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    Lower Back Pains

    Disclaimer: I understand the common answers will be: You are getting older, deal with it. You are not in the shape you were in in your early to mid 20s....

    But dudes, this past week, after surfing those strong winds and hauling a plank 2 miles back up the beach in sideshore wind, My lower back has been aching. It seems to get better once I get a day off from surfing, but after another session this morning, this lower back is super tight and cramped up... It doesn't help that I spend most of my work days sitting in a leather executive chair, while displaying terrible posture and leaning forward for 7-8 hours...

    But man, what do yall do to ale these lower back pains. It's definitely paddle pains. Tuesday, like I said, albeit if facetious, I got like 100 waves. Now the back is paying for it...

    I have never had these issues really. I thrashed myself day in and day out for 10 straight years. All the compression I put on my back probably didn't help, but man, it's catching up...

    What do you boys do to prevent or recover from this....

    And I have a pretty new mattress, but I feel like that doesn't help my cause either. I stay waking up with a stiff neck and stuff.

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    How's your posture? Believe it or not, a small brace and a nice pair of orthopedics will really make a huge difference. Avoid flip flops for a bit.

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    I get a tight lower back when I get lots of water time. What helps me is this: Take Aleve, soak in a epsom salt bath, stretch really good, especially laying on your side with your leg / knee bent and pulled all the way to the side and toward your stomach / chest with your torso and head facing the other direction, alternate laying on both sides doing this.

    Also, stretching your hamstrings is really good at helping lower back pain, lots of different ways to do that, mostly common sense there. If you have someone to help you, you can have them push your legs further and have them hold in place till you can't stand it anymore. Go slow and hold your stretches for a good amount of time. None of it really cures it immediately but it will help some for sure. At least you will recover faster if you don't hurt yourself in the process.

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    Chinese medicine says drink lots of water. Kidneys could be in want, they reside in lower back. (It can't hurt). I do tai chi alot to keep my posture upright, and to combat the time I spend at this desk. Backstroke on flat days, that will counter some of the paddling. And fu(ing yoga. I hate yoga, but my body loves it.

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    i went through this and got so bad i couldnt bend over and tie my shoes .. ended up in phys therapy. the short answer is - strengthen your core and like others have said Stretch your hammys. google up some good core exercises and stretches for hamstrings/quads and your problem will be solved

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    Disclaimer: I understand the common answers will be: You are getting older, deal with it. You are not in the shape you were in in your early to mid 20s....

    But dudes, this past week, after surfing those strong winds and hauling a plank 2 miles back up the beach in sideshore wind, My lower back has been aching. It seems to get better once I get a day off from surfing, but after another session this morning, this lower back is super tight and cramped up... It doesn't help that I spend most of my work days sitting in a leather executive chair, while displaying terrible posture and leaning forward for 7-8 hours...

    But man, what do yall do to ale these lower back pains. It's definitely paddle pains. Tuesday, like I said, albeit if facetious, I got like 100 waves. Now the back is paying for it...

    I have never had these issues really. I thrashed myself day in and day out for 10 straight years. All the compression I put on my back probably didn't help, but man, it's catching up...

    What do you boys do to prevent or recover from this....

    And I have a pretty new mattress, but I feel like that doesn't help my cause either. I stay waking up with a stiff neck and stuff.
    1) why are you hauling a plank?
    2) how nice your chair is 'executive' style.
    3) idk but perhaps you're getting a little LARGE around the waist?
    4) hit the pool.
    5) surfing is a funny sport. other sports help you get IN SHAPE; while ours kinda doesn't (but it does) and
    leaves you in relatively poor physical condition - but it doesn't. funny, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelJR View Post
    How's your posture? Believe it or not, a small brace and a nice pair of orthopedics will really make a huge difference. Avoid flip flops for a bit.
    My posture is terrible. And as soon as I get home from work I am in boardies and flip flops 7 days per week. Ugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sisurfdogg View Post
    Chinese medicine says drink lots of water. Kidneys could be in want, they reside in lower back. (It can't hurt). I do tai chi alot to keep my posture upright, and to combat the time I spend at this desk. Backstroke on flat days, that will counter some of the paddling. And fu(ing yoga. I hate yoga, but my body loves it.
    Yeah, I am CONSTANTLY dehydrated. I drink beer on a somewhat regular basis at night. I always try and drink some water before bed, but when I get in the water, even after I pound 3 bottled waters before a session, I feel so dehydrated and get that gaggy feeling a lot. I have always been that way. Even when I surfed for hours, every day for years, I would always feel like I lacked hydration. I guess that is probably a huge factor.

    My wife does the yoga a lot. I will do some stretches every now and again.

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    I have a compressed disc in my lower back and things that have really helped:
    1) I check my posture multiple times a day (ie: when I'm walking I think about how my posture is. They say to pretend like your a puppet and someone is pulling a string from above your head)
    2) Deadlifts: I dont go heavy, I think I do 3 sets of 10 at 120-140 lbs....thats not heavy. But check your form.
    3)Work your core, it does most of the work pertaining to posture.
    4) Orthotics: I have heel seats in all my work shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baddy trailerpark View Post
    1) why are you hauling a plank?
    2) how nice your chair is 'executive' style.
    3) idk but perhaps you're getting a little LARGE around the waist?
    4) hit the pool.
    5) surfing is a funny sport. other sports help you get IN SHAPE; while ours kinda doesn't (but it does) and
    leaves you in relatively poor physical condition - but it doesn't. funny, no?
    1) I got the new 9'3 a couple weeks ago. On Sunday, it was chest+ but had ridiculous side current. My friend and I leterally walked about a mile+ north of where we were posted up at on the beach, and drifted our way down. We ended up, in all honestly over a mile south of where we needed to be. There was 30MPH wind out of the north and I have to haul the 9'3 a mile back up the beach, directly into the 30 MPH north wind. It was a crippling walk. Calves burning. Biceps burning.
    2) It's a nice chair, but the if you lean back at all in it, it is super loose, so it doesn't have a very good application for sitting a computer. If I put my back up against it, I can't reach the keyboard because of the lean on it. I supposed I could tighten the bottom of it.
    3) I am 5'9 and in my healthiest surfing state, I was probably around 155. Honestly, over the past 1.5 years, I got up to almost 180 without even really noticing. The six pack was all the sudden gone, but I have been on a somewhat unhealthy diet for a couple month now and I am back to about 159... So, my core and such isn't as strong as it once was, because I lost a few pounds by eating poorly, rather than core strengthening... But at any rate, I am pretty close to where I need to be, and I at least have a 4 pack again...
    4) Good point. I usually spend all the pool time with my 2 year old daughter. A few laps before and after would probably be a good thing.
    5) Yeah, when there are waves all the time, surfing kept me in stellar shape. I mean, I couldn't gain a pound if I tried. But now that I am lucky to see waves once a week, and most of those times they are less than ideal, I really don't feel like I get a great workout surfing... Surfing used to be my excuse for everything. Why are you so happy today? Surf... Why can you eat whatever you want and not gain wait? Surfing. Why can you drink IPAs and chase it with chily dogs and not have any effects. Surfing.... blah blah blah....

    Yeah, sucks bro.