Why Pilates Can Really Relieve Your Aching Back Absolutely?

 

Why Pilates Can Really Relieve Your Aching Back Absolutely? Read on here if you are looking for a safe and effective to relieve your aching back.
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If you’re fed up with your aching back, put down your painkillers (and certainly postpone any invasive procedures like steroid injections or back surgery) and put on your workout clothes.

 

Exercise, in general, is wonderful for back pain (both prevention and relief), but today I want you to consider one specific type that shows particularly exciting promise for back-pain relief: Pilates. (And I’ve got an exceptional Pilates instructional DVD that is yours FREE today at the bottom of this article!)

 

Developed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, a physical trainer who created the exercises for rehabilitation. Soldiers, dancers and others in need of strengthening their bodies and healing from aches and pains were among the first early devotees, but today it’s enjoyed by more than 5 million Americans.

 

Joseph Pilates was quoted as saying (at the age of 86!):

 

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”

 

What Exactly is Pilates?

 

You’ve probably heard of Pilates, but if you’ve never tried it you’re probably wondering what, exactly, it is. Pilates is a form of resistance exercise based on a series of controlled movements that help you improve strength, flexibility and stamina. They’re performed on specialized Pilates exercise apparatus (such as the “Reformer” or the “Spine Corrector) or on the floor (mat work).

 

Like yoga, Pilates excels at working your core muscles, which stretch from your mid-back to your knees. As you strengthen these muscles, you gain extra support for your spine, which not only helps relieve pain but also improves posture (a key element in maintaining a healthy back).

 

According to the Pilates Method Alliance:

 

“Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.

 

… Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, healthy breathing is a primary focus. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, coordination – both muscular and mental, are key components in an effective Pilates program.

 

Posture, balance, and core strength are all heartily increased. Bone density and joint health improve, and many experience positive body awareness for the first time. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that capacity spills over into other areas of one’s life.”

 

Major Results Using Pilates for Back Pain

 

If you know anyone who does Pilates (or have done it yourself), you’ve probably heard how great it can make you feel. But you needn’t rely solely on anecdotes, as there’s an impressive (and growing) body of research that supports the effectiveness of Pilates for back-pain relief.

 

In people with persistent, non-specific low back pain, Pilates provide superior pain relief than minimal intervention, according to a meta-analysis of seven randomized controlled trials.

 

Pilates resulted in a significant reduction in pain intensity and disability among people with non-specific low back pain after one, three and six months.

 

Adults with chronic low back pain reported a significant decrease in low back pain and disability after participating in a four-week Pilates program — and the benefits lasted over the 12-month follow-up period.

 

People who engaged in specific exercises geared toward training the core muscles, including muscles surrounding the spine, had a significant reduction in pain intensity and functional disability, with the benefits persisting for the entire 30-month follow-up period. Although this doesn’t specifically test Pilates, core strengthening is an integral part of Pilates’ principles.

 

As reported in Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine:

 

“It follows the Pilates method would be beneficial for patients with LBP [low back pain] because it improves absolute core strength and moreover encourages proper activation patterns of core musculature. For example, the foundation of the mat program is a group of exercises that train core stabilization; when proper recruitment patterns are demonstrated, more challenging exercises are progressively added to improve core strength.

 

… in addition to the role core strengthening plays in benefiting patients with CLBP [chronic low back pain], one must also consider the impact of the mental component of Pilates. Like yoga, the Pilates’ principles of breathing and concentration are no doubt intricately tied to the mechanism behind its effectiveness for the CLBP population.”

 

Mat Pilates May be Better Than Apparatus Pilates as a Way to Relieve Your Aching Back

 

If you have back pain and you’re wondering what type of Pilates to try, start with a mat-based program (as opposed to a class that involves use of apparatus).

 

One study of businesswomen with chronic low back pain found that Pilates mat exercises resulted in greater improvement in pain level and balance compared with Pilates apparatus exercises. The researchers noted:

 

“PME [Pilates mat exercise] is assumed to have been more suitable and effective [for patients with low back pain] because it uses body weight to strengthen core muscles rather than heavier apparatuses as in PAE [Pilates apparatus exercise].”

