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Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:16 pm

Do any members here have a dodgy back but still manage to Kayak without too much problem?

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Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:24 pm

Yeah my lower back flares up occasionally and pinches my sciatic nerve which can render me bedridden sometimes. Stretching every night and magnesium supplements seem to keep it at bay. It is important to keep good posture in the kayak and rotate your torso rather than using pure arm power when paddling.

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Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:11 pm

Yep.... prolapsed lower back disc on two occasions.... flares up every now and again .... interestingly enough usually when I'm not kayaking !
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Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:15 pm

I think the biggest risk to your back when kayaking is getting it on/off the car.

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Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:28 pm

Yep ruptured disc in lower back, good now but so easy to push it too far and bugger it up for a week or so.

Like AR said the hardest part is the car part, best way to combat that is to always fish with others and get someone to give you a hand with loading / unloading :y:
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Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:23 pm

Yep I have arthritis in my back. Ive found using a trailer helps with solo launching. I chuck my wheels on before pulling of the trailer.
I also use a foam roller on my back to stretch and aid circulation.

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Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:45 am

Yep. My back was wrecked from bad posture, rugby and car accidents and falls. Taking up kayaking was the best thing I've done for it :y:
Loading on the car solo however.... :wasntme:

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Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:56 am

like most older guys i have back issues. what i find when i start to get repeated soreness or worse i go back to the gym to strengthen the back muscles. after about a year of gym work i am usually ok for about 5 years before it starts to twinge again. i do heavy lifting at work which tends to stuff me a bit so i should be doing more strength work than i do or at the very least keep my strength up so i dont get the back issues.
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Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:30 pm

I have a shot lower back. Permanent damage to the tail bone area. Gets sore if I sit still too long. Strengthening the core muscles, glutes and hip flexors about 3x per week seems to help a lot. As does lots of walking.

Position on the kayak helps - dangling my legs over the sides makes a huge difference to comfort
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Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:14 pm

Listening to a "Doc" on the Radio the other day talking about bad backs and recommending this book here very highly,>>> "Treat Your Own Back"... having been a shearer for 7 years I personally found if I kept moving, exercise & stretching was best for me...

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Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:43 pm

Yep! Injured as 13yo rowing for HBRC...subsequent rolled offroader and chronic ongoing occupational damage. 40yrs on and have learned a lot! Keep active! Stretch hams LOTS, all the time and back extensions. Swimming with fins on, pref snorkeling/freediving and walking up steep hills works best for me. McKenzie's Treat your own back book I have had for years and swear by Phyiso's that practice the McKenzie principles! Not all do, ASK! Avoid back-crackers:-(

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Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:41 am

Playing footy buggered my back.

It took a year of rehab to get my back sorted again. I later took up pilates to strengthen my core and it's been awesome for the last 17 years.

I now load my kayak onto my trailer to prevent lifting it on my vehicle.
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Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:49 pm

I have been in veterinary practise for 20yrs, over that time I have explored many different treatment options for joint pain,arthritis and overall muscular discomfort.
In the last 3 years I have been prescribing EFAC capsules , which is estified fatty acid compound derived from cattle , human product developed in USA . It is definitely worth looking at, it is amazing........... but joint pain is very individualistic thats why some people can sleep on magnetic blankets, or take bee venom or mussel extract etc and get relief........but if you were a Labrador thats what I would give you

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Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:16 pm

Had a guest speaker at a club nite last year with a specialist who said there's no one common caussome have undercurved spine some have over curves in the spine some have over rotated hips short hamstrings basically if you are having problems ignoring them won't make it go away
I can recommend the guy I saw who massively helped me out if you want

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Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:26 pm

Sore backs suck big time. When I started kayaking, I was dead lifting it onto the roof. Not only hurt my back more, also tore both rotorcuffs (sp?) in my shoulders.

Switching to a trailer saved my back, shoulders, car roof and boot (no more stinking stuff). That along with better paddling technique really helped. Since then, I've been working on stretches (legs mostly), posture and strengthening my core. It's not fully right and does play up from time to time, but so much better than it used to be.
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Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:24 pm

I have a hemi-vertebrae putting my spine on a 39' angle half way up, and approx. 52mm too far right.

I almost gave up yakking entirely because I was having trouble getting my ride on and off the wagon, but no trouble sitting in my yak because of the armchair style seating.

I use a Rhino-Rack Nautic Kayak Lifter that means I don't have to lift anything except the legs including putting scupper trolley on and off. (Sponsored so somewhat biased I guess :P )
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