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Has here had back issues from sitting at the computer too long and used tai chi, yoga, etc to help the back issues? Did it work well?
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I do yoga and weight training everyday and take one day to recover. I will say though that yoga and meditation in particular do wonders for your mind especially. Yes they are good for your flexibility and strength but they also stimulate neuroplasticity and allow you to better formulate were you sit in your life and things you want to achieve / change.

If I'm having a bad day I can't tell you how useful it is to be able to meditate were I am and just clear everything and refocus. Yoga helps me achieve a meditative state easier and faster.

Also if you have joint pain or stiffness at all I highly recommend yoga over anything else. It's easy on the body but also really hard to master and can strengthen most areas of the body.
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I do Iyengar yoga twice weekly. Been doing yoga regularly for about 12 years. I don't have back issues (aside from pinching a nerve 5 years ago), but it's done wonders for tendonitis, and increased strength and stamina as well.
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I'm going back to yoga. I found it to feel as if I've had a body massage. It also gave me more stamina to swim more laps after doing it. I want that again.
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I have nerve damage in my neck and some lower back issues. I do yoga for my lower back but my chiropractor recommended that I lay off exercises that involve my shoulders as that has been making my nerve damage worse.

My only other problem with yoga is that I tend to fall asleep while in certain poses.
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I did yoga (non-religous) when I was in high school as part of a course

It was better than nothing, highly doubt it did anything for my posture. But I was really good at doing all the poses, it might help improve your flexibility and balance.

I've seen Chinese old ladies do thai chi in the park. It's a very mild sport, more so than yoga I think. That why many old people do it. And part of it is very spiritual, I don't think this is what you're looking for though.
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Dedicated back exercises would probably work better for you.
like these:
http://www.apmhealth.com/education/healthy-living/stretching---strengthening-tips/6-stretches-to-help-back-pain
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Actually, I do Tai Chi.

Now, I actually do Taijiquan, or Tai Chi Chaun. It includes the slow sets most people associate with Tai Chi, but there's also push hands and other exercises we practice.

Before I started, I lived a very sedentary life, and although I have started other exercises since, I became more physically fit with Tai Chi alone.

As far as back issues are concerned, I had REALLY bad back issues when I first started Tai Chi. When I woke up, bending forward at all, or lowering my head would make my spine feel as if it was on fire. I discussed this in a Tai Chi forum, and was told Tai Chi should not do this to me.

However, from personal experience, I discovered it was primarily due to a lack of base fitness, and my body adapted in time. In fact, I have less body pain than ever before.

In addition, my posture is now better, my knees are MUCH better. I've had knee issues in the past from injuries, and now when they pain me, I can ice them once, and it will resolve the issue that night. These issues used to be constant, and now it is a rare and resolvable occurrence. My theory is that the movement in Tai Chi almost acts like physical therapy.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

Actually, I do Tai Chi.

Now, I actually do Taijiquan, or Tai Chi Chaun. It includes the slow sets most people associate with Tai Chi, but there's also push hands and other exercises we practice.

Before I started, I lived a very sedentary life, and although I have started other exercises since, I became more physically fit with Tai Chi alone.

As far as back issues are concerned, I had REALLY bad back issues when I first started Tai Chi. When I woke up, bending forward at all, or lowering my head would make my spine feel as if it was on fire. I discussed this in a Tai Chi forum, and was told Tai Chi should not do this to me.

However, from personal experience, I discovered it was primarily due to a lack of base fitness, and my body adapted in time. In fact, I have less body pain than ever before.

In addition, my posture is now better, my knees are MUCH better. I've had knee issues in the past from injuries, and now when they pain me, I can ice them once, and it will resolve the issue that night. These issues used to be constant, and now it is a rare and resolvable occurrence. My theory is that the movement in Tai Chi almost acts like physical therapy.


Yeah I used to have a sedentary life and it was bad for my back. Now I've gotten pretty active during the warmer part of the year and the winter kills my back. I talked to my chiropractor and he said that stretching my back would help me along with my posture. I've gained muscle but not the flexibility I need to do some advanced dodging.

What your describing sounds like what I'm looking for! Know any good places to learn more about tai chi.