 

The other major benefit to mat Pilates is that needn’t go to a gym or specialized Pilates center to do it; mat Pilates can be done right in your own home … and if you use the Pilates Made Easy DVD, you can do it for free too. That’s because, right now, I’m giving it away.

 

People pay well over a hundred dollars for a single private Pilates session and a group session can be anywhere from $12-25 EACH! Now, I’m making it a real “no brainer” for you by offering you this Pilates Made Easy DVD valued at $29.00…FOR FREE!

 

If you have always wanted to give it a try but didn’t want to spend the cash this is your chance to save major bucks, not to mention get rid of your back pain.

 

And as you might suspect, pain relief is only one of Pilates’ benefits. It’s also known for creating long, lean muscles (not bulk), improving posture, balance and coordination, preventing injuries and heightening body awareness.

 

So please give it a try. At worst, you’ll decide Pilates isn’t for you, but hopefully you’ll decide it absolutely is, and get much-needed relief from your back pain, too.

 

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By Jesse Cannone – Creator of the International Best-Selling Back Pain Treatment Program “Lose the Back Pain System” and Best-Selling Book “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”

 

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click HERE to learn more

What Can Really Be The Greatest Barriers to Health?

 

What Can Really Be The Greatest Barriers to Health? It seems we all, in our quest for health, well-being or simple pain relief, we often encounter some barriers to health that seem either to be in our way or to fall along our path as we traverse it toward feeling good. Read on to find out how you can get over this.
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Whether you have back pain, sciatica, neck or shoulder pain, headaches, PMS, tendonitis or something other… you have by now likely sought out alternative practices to relieve your suffering.

 

Maybe the prescription meds helped a bit, but only for a while. You learned — or felt — that they aren’t so beneficial after all. And when they wore off, you had to take more… and more.

 

And now perhaps you are seeing an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, a massage therapist or some other holistic therapist… and are finding that the requirements to do what is asked of you (outside of appointments) is just not quite fitting into your busy daily schedule.

 

Taking personal responsibility for your own health is difficult. It requires dedication and patience. Life is tough.

 

It seems we all, in our quest for health, well-being or simple pain relief, encounter the same set of barriers. These are things that seem either to be in our way or to fall along our path as we traverse it toward feeling good.

 

And while each person’s barriers are of different sizes, the following three are by far the most common.

 

Barriers to Health #1: Time

 

Perhaps the most obvious barrier to achieving optimal health is time. There is only so much of it in a day, a week, a month and a year. We can’t add time, and when we finally do find a free moment it gets eaten up by unsuspecting sources, like: work, house work, family obligations, events, projects, you name it.

 

Something always seems to get in the way of doing our exercises, driving out of the way to purchase organic whole foods, eating balanced meals, getting a healthy amount of sleep, taking those supplements as directed, drinking enough water.

 

After a while, people start to think that going the “alternative” route to relief may be a bit overbearing. You have to visit the practitioner perhaps several days per week for several weeks. You have to take herbs or supplements. You have to do additional stretches or exercises between visits… and sometimes even on the same day!

 

The main difference between mainstream medicine and alternative therapies is that the practitioners and products of alternative ‘medicine’ are working toward healing you; not patching you up. And healing takes time.

 

But I’m here to tell you that time is no true barrier to health!

Look, I know you’re busy. You’ve got kids, a demanding job, a hectic family schedule. But if you need to exercise, you can prioritize 20 minutes at a time, 3 days per week.

 

Forget reruns of Seinfeld; do your stretches instead. Better yet, why not do the exercises while watching your favorite sitcom or the evening news?

Skip reading the morning paper tomorrow and go for a walk instead! Skip the take out lunch and go to the farmer’s market on the way home from work, then prepare a healthy lunch in advance.

 

There are always sets of minutes in a day that can be “constructed” into health minutes. You simply need to prioritize your day, your week — your life — and establish the time. If you don’t and your ills become chronic or life-threatening… what good is your time then?

