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Back/Front Exercises

Postby Clumpy » Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:29 am UTC

I have severe Scheuermann's disease which causes me no pain but affects my posture (noticeably but not dramatically so). I've been doing upper-body and ab exercises for years at the behest of doctors who tell me that building muscle strength is the solution.

I just learned last week that these exercises may be making things worse. My friend with a similar issue says that strengthening my frontal muscles without doing an equivalent regimen for the back can exacerbate the disease. He recommends that I do some pulls (y'know, stretch an elastic band around a doorknob and pull it). I've tried Google-ing this but it seems a bit specific. Can anybody else verify this?

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Re: Back/Front Exercises

Postby rachel » Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:21 pm UTC

Listen, I am not a doctor, but I definite just spent like an hour or so reading up and trying to find something to help but please realize that I still know very little about this. Your best bet is to ask your doctor to recommend you to a physical therapist who can structure an exercise program around your disease, to make sure that you're not making anything worse.

Everything I found said that you should be doing exercises for spine extension, to strengthen your spine muscles and hamstring stretching.

As for the exercises that your doctor recommended, when I went to physical therapy for my back, my doctor also recommended this sort of exercise and it did help. But I was there for muscle spasms in my back, so I'm not sure how much correlation there is in treatment. In any case, here are the exercises with the elastic band that he told me to do:

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Good posture was key during all of these in order to have the desired effects.

Again, I'm not a doctor at all, so I think that you should probably have yours send you to a good physical therapist.
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Re: Back/Front Exercises

Postby Clumpy » Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:26 pm UTC

Wow. You are awesome. Thanks!

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Re: Back/Front Exercises

Postby 22/7 » Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:32 pm UTC

rachel wrote:one
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Those are all good for the back (though the bicep curls less so). Pull ups are also a good idea, or lat pull downs if you can't do more than a pull up or two.
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