Hey... I have bad lordosis (big curve in the spine) and am trying to help reduce the spine. The doctor said that swimming would be good to help fix it, but right now im trying to bulk up cos im kinda skinny, so im afraid all the cardio will stop me from getting bigger. Any ideas on what i should do?
and any ideas how much surgery might be to correct this?
I have heard that swimming is not a good exercise for weight loss, something to do with the body not burning up fat with the exercise and that way retaining body heat. So in your case, it would be an excellent way of taking care of the lordosis.
My son is very thin also and as a identical twin it really was obvious. I got him to gain some weight by making him a milkshake every day inwhich I added a packet of Carnation Instant Breakfast. Don't know if you have that where you live but the idea was that the CIB had the # of calories of a meal in it self.
Leather, You got me confused also! I thought you said that your Dr told you that swimming would help with your lordosis. I thought you were concerned that the swimming would make you lose weight.
I'm not a Dr, so I am not going to be able to tell you whether swimming would cure the lordosis. But, the dr thought it would and he suggested you swim, if you are not happy or confident in this dr, get another opinion.
Is your lordosis thoracic or lumbar?
I hope I didn't confuse you with my letters (last and this), I am on heavy duty narcotics and other drugs and walking and talking and I guess writing has been messed up for awhile. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif">
I can see swimming being a good exercise for a low impact exercise but I can't see it really correcting anything... not without spending every day there... Swimming is a good exercise for the whole body and you need to focus on your abs and your back muscles...
You see a lordosis is result of muscle imbalances your abs aren't strong enough and your back muscles are too tight...
To strengthen your abs do sit ups (do not do them until you are exhausted you don't want to tire the muscles... do them until you feel that you should stop... before the burn... the burning means that you are tearing the muscles.)
To stretch your back muscles do a CATS stretch... You get on your hands and knees and arch your back up towards the ceiling, to strengthen the abs at the same time bring your belly button in and up to the ceiling as well...
To have any real results you must do this 2 or 3 times a day.
Let me know how this goes <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"><p>[This message has been edited by shia (edited 10-08-2001).]