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Old 12-09-2014
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I'm about to go swimming today, for the first time in 4 months. (I had two surgeries to remove tumors from my lower spine.)

Ironically swimming was part of the way I found out my body was in trouble this summer -- I couldn't stay flat on the water, probably because those tumors were pushing against the spine.

Any advice? I'll probably just grab some fins and a kick board today, and get the feel of the water. It should be … interesting.

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I'm about to go swimming today, for the first time in 4 months. (I had two surgeries to remove tumors from my lower spine.)

Ironically swimming was part of the way I found out my body was in trouble this summer -- I couldn't stay flat on the water, probably because those tumors were pushing against the spine.

Any advice? I'll probably just grab some fins and a kick board today, and get the feel of the water. It should be … interesting.

NO THAT"S THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO! why would the first time you swim decide to put immense pressure on your lower spine with fins and a kickboard?

Kickboards cause significant hyperextension in the back adn fins add force...both increase strain.

Geez...let us know how your back feels afterwards.

What you probably need is to develop core stability and integration. Good luck.
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.. What you probably need is to develop core stability and integration. ...
What would you suggest for that?
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OK clearly I was so excited about getting back in the water today that I didn't think about what not to do.

No kick board, no fins. I did some glides followed by easy freestyle and then some backstroke.

It felt pretty good! Kind of strange but better than I expected.

Back feels fine.
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What would you suggest for that?
From my limited perspective as a TI progressing beginner, a Finis Swimmer's Snorkel would seem to be an obvious tool for allowing swimming in the horizontal water-supported position, with near normal free style stroke mechanics, minimal if any torsion on the spine, and yet still continuous air supply.

No, wait, I have to amend that -- if you swim very low in the water, like I do, then you would have a limited allowance for head rotation before the snorkel tip gets submerged. So you would need to be able to keep your head aligned face down as your body rolled left and right, in other words requiring some spinal rotation between the trunk and the head. If you had normal buoyancy, floating high at the surface, the snorkel length leeway would allow 30-45 degrees of head roll, I would think, and in that case you could get away with neck rigidity.
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What would you suggest for that?

I would suggest TI ;-)
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Old 12-19-2014
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I would suggest TI ;-)
Ha b****y ha! RofL :D
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