I developed severe sciatic pain while running competatively in college in
the mid '80s. This pain continued for 10 years during which time I was out
of most aerobic activities. I received chiropractic care for 6 years after
xrays revealed I had a degenerated disc in my lumbar region. After moving
to New Hampshire 7 years ago I took up xc skiing and now get out 2-3 times a
week in the winter. I have been pain free during this period. I attribute
this to the non-impact nature of the sport and the excellent job it does of
conditioning and stretching my leg and lower back muscles. BTW, in the
summer I ride my mountain bike to get additional low-impact aerobic exercise
(I ride mostly on dirt rodes and leave the rocky trails to the young guys).
> I didn't realize this until recently. My 25 years of lower back pain
> is gone after moving to Michigan and getting a season of X country
> skiing in. The results seem to be staying with me although I have not
> been skiing in months. anyone elese notice this phenomena?