Capoeira and Back surgery

  • Zcube

    Posts: 40

    Mar 21, 2012 9:21 AM GMT
    A year ago I had back surgery, it was a laminectomy will provide lots of info on it. I'm working with a condition called Cauda Equina Syndrome. for someone with this condition, I have a lot more range of motion than most who do have it.

    My question is, has anyone ever come back from a back surgery/injury and started doing Capoeira? I really want to take advantage of my membership at UFC, because we were able to get a Capoeirista Mestre to teach, but remembering what I had to do when I did a lesson of capoeira, I'm unsure if it's advisable even a year later? My doctor doesn't want me to engage in any contact sport, I can't even ride roller coasters but since the capoeira being taught at the gym is non contact, I was wondering if it's doable. I think I'm just really wanting to do it but I don't wanna risk going back to the hospital for another back surgery. Lol I probably answered my own question. :-/ I bet there's some athletes and fighters out there with back surgeries and problems who've come back??? anyone?
  • Rush_

    Posts: 402

    Mar 27, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    The best thing is just to ask the mestre if you can get a few minutes with him. Mestre Pastinha was known for saying "Capoeira is for men, children and women. The only ones who can't learn are those who don't want to."

    I've seen people with different injuries, flexibility and all that do it-yes, you may be restricted in what you can do, but you can still have fun and gain benefit from it! At one batizado I attended, M. Gato had recently undergone a hip replacement. He mostly told us what to do and had some higher cordas demonstrate, but he did a little bit of capoeira angola (slower, lower to the ground) for us.

    Best luck and muito axe! Let me know how it turns out, if you don't mind icon_smile.gif
  • Meia_Lua

    Posts: 6

    Jun 23, 2012 8:37 AM GMT
    I agree 100% with Rush.

    Just be weary of movements which require a lot of turning, anything in the Armada and Meia Lua family may be a bit difficult for you until you regain the strength in your back. Also, as a beginer I can already tell you that you'll probably lean forward when you ginga, ask you Mestre to watch out for this for you as it can cause serious problems with your back even for those who are perfectly healthy.

    Axe - Pelourinho da Topazio, Orlando FL.
  • metta

    Posts: 38623

    Jun 23, 2012 9:23 AM GMT
    Please don't do it without getting your Doctors approval.

    My guess would be that if he does not want you on roller skate...there is no way he is going to want you to do Capoeira. It does not sound like a good idea for someone with a bad back.

    I really don't know much about your condition but if I was you I would ask the doctor if it would be ok for you to do light back and stomach exercises. I would think that it would be important to strengthen those muscles first.

    Cauda equina syndrome

    A discectomy is a procedure to remove pieces of a ruptured disc that are causing pressure on a nerve. A laminectomy is done to remove arthritic bone from the spine to widen the spinal canal and create more space for the nerves.

  • Meia_Lua

    Posts: 6

    Jun 24, 2012 7:10 AM GMT
    metta8 said

    A very dear friend of mine has a degenerating hip which got so bad that he couldn't walk for a few years and after some physical therapy is one of the best Capoeristas, I've ever seen Instructor Scooby Doo. He can't even esquiva to his right side but he knows how to avoid being kicked where as others would esquiva he's made use of other methods of escape which work for him.
    Capoeira is all about flexibility and not in the sense of bodily flexibility. I believe so long as he plays to his strengths and understands his limits he can become great even still. I've played in Rodas on broken toes. How? I played a floor game utilizing my hands.
  • giodude

    Posts: 271

    Apr 22, 2016 1:40 PM GMT

    Avoiding resistencia and ponte is will be hard in capoeira

    Consult a doctor first man, because you'll do a lot of bending in capoeira