 

Do yourself, your family and your loved-ones a favor and break down that Time Barrier. It doesn’t exist; it’s an illusion. Only laziness and lack of creativity make time short. And you’re neither lazy nor uncreative!

 

Barriers to Health #2: Money

 

The second most common barrier is money. That is, having the financial means available to buy the best organic or free-range foods, receiving the best holistic treatments and taking only the highest quality herbs and supplements available.

 

A personal trainer costs money. A weekly massage costs money. Acupuncture can get expensive. Herbs are cheap, but their protocols are long so they add up.

 

The main thing is to prioritize your wellness dollars. If you are spending X amount on health each month, how can it be maximized? And if you are spending money on extra cable TV channels, expensive dinners and unnecessary clothing–then why not cut back on these and spend the money on your health instead? It’s not how you look; it is how you feel!

 

One of the best things you can do is to learn methods of reducing stress, of stretching and of exercising you can do by yourself at any time of day. This will allow you to reduce your massage frequency and you will derive greater benefit from the herbs and acupuncture you are receiving.

 

I recommend consulting your holistic practitioner to get a clear picture of how many visits over what length of time will be required of you. You also want to know what herbs or supplements you may need to take and over what period of time.

 

With this information you will know ahead of time (no pun intended), how much money you will need to allocate for your natural therapy.

 

With this information, you can begin to budget your wellness dollars accordingly. I highly recommend you not begin a course of treatment until you have the means to attend every required visit and to purchase whatever additional things are needed along the way.

 

No sense in wasting money on half a therapy, is there? And with clarity of costs, allocation of money in place… money will no longer be a barrier to your health.

 

Barriers to Health #3: Belief in the Therapy

 

The third most common barrier to health is one’s own level of belief in what it is they are doing (or receiving) and what the result of that will be.

 

Are you on a fast? If so, do you believe it will do you good and deliver on the expected results? Are you receiving Rolfing? Do you think the sessions are helping, or will help if you follow them through their prescribed course of treatment?

 

My point is, many people who begin and then drop out of holistic care, do so because they lose faith in the method of care they are receiving. This either happens because the practitioner has made unrealistic promises, or the patient was expecting different results than the ones gained. And most Americans want fast and easy results.

 

Well I’m here to tell you that by their very nature alternative therapies are not fast — but they are safe, holistic, non-invasive and, if followed through, their results can be long lasting and life changing.

 

When working with alternative therapies of any kind, you must obtain a clear picture of what may and may not happen… and over what period of time. Managing your goals (e.g., “I want to be pain free by July) and your expectations (e.g., “At the very least, I expect to be gardening again in April), you will be able to ‘hold the course’ as the treatment progresses.

 

The best way to overcome the belief barrier is to discuss the therapeutic method at length with the practitioner who is offering the service. Ask for reading material. Ask for case studies. Talk to other patients.

 

By doing this, you will empower yourself with enough information to know that the program is either not the right one for you, or that you can rightfully dedicate time, money and effort to it.

 

In closing, I want you to know that I understand that you may be at the end of your rope. You have already spent huge sums of money, time and effort trying to get better, to be pain free, to lead the life you desire.

 

But your life isn’t over, and there is plenty of time left to truly live. All you have to do is redouble your courage, dig your heels in and: 1) make the time, 2) allocate the money, and 3) believe in the outcome.

 

By breaking down the barriers to health, nothing can block your path to the pain-free life you so rightly deserve. To your life!

 

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Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click HERE to learn more

How to Really Keep a Good Posture in 17 Steps?

 

How to Really Keep a Good Posture in 17 Steps?  Bad posture is a leading cause of back and neck pain, aching shoulders and even headaches. Read here to find out how you can keep a good posture to stop your pain.
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Remember how your mom always told you to keep a good posture by standing up straight? She knew what she was talking about! When you slump and slouch, the bad posture that results is a leading cause of back and neck pain, aching shoulders and even headaches.

