Iím just guessing, but hereís what your experience with back pain has probably been like:
You probably went to your family doctor first, or a chiropractor. Your visit likely only lasted 15
minutes or so... they poked around and confirmed that you do have back pain and gave you a
prescription for the pain. Now before we go any further, let me ask you this: how in the heck is a
prescription drug going to fix a physical problem like back pain?
Doctor visits, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, new
mattress, rub on creams, and the list goes on...
Iím sure youíve tried several or maybe even many on that list yet youíre back still hurts.... Why
arenít any of the experts helping or treatments working?
The answer is simple...
Itís all in the approach... most, if not all, of the treatments people receive for back pain are
flawed from the start. Iím not going to cover each of them in detail in this article, however, if
you would like to learn more about traditional treatments for back pain and why they donít work, I
suggest you read my article on the subject here:
You and I already know that those treatments just donít work, so I want to give you some information
that you can use to take control of your own health and well being and find "the" treatment that
will finally get rid of your back pain once and for all.
It has been my experience that trying to convince somebody of something they are unfamiliar with is
just about impossible.... so instead of me telling you what to do, I want to give you the tools for
you to do it yourself.
Step one: First, you must understand that pain is your bodyís way of telling you something is
wrong... donít ignore it! And in order to fix it or get rid of it, you must first know whatís
Step two: Be open-minded... in order to find a solution youíll need to be willing to learn... and
please donít be afraid to look for and/or ask for help.
There are thousands of sources of information in the world on upper back pain, lower back pain and
back pain in general, but if you donít know how to sort through all that information it will be
useless to you.
Step three: Take action now... youíre going to do it, and with my help! You do not have to live with
low back pain, upper back pain, sciatic pain, or any back pain for that matter and you can feel
You have two options:
1. Leave it up to your doctor or chiropractor and hope it gets taken care of...
2. You can take control of your back care yourself and ensure it gets taken care of
I donít know about you, but itís a no brainer for me!
But, I know you may be feeling like thereís NO solution and maybe youíve even resigned yourself to
the fact that youíll have back pain for the rest of your life... I hope thatís not the case because
you do have the power and ability to eliminate it.
If you choose option one, leaving your back health in the hands of someone other than yourself, at
least educate yourself enough to know what questions you need to be asking.
The next time you go to the doctor or chiropractor, bring a pen and paper along with the list of
1. What is the cause of the pain? (Not the symptom, but the actual cause)
2. Is it muscular or structural? (involving the bones of the spine)
3. If itís muscular have the doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, etc name exactly which
muscles and other muscles that may be involved.
4. Do I need an X-ray, CT-scan or MRI?
5. Did I have a predisposition for the injury based on my life style and daily postures?
6. Do I have muscle imbalances that created this condition over time?
7. Will I have muscle imbalances still after your treatment?
8. Will it heel 100%?
9. Are there specific exercises or stretches to do for my condition?
10. Which muscles should I stretch and which muscles should I strengthen?
11. Will I do more harm than good if I donít do the right activities?
12. Will the physical therapist you are sending me to have the time to spend one on one with me to
effectively work with me?
13. Will Ultra Sound and Electrical Stimulation correct my muscle imbalances?
I could go on and on with questions like these that you should ask your doctor, but we both know
that you wonít... because you donít want to piss off the doctor and then worry that youíll get bad
care next time.
So did I just waist my time and yours by listing them out. Heck no, these are great questions to use
when trying to find a treatment approach that will work for you.
We already know what doesnít work and why, letís talk now about what does work. In order for any
back care program or approach to be successful, it must include the following criteria:
∑ Identify the root cause of the problem
∑ Treat both the symptom and the cause
∑ Focus on the body as a whole and not zoom in on only the problem area
∑ Physical problems can only be treated and corrected with a physical approach
∑ Address muscle imbalances with targeted strength, flexibility, and muscle work
∑ Be easy to understand, implement, and progress
∑ Help you maintain a healthy back and prevent future occurrences
So how can you find a back care program that not only meets all these criteria, but is proven to
work far better than traditional treatments?
Just do a little research... you can use the internet to find all sorts of information and resources
on back pain, but remember, it must meet the criteria we outlined above our itís guaranteed to fail!
Donít give up, itís out there, if you take the time to look youíll find it... maybe right under your
Article courtesy of Jesse Cannone and Steve Hefferon. Find out exactly whatís causing your back pain
and how to eliminate it with the "Lose the Back Pain" Video. Be sure to also take advantage of all
the free resources and information on back pain at their website: http://www.losethebackpain.com
- Name: Jesse Cannone CFT, CPRS and Steve Hefferon CMT
- Date: 07/26/04 at 16:41
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