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Pain caused by Cobras and general extension exercises

PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:12 pm
by acceptance
Hi there. I am currently pulling myself out of an L5/S1 herniation and
have been following Dean's exercise book. It has been working great,
other than i noticed about 2 months into doing extension exercises,
(primarily the Cobra and back bends) i have started to develop a very sore
spot right on my most prominent vertebra about midway up my back.
It seems to be the fulcrum point where the spine bends during extension.
I'm assuming the sensible thing to do is to back off from extension exercises for a few days.
Has anyone else experienced this problem and can they shed some light on it?

Many thanks.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:21 pm
by danshields
I have the same problem. It doesn't seem to be the spine of my back but just right of the spine like in my muscle. I think it is what is causing my lower back pain also. it seems to get aggravated when doing the cobra and feels like a strained muscle.

I guess I will take a break from the cobra as well.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:31 pm
by acceptance
danshields wrote:I have the same problem. It doesn't seem to be the spine of my back but just right of the spine like in my muscle. I think it is what is causing my lower back pain also. it seems to get aggravated when doing the cobra and feels like a strained muscle.

I guess I will take a break from the cobra as well.




I stopped Cobra's and Backbends and the pain seems to have subsided a little.
My guess would be that i have been "hyper-extending" and have either stretched and aggravated a ligament or irritated the facet joint. Either way, taking a rest from pronounced spinal extension seems to be necessary.
I suggest that a week of no Cobra's/Back bends followed by a return to the
basic "1st step" Cobra.