 

As you might suspect, sitting or standing for long periods with bad posture stresses and strains muscles throughout your body, eventually leading to muscle imbalances as they become progressively used to being out of proper alignment.

 

Plus, poor posture has also been linked to conditions you’d probably never associate with a little bit of slouching, like:

 

  • Increased feelings of depression
  • Lower energy
  • Problems at work, because you appear less confident
  • Slowed digestion and constipation
  • Increased risk of premature death, diabetes and heart disease
  • Making you look fatter
  • Decreased circulation
  • Lower self confidence
  • Increased stress

 

What is Poor Posture? Three Common Examples

 

Millions of Americans have chronically poor posture, and virtually everyone has improper posture at one point or another. If you have back pain, neck pain or tense muscles, there’s a good chance your posture could be improved. If you’re wondering, what, exactly, constitutes poor posture, here are some of the most common examples:

 

Hunchback: This is common when sitting hunched over a computer and leads to an excessively curved back. Eventually this posture will weaken your upper back muscles and lead to neck, shoulder and back pain.

 

Rounded shoulders: This is also common while sitting and can cause your chest muscles to tighten and your upper back to weaken.

 

Forward head: Your head should be in line with your shoulders and spine, but many people hold their head forward while driving, sitting and standing. This can cause tightness in your back and neck muscles, along with neck pain.

 

How to Keep a Good Posture in 17 Steps

 

It’s pretty instinctual, when reading an article about proper posture, to straighten up and put your shoulders back. But there’s actually more to correcting your posture than this.

 

Here’s a simple guide to correct your posture while sitting, standing and even sleeping.

 

How to Keep a Good Posture When Standing

 

  1. Stand tall with your feet shoulder width apart, your knees slightly bent

 

  1. There should be a small curve in your lower back, but don’t arch too much or lean back — your goal should be a neutral spine

 

  1. Your shoulder blades should be down and back, your chest lifted

 

  1. Keep your chin level so that the highest point of your body is the top back of your head

 

  1. Use your stomach muscles for extra support in keeping your body straighter

 

  1. Keep your jaw and neck relaxed

 

Try the wall test:

 

  • Put the back of your head, your buttocks and shoulder blades against a wall
  • Your heels should be six inches from the wall
  • The gap between your neck and small of your back and the wall should be less than two inches — a larger gap indicates bad posture

 

How to Keep a Good Posture When Sitting

 

  1. Sit with your feet resting flat on the floor and your hips bent at a 90-degree angle; your knees should be slightly lower than your hips

 

  1. Your lower back should be arched slightly

 

  1. Keep your chest lifted and your chin level (a book should be able to rest on your head)

 

  1. Your shoulders should be back and relaxed

 

  1. Avoid slouching, leaning forward, crossing your legs or trying to sit with your spine perfectly straight

 

  1. Stand up frequently, as it’s difficult to maintain proper posture during prolonged sitting

 

  1. Be sure your chair supports proper posture

 

How to Keep a Good Posture When Sleeping

 

  1. Choose a firm mattress with comfortable support

 

  1. Ideally, sleep on your side using pillows for support; try a pillow between your legs, on your back or under your knees

 

  1. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, which puts pressure on the vertebrae in your neck)

 

  1. Avoid sleeping with too many stacked pillows, which may strain your neck

 

Watch this VIDEO HERE to learn how to keep a good posture

 

Simple Lifestyle Strategies for Better Posture

 

Even when you know how to correct your posture, maintaining it can be difficult, especially if you’ve grown used to poor posture.

 

If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can make it easier for you to improve your posture, as can regular exercise, which strengthens key muscles necessary for correct posture.

 

Still, abnormal postural conditions like those described are almost assuredly causing your muscles, joints and ligaments to function under increased stress and strain, eventually leading to failure (i.e. pain).

 

You must address these issues to permanently relieve your pain and restore proper posture.

 

The solution?

 

First identify and then correct your muscle imbalances!

