It all started with the construction accident and was, frankly, 100% my fault. At that time I was quite a martial artist, I was in an exellent shape and had - or so I believed - no reasons to worry about physical danders. Well, I was wrong.
In less than two seconds it all changed, I got couple of disk ruptures and a fracture in a knee meniscus. Sports? Forget about it. As my doctor said, "from now on, you should be very careful even when tying shoelaces". And he meant it.
Lucky me, I didn't listen.
There are seven billions people on the face of this planet, I thought. Sure enough some of them have faced the same problem, right? Also undoubtedly, some of them failed defeating the problem; but what if someone succeeded? All I have to do is to find a role model...
As it happened, I have found not one but few people whose initial condition was way worse than mine (after all I still could walk). Here is one of them, meet Valentine Dikul.
The guy lived in Russia and his choice of career was acrobatics. He worked in a circus, until one day an accident happened. A compression fracture of the vertebrae meant his legs were paralyzed, and the verdict according to official medicine was absolutely clear: he was supposed to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. However he have chosen to fight.
Here is the same guy some time later.
As you can see, he still works in a circus, this time as a power lifter. A weihgt he is holding is 80 kilograms.
A compression fracture of a vertebrae? A paralysis?
This is the most profound example, but I was able to find more. Every time the story is the same: a person performs a research, comes up with a set of exercises and does it, dedicated. I am not saying it is a cure, but it certainly is a chance...
Leaving aside the heroic thing, there are people with back problems, from minor inconvenience to the degree when they can barely move. Or maybe, can not move at all. Often, the reason they do not fight back is a doctor's "take it easy" or even "it's over", and often the doctor is wrong.
At the beginning, I needed up to two minutes to get up from the bed. I had to find the right position, to push a bit, to find the right position again, and so on. After some three years, I am doing my martial arts again. My knee still is pain in the, well, knee; however Chi Gun helps with knee pain, mostly by making sure you move properly, but still. And the back is in a much better shape thanks to the exercises I got from thousand different sources.
On this site you will find a selection of what I consider safe and efficient exercises. This is a universal set, of course you can tune it to your particular condition.
It helped me, period. I hope you will find it useful as well.