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 Post subject: Back Cracks
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2001 6:16 pm 
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When I stretch my back backwards, it feels like there's this click- not NECESSARILY painful, but like a funny bone kind of feeling. And it feels all "nervy-weird" and stuff- sometimes when I cambre back it does that, and it puts me out of sorts for a moment, but I stretch through it, and it isn't THAT bad, sometimes just some additional clicky thingies. I know some stretches feel that way, but does it mean bad news when your back feels that way?


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 Post subject: Re: Back Cracks
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2001 6:48 pm 
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The first thing I would do if I were you, would be to mention it to your teacher. Have her watch you do your backbend and have her check out what you are doing.<P>Things you have to watch out for when doing a backbend are that you are pulling up BEFORE going back - so that you don't scrunch into the backbend.<P>The other thing is you have to go back straight - not off to the side. This is a common error - and it is something that you should ask your teacher to check you for and make sure you are going back straight. The shoulders should be straight across, not one shoulder higher than the other. You can see this in the mirror too.<P><BR>Another common error is to let the head fall behind the arm. When one does a backbend with the arm lifted, if you are watching it in the mirror, your head should look like it is lying on a pillow and that pillow is your arm. If you see in the mirror that your head is further back than your arm, then your head is not being controlled. <P>When the head is not controlled and goes back past the arm, it creases the back of your neck and I was told it impedes the blood supply to your head - not a good thing. In any case, it is also incorrect ballet technique. So that is another thing to check, too.<P>Remember, it is the upper part of the back that you are bending, right about where your heart is. <BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Back Cracks
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2001 6:53 pm 
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Here is a previous thread we had on backbends:<P><A HREF=../../../ubb/Forum7/HTML/000584.html><B> INCREASING FLEXIBILITY IN THE BACK</B></A>


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 Post subject: Re: Back Cracks
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2001 8:18 pm 
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Bebounce...how long have you been noticing this back thing? Not to sound like a broken record, but I would "go to a doctor or physical therapist"..IF it persists. Your back is not something to fool around with. Not trying to alarm you, and it could be nothing, but I would see if it continues for a couple of weeks (10 days?) then have a medical person check it out. Those suggestions Basheva made were also excellent.


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