Herniated Disc! Help!

  • bmikesell2012

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    Mar 14, 2014 12:30 AM GMT
    My C5-C6 disc is protruding into my spinal cord. I talk to my doctor and she said I can work out. I want to lose weight. I do cardio 5 times a day. However, afraid to lift due to my Neck! What should I do?
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    Mar 14, 2014 4:29 AM GMT
    I recently had my first cervical herniation, same discs. Once cleared by my neurologist to lift I just modified my form so I could lift without engaging my neck (keeping it relaxed). Because I'm rehabbing with this I largely avoid free weights, using light weight and mostly pulleys and machines. Because I already avoided deadlifts (instead I do hyperextensions) and unsupported rows (instead I do chest supported rows) because of low back degenerative discs I only had to give up two exercises for which I also found substitutes:

    1) instead of FREE WEIGHT or SMITH squats I use a standing Icarian squat/hack squat because the neck is either supported (hack) disengaged (squat)

    2) instead if single arm dumbbell rows I do a kneeling variant with cables

    As for losing weight, that's cardio (do steady state non-HIIT on something low impact like an elliptical or recumbent bike) but mostly DIET, where you try to keep your mouth out of the equation.