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Does anybody get a very bad back when running? I have tried road running and off road running and I am still getting very bad pain where the two dimples are at the base of your spine. At times I want to just want to cry with the pain.

Went to my physio and he keeps on telling me to do CATS. They seem to be hurting me even more! Does anyone have any exercises I could do to try to ease the pain and strengthen my back? My core strength is good as I am a cyclist also but it's the pressure on the base of my spine when I run.:worried:
 

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I'm not really sure what to suggest - maybe worth speaking to your physio again and mentioning that the CATS (what are they btw?) are really painful... maybe he/she can suggest something a little easier?
 

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The last trainers I was using was a pair of nike air vomeros and I only had them for about 7 months. Now I have a pair of nike air triax. I have ordered a set of sports insoles for these to see if it would help as the physio thought I had a slight over pronating foot.

The cats are lying flat on your stomach, then pushing your upper body up and locking your arms straight. Your back will be bent like a concave.

The pain in my back is getting me down as I am going for the Fire Service and I have to get through several fitness tests including a bleep test. Help!
 

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first thing id say is goto a deacent running shop, and get your gait checked.. the wrong sort of trainers can cause no-end of problems..

what sort of speeds/ distance are you doing?
does the pain happen straight away?
 

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I would be doing anything from 3-5 mile per run. I can normally do 3 mile in around 26 mins. The pain doesn't start straight away but it gets worse if I pick my pace up and also up hill running. No pain coming down hills at all. What exactly does gait mean? :huh:
 

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gait is the way you move when you run. A specialist shop will watch you move and analyse your gait. This way they can recommend the correct trainers to suit you. You don't really need to understand gait, just make sure the running shop you visit does!

People have had near miracle cures simply by being correctly advised.
 

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The cats are lying flat on your stomach, then pushing your upper body up and locking your arms straight. Your back will be bent like a concave.

The pain in my back is getting me down as I am going for the Fire Service and I have to get through several fitness tests including a bleep test. Help!
Right. First of all - I would avoid the exercise you describe - because that is something that I think would aggrevate it.... it is a back strengthening exercise, but not a good idea if you have a problem with your back to begin with!!!

I would see a chiropractor... or possibly get a massage (sorry to go back to this!) The base of the spine is where all the tension tends to build up, so a few sessions of just good back massage should expel it.... but you will have to drink LOADS of water, otherwise nothing will flush all that lymph away!
 
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