So apparently I was already doing some of those back exercises that were linked. I guess I might try doing them more.
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What you're describing sounds like what I'm looking for! Know any good places to learn more about tai chi.


No. Unfortunately, I don't know where you can go.

I was very lucky. I actually wasn't looking to learn anything. A chance encounter landed me practicing Tai Chi. Just find somewhere that teaches.

I will tell you, much of Tai Chi is internal. Like, you should move all the muscles closest to your core, then allow that movement to begin the momentum and power of extremities. In addition, it is a concept of creating energy/tension and releasing it. Like, building the energy up (pulling a rubber band tight) and letting it go (again, like a rubber band). It is very hard to explain, and something I am very, very far from mastering.

As far as health and fitness applications, this means that you're actually using much more of your body than what it appears, and core muscles tend to receive more exercise than you'd expect.

And, someone else may come along and find this explanation is terrible, but it is my basic understanding. My instructor is constantly correcting and fine tuning the more internal movements of my slow set form.
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Some Romanian Deadlifts and some rows and I'm ready to go.
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Has here had back issues from sitting at the computer too long and used tai chi, yoga, etc to help the back issues? Did it work well?



The best and the right way to address this is to correct your posture.

Tai chi, yoga - are great, but if you are sitting not straight for hours daily, you are guaranteed to have problems with your back. Being flexible won't help. I do wushu gymnastics twice a day and I'm pretty flexible, but it didn't help me. Correcting posture did.

"Back stretching / gained muscles" - you mean "pull-ups"? It's first thing medics say in your case. And that helps, but then you return to pc and destroy your back again.

Sitting straight (not using backrest) will also make you more focused / motivated to finish whatever tasks you have and be free and active.


Now I've gotten pretty active during the warmer part of the year and the winter kills my back.


You sound like someone who has a bicycle but doesn't have skiis. Buy cross-country skiis and be active year around.
There're also ice skates.
Or any of the non-winter sports that are still available indoors.

So:
1. sit straight;
2. remember there're lots of fun things you can do in winter, not necessarily winter-only
3. even though tai chi / yoga are not a direct solution to your problem, by all means, try them. Any kind of gymnastics is beneficial in so many ways. Just be cautious to avoid injuries.
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I do yoga after heavy lifting/circuit workouts sometimes to help me relax and stretch occasionally, seems to help.
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I do Tai Chi because it means extreme boxing and it focuses your magic energy.
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elan7aad10 wrote:


Rujikin wrote:

Has here had back issues from sitting at the computer too long and used tai chi, yoga, etc to help the back issues? Did it work well?



The best and the right way to address this is to correct your posture.

Tai chi, yoga - are great, but if you are sitting not straight for hours daily, you are guaranteed to have problems with your back. Being flexible won't help. I do wushu gymnastics twice a day and I'm pretty flexible, but it didn't help me. Correcting posture did.

"Back stretching / gained muscles" - you mean "pull-ups"? It's first thing medics say in your case. And that helps, but then you return to pc and destroy your back again.

Sitting straight (not using backrest) will also make you more focused / motivated to finish whatever tasks you have and be free and active.


Now I've gotten pretty active during the warmer part of the year and the winter kills my back.


You sound like someone who has a bicycle but doesn't have skiis. Buy cross-country skiis and be active year around.
There're also ice skates.
Or any of the non-winter sports that are still available indoors.

So:
1. sit straight;
2. remember there're lots of fun things you can do in winter, not necessarily winter-only
3. even though tai chi / yoga are not a direct solution to your problem, by all means, try them. Any kind of gymnastics is beneficial in so many ways. Just be cautious to avoid injuries.

I've actually been working on not using my backrest now that I got a better chair that isn't broken. That kind of caused me a bunch of pain because my body is used to laying back to a shitty chair. I know it's adjusting but I needed something to help it along. I was getting screwed by a bad desk and bad chair but not enough money to upgrade, i've since upgraded.

No, don't have a bicycle and sadly winter is not very consistent here... I've yet to see a good snow fall but had lots of freezing rain. Wonder if we have indoor ice skating rinks... Worth looking into.
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