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Old 07-25-2007, 02:54 PM   #1
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Here's my problem.

I suffer from sciatica, and I have found that the only exercise that makes it worse, makes it occur, is pull ups. It's something about the way you hang and the particular stretch on the lower spine. Not that lucky seeing as they are prominant in CF.

I have been subbing body rows under rings and experienced ZERO pain, in fact (as per a previous post) all the other exercise is helping keep the sciatica at bay.

I tried dead hang pull ups yesterday and today the pain is back (excuse the pun). Is it a major problem that I am (forced) to sub body rows for pull ups? Once the reps get too high I could use a weight vest?

I'm quite annoyed about it but thrilled that the rest of the CF exercises/method of exercising has kept the sciatica at bay and provided me with other benefits.

Incidentally, about 3 weeks ago I could barely do 1 dead hang pull ups and yesterday I did 5 so the body rows are doing something!

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Old 07-25-2007, 05:37 PM   #2
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Yup, it's a very good sub actually.

Rows actually hit the same exact muscles as pullups except with a bit more emphasis on your traps and a lot of the scapular muscles and a bit less emphasis on your lats and pecs.

Row away!
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Old 07-25-2007, 10:53 PM   #3
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Thanks Steven, useful info.
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Old 07-26-2007, 01:20 AM   #4
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perhaps you could also move at some point to 1 arm body rows!
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Old 07-26-2007, 01:26 AM   #5
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Serena - I honestly hadn't thought of that! (That'll keep the intensity up...)

Thanks; off to try one now!
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Old 07-28-2007, 06:51 PM   #6
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I've suffered from herniated discs and intermittent sciatica and low back muscle spasms for about 10 years now.

When I'm having an acute episode of sciatica or muscle spasms (severe ones are very rare now), I find the best therapy is gentle stretching and hanging, both inverted and upright.

It does often make the sciatica worse initially, but if I really relax my core and low back it helps alot. Very therapeutic.
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