 

With the Lose the Back Pain System, you’ll go through a series of self-assessments designed to help you pinpoint which postural dysfunctions you have, then you’ll discover a customized series of corrective exercises, stretches, and self-treatments that are unique to your condition and specific muscle imbalances.

 

If you have poor posture, then you almost assuredly have muscle imbalances, and probably related pain and tension, too.

 

Tens of thousands of people have already used this breakthrough system to eliminate back and neck pain, while improving posture, in less than 30 days, and you, too, can join them now

 

By Jesse Cannone – Creator of the International Best-Selling Back Pain Treatment Program “Lose the Back Pain System” and Best-Selling Book “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”

 

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click HERE to learn more

Is Backpack the Main Cause of Back Pain in Children?

 

Is Backpack the Main Cause of Back Pain in Children? Do you know what can be the main cause of back pain in children and what can be done if this happens to your kids? Read on to find out more
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Back pain is pervasive throughout the adult population. It is one of the most common reasons to visit a doctor. Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previously reported.

 

In fact, the use of overweight backpacks is a major contributing factor for back pain in children. In addition to overloaded backpacks, improper wearing of them may predispose a child to various health problems.

 

Back pain usually results from repetitive loading as well as improper mechanics.

 

Does your child complain or exhibit the following signs and symptoms?

 

  • Aching back
  • Aching neck and shoulders
  • Tingling in the arms and hands
  • Slumped posture: rounded shoulders, forward head
  • Posture changes when wearing a backpack
  • Struggling when putting on or taking off the backpack
  • Redness and/or soreness on the shoulders

 

The major contributing factors associated with injury:

 

  • Muscle imbalances: too weak in the abdominal area, shoulder blades, and/or lower body
  • Slumped posture while standing and sitting
  • Posture changes: arching the back, leaning forward, leaning to one side

 

You can also watch a Video Article HERE to understand more about muscle imbalance which is also one of the main reasons for back pain in children.

 

These factors may cause improper loading on the spine, which in turn can cause poor alignment of the vertebrae, which negatively impacts the function of the discs as shock absorbers.

 

When the backpack is too heavy or positioned poorly, this causes muscles to work harder, leading to strain and fatigue that ultimately makes the back, neck, and shoulders more susceptible to injury. This therefore causes back pain in children who carry heavy backpacks to schools.

 

Recommendations to insure proper and safe backpack use in order to avoid back pain in children:

 

  • Do not carry more than 15% of the child’s body weight. For example, a child who weighs 100 pounds, should not carry more than 15 pounds in his or her backpack
  • Utilize both straps over the shoulders. This provides better distribution of the weight. Make sure they are well padded. If the backpack has a waist belt use it to reduce the load on the shoulders and neck.
  • Load the heaviest items closest to the child’s back. Make sure the books and the other materials do not slide around.
  • Make sure the backpack is positioned across the mid back and do not allow it to hang below the waist of the child. Straps should not be loose, and should be adjusted while putting on and taking off to permit free movement of the arms without twisting and side bending the spine.
  • Parents should assist with the loading and the organization of the books and materials. Make sure the items are necessary for each particular day. If necessary, it’s OK to have the child hand carry a couple of books.

 

Other important considerations:

 

  • Listen to your child. If he or she continues to complain of pain and discomfort do not shrug it off. There are plenty of things children can do to avoid pain. Have them evaluated by a medical professional.
  • You may consider a backpack that has wheels. Make sure the extended handle is the appropriate length to prevent the child from bending and twisting excessively.
  • Be aware of your child’s habits and physical make-up. Proper exercise and nutrition are key to preventing injuries immediately as well as later in life.

 

By Dr. Robert V. Duvall (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and Jesse Cannone – Creator of the International Best-Selling Back Pain Treatment Program “Lose the Back Pain System” and Best-Selling Book “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”

 

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click here to learn more

 

Back Pain Treatment – Does Surgery Work?

