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  1. It has been crazy at work the last couple of weeks, so I haven't had a chance to post. I have seen a significant increase in the frequency and pain level of my flair ups in direct correlation to my exercise plan. On the positive side, I have also noticed an improved recovery time from these flare ups. I have modified my plan in order to control pain flare ups and ensure better long term success. In order to control flare ups, I have changed my back exercise routine to every other day. In order to maintain focus on the back exercises, I have dropped the walking goal for the time being.
  2. This week has been a little rough on me. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday went exactly as I wanted. I had my 15 minute walks on Sunday and Tuesday. I did my back exercises on Sunday and Monday. I worked with my foam roll on Tuesday as well, even though I intended a day off. My thorasic felt a little tight and I wanted to loosen it up. It was still a lighter work out than normal. Then Wednesday happened. I woke up on the higher end of what I consider a normal pain level. Traffic was aweful driving to work, which pushed me well outside the normal zone. Throbbing pain started around lunch and
  3. When the daily pain started in 2011 I had 6 weeks of PT. It helped a little, but it was more along the lines of building pain tolerance than reducing pain if that makes sense. For years, my work with my chiropractor has been more about pain management than getting healthier. After another big flair up on easter though my spine seems to be responding to exercises that have never worked before. Now I'm more motivated than ever. I'm mostly a rock bass player, but I have played some jazz and reggae. I really want to dig into some R&B as I get healthier. I studied Nihon Goshin Aikido.
  4. Week 1 went well considering I started on Tuesday. I completed 4 days of back exercises and 3 days of walking. This week is starting out nicely as well. 2 days of walking (Sunday and today) and 2 days of back exercises (Sunday and Monday) so far. I'm considering a day off from back exercises due to soreness, but I'm playing it by ear. I may give cat/cow a try and if it causes any pain quit for the day.
  5. Hi, I'm Matt. I have been playing bass guitar off an on for about 25 years, never anything even semi-pro though. I haven't been able to play the last 2 or 3 years due to back problems, but it's time to do something about that. I love all kinds of music (good music is good music) but my favorites are hard rock, heavy metal, and R&B. I really love old Motown and Stax stuff. The Duck Dunn and James Jamerson bass lines get things shaking.
  6. Way to go so far. South Korea sounds like an adventure on it's own.
  7. I walked 15 minutes today. Today is a day off from back exercises. I completed the exercises after my post.
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    Mini challenge 2 complete. I linked to my challenge in my signature and joined The Practice Room accountability group.
  9. Hi, my name is Matt. I have played bass guitar on and off for years. I'm not currently playing due to low and mid back problems, but one of my motivations to get my back working properly again is to play my bass. I love to sing as well, but I'm not very good at it. I love all kinds of music, but heavy metal, hard rock, and R&B (particularly old Motown and Stax) are my favorites. Give me a James Jamerson or Duck Dunn bass line and I will be happy for hours.
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    Mini challenge 1 completed
  11. I want to SMARTen up my challenge a little (mini challenge 1). Quest 1: I am starting with 15 minutes per day, 5 days per week. I want to be walking 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week at the end of the 6 weeks. Quest 2: It's tough to describe my foam roll exercise in words (I know what I'm doing, but I don't know exactly how to describe it). I'm starting with 1 set of 10 reps, 4 days per week. My goal at the end of 6 weeks is to be doing 2 sets of 10 reps (one in the morning and one in the evening). Quest 3: I am starting with 10 cat/cow stretches 4 days per week. I want to work up
  12. So far so good on day 1. I completed a 15 minute walk. I'm resting now before I start my back exercises.
  13. Introduction: My name is Matt and this is my first challenge. I have been living with mid and low back pain for several years. I loved martial arts, but this has eliminated my ability to practice. I really want to practice martial arts again. Main quest: I want to get my back into better shape than it is now to reduce the pain (and associated pain medication). Quest 1: I will walk 15 minutes per day, 5 days per week. Quest 2: I will perform my upper back foam roll exercises 4 days per week Quest 3: I will perform the cat/cow exercise 4 days per week. Motivation: I want to d
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