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Possibly: You could damage your back without proper technique. There are several exercises to strengthen your abs without having to do crunches. Planks are a good example of this. See your physical therapist to make sure you are using proper technique and to learn additional isometric exercises. ...Read more
Proper form: not if you protect your lower back with a rolledup towel and use proper form. I suggest consulting with your physician if you have pre-existing lower back issues. Have your feet planted on the floor, hand supporting and behind your neck and lift up only 2-4 inches from the floor. ...Read more
Inflammation: Shoulder "crunching" could be completely benign, especially if it is not painful or you are not limited by it. If it is painful you may have developed bursitis. Typically bursitis is treated with nsaids, specific rotator cuff exercises, sometimes an injection if the symptoms do not resolve on there own. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ankles, hands or arm: You can attach wights to your arms or legs or wrists while you are using the medicine. Some people even like to use a weight band around their waist. ...Read more
Watch YouTube: Here are some exercises I demonstrate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20zybMbnVoU ...Read more
Holding your head: When you do sit-ups or crunches, you generally hold your head in a neutral position or slightly forward, and if you do this for many repetitions, you are going to get a "stiff" neck or some pain in the neck. You can try different exercises like planking or medicine ball crunches. ...Read more
Ask a trainer...: Consult a personal trainer or find a staff member at your gym to help. ...Read more
Probably...: 'crunches' is an exercise that involves repeated contraction/relaxation of abdominal (& back) mm. The most likely areas of 'strained' mms is where they attach to tendons/ligaments, which then attach to cartilage/bone. Strain means pain.Rest those mms, exercise others. When aok, restart, this time slower and fewer, gradually increase. Then again, it could also be a gas pocket stuck in RUQ of abd-:). ...Read more
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