretty much answered your own questions.
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    Bob Mcbobberson
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    Re: Why does my back feel better than it has in years? 2015/02/25 08:14:42 (permalink)
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    Medic
    You pretty much answered your own questions.


    Which of these do you think is helping? Or do you think the good feeling is just temporary and I will wreck it again soon?
     
    Those were my questions.
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    Re: Why does my back feel better than it has in years? 2015/03/21 02:56:56 (permalink)
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    It's probably a combination of all the things you mentioned all coming together at the same time.

    I smoke. A lot. And i eat full fat mayo. So suck on that! ;-)
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    Re: Why does my back feel better than it has in years? 2015/03/21 09:10:19 (permalink)
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    I've had a bad lower back for around 15 years since I jarred it in an accident with a hand pallet truck at work. This in effect put to an end any heavy work such as deadlifts and squats.
    I had chiropractor physio and numerous scans and gradually through carefully-manipulated training my back has become much more supple and pain free.

    Apart from taking daily cod liver oil capsules, I have found the seated (horizontal) leg press has been the most effective exercise for easing any aches and thus strengthening my lower back. I still keep away from dl's and rely on seated exercises for back support and I have just last week reintroduced hack squats to my programme.
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