 

Back Pain Treatment – Does Surgery Work? If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, read on to understand more about surgery as a way of back pain treatment.
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In traditional medicine, the usual back pain treatment is by surgery. And it often doesn’t work. So often, in fact, that back pain surgery is the only category of surgery that actually has a clinical term for failure: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.

If you ask me, any treatment that actually expects failure is not a treatment at all.

I don’t care what type of surgery you’re considering. With any treatment that only addresses the symptoms—in this case, pain—the question is not what symptoms you have but what caused them.

 

3 Reasons Surgery as a Way of Back Pain Treatment Doesn’t Work

 

I’m not going to tell you that you should not have surgery for back pain treatment. I can assure you, however, that once you have surgery, everything changes. You will never be the same, even if the surgery is a success.

There are maybe a dozen or so types of surgical procedures for back pain, and all of them attempt to do one of two things: remove the pressure on the nerve or stabilize the spine.

 

Let’s take a herniated disc, for example. You have pain because the disc is pressing on the nerve. Your doctor says that the only thing he can do is remove the part of the disc that’s touching the nerve.

Your first thought probably is: Good-bye pain!

Not so fast.

1. Once the operation is completed, your body will go through a recovery process that includes a lot of pain and awkward movement just to get you through each day. This is going to be your first potential source of trouble.

 

Because your body now has to contort itself, you’ll be putting unnatural wear and tear on other areas of your body. As a result, you may begin to have problems above or below the surgery site or in other joints such as the hips or sacroiliac.

2. Back pain treatment by way of surgery usually produces scar tissue. But because back surgery occurs so close to nerves, the scar tissue often builds up and makes contact with a nerve. This can cause as much pain as if the disc itself were still putting pressure on the nerve.

3. The rehab you’re likely to get soon after the operation is only going to address your postoperative pain. It will help you improve your functional skills to perform what are called “activities of daily living,” which include bathing, dressing, going to the bathroom, and the like. This is fine and necessary so you can go home and be safe. But it doesn’t address the long-term cause of the pain.

 

The Causes of Back Pain

 

Most back pain conditions have to do with something called “postural dysfunctions.” Postural dysfunctions are similar to a car’s tire being out of proper alignment. In the body, improper alignment is seen as abnormal curvature of the spine and abnormal positioning of the pelvis.

The great news is that we know what cause these postural dysfunctions and how to correct them.

To get our bodies back into balance so they can function normally again, we need to get our muscles back into alignment.

 

5 Important Questions to Ask When considering Surgery for Back Pain Treatment

 

If you are considering surgery, I’d recommend finding a qualified therapist first. Give yourself 60 days to work on stretching and strengthening before you decide whether or not to go under the knife.

If you still opt for surgery, tell both your therapist and your surgeon that you want your postoperative rehab to address both short-term and long-term goals. It must not only work on decreasing your pain so you can safely go home. It also must answer the following five questions related to the root cause or causes of your pain.

1. Which postural dysfunction did you identify? Ask the surgeon and therapist to examine you for dysfunction, including the following two potential abnormalities.

 

2. How would you describe the curvature of my spine from top to bottom?

 

3. How would you describe the position of my pelvis (level or tipping)?

 

4. What are my muscle imbalances? The therapist must explain how your muscles are out of balance—which muscles are strong, weak, flexible or tight in relation to one another.

 

You can also watch a Video Article HERE to understand more about muscle imbalance.

 

5. Which muscles do I need to stretch and which ones do I need to strengthen? (Be sure the therapist explains what each muscle group does so you know how to do the exercises correctly.)

Have both your surgeon and your therapist write everything down as part of your long-term goal and ask for a copy.

 

The Path to Success for Back Pain Treatment

 

If you eventually do decide to have surgery, understand that the number one reason why back pain sufferers fail to get long-term relief — and by that I mean more than five years — is that this very simple principle of muscle imbalance was not addressed seriously.

Once you do address it, though, then you really are on the path to a pain-free life.

 

By Jesse Cannone – Creator of the International Best-Selling Back Pain Treatment Program “Lose the Back Pain System” and Best-Selling Book “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”

 

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click here to learn more