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Dec 05, 2010
Back Pain
by: Chris George

I had back issues earlier this year when I had sharp pains from the fact that my spine was incapable of moving.

For the time being, it seems like doing some extra stretches before practice might do the trick, but I recommend finding a reputable chiropractor to start out with.

They might be able to help with any possibly spinal misalignments and muscle imbalances without relying on operations or medication.

After that, you could probably do some calisthenics or weight lifting to strengthen your muscles in your back while researching what makes good posture in and out of Kendo.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for your post and sharing the info! I am thinking to go to see a chiropractor and massage therapist.

After having a shoulder surgery, I've been doing physiotherapeutic exercises but I've been thinking that these treatments may help me have less pain and better performance in my back and shoulder.

Personally, I think the combination of seeing a physician and a chiropractor/massage/acupuncture is really good.

Dec 05, 2010
by: Ron Fox

I am going to address the posture question first. A strong set of core muscles (abdominals and lower back especially spinae erectors) are key to being able to maintain a good posture.

With emphasis in gyms on arms and legs looking good the core is often neglected. This is ironic as it is one of the areas of the body that can be easily worked on without gym equipment.

Is a nice resource for some core exercises.

The shoulder pain sounds like there could be some injury and as Imafuji sensei said you should see a physician about that specifically. Bring your men along in case between the two of you are not able to isolate the problem without it...then you can put it on and he can see what's happening with that weight.

Postural issues from the men that can cause shoulder problems are based on holding a 'head forward posture' (see the right side picture). This posture can cause pain in the cervical neck that can radiate to the shoulders and, as the article says, many other problems.

Fixing postural issues that develop at work is often best done by having an ergonomic evaluation of your work area and, for computer workers, getting your eyesight checked, or maybe using a slightly larger font sets if the applications allow it).

We computer folks have to continuously fight a head forward posture when we unconsciously try to see the screen better. This can be exacerbated by the fact that without some assistance many monitors are actually placed too low relative to eye level. See here if your employer does not offer ergonomic work place evaluations.

Best of luck and enjoy the kendo journey ...pain free.


Kendo-Guide.Com: Wow! Thank you for your post and sharing very valuable information with us. In this computer age, we all should know how we have to keep our work environment friendly to us!

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