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About JCrane

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  1. you got it. no one wants to start at the beginning, but that is always the best way. You have to crawl before you walk
  2. JCrane

    Your Workout Today

    Maybe your back is trying to tell you something
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    Suffer from Back Pain? Try this.

    Do you have back pain ? Most inversion tables end up like yours, but that is not your fault. They do not come with programs and they need to. Start slow and understand the muscles have to stretch first then the spine will stretch and you will get the full benefit.
  4. JCrane

    Suffer from Back Pain? Try this.

    I agree. I have been using the table for over 20 years. I got relief from a herniated disk and a pinched nerve with the table. It takes time though. My back was really tight from all the weightlifting I had done and I had to lengthen those muscles out first before the spine would stretch.
  5. JCrane

    Chiropractor Kills Playmate

    Go to Amazon and search for Neck Stretcher. Be careful not to overstretch the muscles. Just a few pumps over time. If you over stretch the muscles too soon, your neck will be sore. Give it a month. You first stretch the muscles, then stretch the cervical spine itself. I found it to be an amazing experience. I still use it a couple times a week
  6. JCrane

    Chiropractor Kills Playmate

    That is an excellent Idea. Find out as much as you can about the injury. Knowledge is power and that knowledge can help you make better decisions I had some neck issues last year. I made sure I looked at the x ray and understood the problem. In my case it was bone on bone which greatly reduced my mobility. One of the problems with Chiropractors in my opinion is that are usually working around tight muscles which may hold the vertebra in place or out of place. I found stretching out the muscles first, can go a long way in helping to lengthen the spine. Personally I used a neck stretcher to lengthen my cervical spine. It is a blowup pillow I got on Amazon. It goes around the neck and it has a squeezer that you hold onto to pump up the pillow. Over time I slowly pumped it up and stretched my neck muscles. Once those were lengthened, the cervical spine began to stretch and the spaces between the vertebrae came back. It sounds like a popping noise as the spine stretches, but that is nothing to worry about
  7. Great article, very technical. Excellent information on balance and what it is. I just do not agree on the solutions. It is very easy to increase balance without using weights. Practice by standing on one leg then gradually moving the center of gravity to different places over time. This will build a lot of strength in the standing leg and create more control. I have used this method for 20 years and have trained many others. As a long time weightlifter I came to the point where my body started to break down due to all that heavy workload on the body. It took until I was 48, but it did happen. Think about it. We have gravity pushing us down all day every day and then I was throwing 450 pounds on top of my shoulders. Also most of us spend too much time on hard surfaces such as cement. That is like putting our spine in a vice. What happened at 48 ? Compression of the spine and herniated disks. Fortunately I found a way of decompressing the spine over time and creating space between the vertebra. Now at 68, I have great balance and no back problems and do all the things I did at 30. Sure some people may get away with heavy weights their whole life if they want to take that chance, but there are other ways. I know
  8. JCrane

    Regular use of Treadmill

    It sounds to me like you have answered your own question. Continue using the treadmill and pay attention to the joints. If you get sustained pain, back off a bit and add something else that does not give you pain. By pain I hope you mean discomfort not real pain. Good Luck
  9. JCrane

    Left Arm Pain: From Practicing FULL backswing

    I hate to tell you this but your pain will probably come back. Muscle relaxers and temporary therapy are temporary solutions to pinched nerves and herniated disks in my experience. The problem is compression. If you think about it ,day after day and year after year we are fighting gravity. Gravity pushes us down. To make matters worse we sit on chairs and car seats and toilets, and walk on cement floors.This creates compression in the spine. Compression can lead to disk problems and back pain. In my opinion we need to regularly decompress the spine which means stretching the muscles first.so the spine can lengthen. unfortunately most of us do not prepare the body for the game of golf and think we can prepare the body by practicing golf. Sometime that works but most times we end up with problems.Moving to a full swing requires muscle co operation and forcing the muscles to respond is not always the best solution. Just my opinion
  10. JCrane

    Regular use of Treadmill

    I think that depends on a couple of things. One being : Do you enjoy being on a treadmill ? Being consistent in our workouts means we look forward to them. They need to be somewhat enjoyable or at least the results need to be. How do you feel when you are done ? The other thing I would question is your body. How are your knees responding ? Are they sore after the workout. How are your hips ? Your body knows more then any trainer. Listen to it. . If you looking to lose weight I, personally would look to my diet before I would exercise for losing weight. I would include exercise as part of a health routine, but moving toward foods that are more nutrient dense can give the body more fuel to burn during exercise and then the systems are working together toward greater health, which should be the goal in my opinion. Hope this helps you look just like Michael Keaton
  11. JCrane

    Lower back Pain

    It could be a herniated disk. does it go down your leg.? Go see a Chiropractor and look at the x rays. I use an inversion table myself to keep the muscles around my back lengthened. Hopefully you just strained some muscles.
  12. that is excellent ! I am going to do a post, maybe today on the best exercise for golf. I have done posts before but now I have an national organization saying what I have been saying for years. Keep it up
  13. it sounds like you got it figured out and have learned to work with that system
  14. Well said. The misunderstanding that so many people have especially athletic teams, not just golf is that they can do a few stretches or a little Yoga for while and that will give them these great benefits. The truth of course is that Yoga has to be done on a consistent basis to achieve those effects. The muscles have what is called the stretch reflex which causes the muscles to actually contract at first and it takes time to get past that. I have worked with swim teams, soccer teams, and golf teams and all of them thought they could just do this stuff during the season and then pick it up again the next session and still get the benefits.

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