why does this keep happening?

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    Sep 15, 2007 2:11 AM GMT
    right now my lower right part of my back is hurting...last week more areas of my back were hurting...it started a few weeks ago when i started exercising again and used my dad's ab slider (wheel type thing with 2 handles that you stretch all the way forward with and it helps you pull back up) and did some push ups and a few days later my back was hurting. i've had similar pain before when i was doing push ups a lot but i've never understood why. my mom said it's probably because i don't stretch beforehand, although when looking for info online it says that stretching before has never been proven to prevent injuries (although it's a hard thing to prove i guess)...anyways, i used a heating pad last week and it seemed to help slightly if at all..has anyone else had this problem, and what is the best way to fix this and avoid this in the future?
  • EricLA

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    Sep 15, 2007 4:32 AM GMT
    Your mother could be partially right. I always feel my better performs better after a warm up (5-8 mins on an eliptical -- or bike, or stairstepper, etc), and then a stretch of the muscle groups I'll be using. But, the other thing you should be doing is working out the opposite muscle group to whatever you're working out. So, if you're building your abs, you should also be doing exercises to strengthen your back, especially your lower back. I started working out regularly at 28. I'd been suffering stiff back aches especially in the mornings for a couple of years. When I started working out, they went away. I've rarely had that problem since. But, finally, I'd also question that ab wheel you're using. It could be a cheap piece of crap that is doing more damage than good. There are some of those out there that do what they say, but some of them are bad news. You may want to get a balance ball (I think that's the term) and do crunches and other ab exercises on them. It's a great device and simple because it forces you to balance as well as strenghten your abs, which is great for developing your very important core muscles.

    Good luck.

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    Sep 15, 2007 1:22 PM GMT
    I used to have a lot of lower back problems - I'd "throw my back out" at least once a year.

    I finally went to see a physical/massage therapist, and found out that the reason I had lower back problems was actually from the lack of flexibility in my hamstrings. He gave me a few stretching exercises to do, and I haven't had a problem since...and that was five years ago.

    Back pain can come from a lot of sources and can be serious - you should get it checked out by a professional.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 15, 2007 4:22 PM GMT
    I think simple basic yoga moves can really help. Goolge them. Good luck.

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    Sep 23, 2007 8:42 AM GMT
    thanks everyone for the suggestions!
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    Sep 23, 2007 9:51 PM GMT
    Warm-up and stretching may be useful. You have muscular dysfunctions in the traps and gluteal muscles usually caused from stress (emotional or physical.

    It is always wise to progress when erercising at any age.