Tuesday, December 22, 2009

80 % of Back Pain Is Soft Tissue Pain


A study published in The American Journal of Roentgenology recently reported that 80% of back pain sufferers had soft-tissue inflammation. Soft tissues pain is inflammation of tissues like muscles due to injury. Inflammation is your body' natural relation to trauma Click Here! . When these inflammed tissues swell they usually press on nerves. This causes a second type of pain, nerve pain. If you are experiencing back pain chances you are dealing with both soft tissue and nerve pain.

So if you have sciatica, herniated disc, spinal stenois your pain is probably mixed pain, a combination of soft tissue and nerve pain. An example of this is when you experience pain running down your leg. This is your sciatic nerve sending pain signals to your brain. This was the problem I was experiencing. Even though I had a ruptured disc in my back the disc was pressing against my sciatic nerve and the pain I felt was down my leg despite the injury being in my lower back.

Do your back muscles ache? Then you are experiencing some kind of soft tissue injury, inflammation and pain. Maybe from all the snow shoveling. The only way to get rid of the pain is to eliminate the inflammation. If you are experiencing numbness, shooting pain and/or burning then it's your nerves that are fired up because the surrounding tissue is inflamed.

Eliminating the inflammation will reduce and/or stop the nerve pain. To correct this problem it's important to look at the underlying causes. Frequently soft tissue inflammation is the result of muscle imbalance. Correcting this imbalance will reduce the inflamation and stop the pain. One of the best programs specifically design to address muscle imbalance is the "Lose The Back Pain System" Click Here! by the Healthy Back Institute. Through a series of exercises custom designed for your specific back pain, muscles are realigned. As the study by the American Journal of Roentgenology points out 80% of back pain suffers have soft tissue inflammation. These people can be helped by treated the inflammation with a program of proper physical therapy.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lose The Back Pain Only $49.00!


Jesse Cannon of The Healthy Back Institute has just annouced that their system: "The Lose The Back Pain" has been reduced from $97.00 to $49.00! This is the complete program that has helped thousand lose their back pain. Go to his website check out the videos, free info and sign up for his free newsletter. I think you will agree that his program works. Click Here!

Here's one of many testimonials. "My butt pain (around the ischeal tuberosity) is but a shadow of what it formerly was. My running speed has come back to what it was before the onset of this problem. I have no pain running now at all. I am again running mountain trails at considerable speed (for me) with no problem. I am so grateful to you for coming up with this program." Click Here!



Bill Finley - 62 Year Old Runner
Asheville, NC

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Back Pain Caused By Consipation!

Recently got this message from Jesse Cannnon of the Healthy Back Insititue and Lose The Back Pain System.

"As you can imagine, I get thousands of emails each day from
people suffer from all types of pain...

Well, a few months ago I included an article in my email
newsletter about how sometimes back pain can be caused by,
or made worse by constipation...

And as you may already know, many pain medications cause
constipation... so this is a very common problem yet most
folks don't even realize it...

Anyway, the article recommended a colon cleanse and the
response we've received has been great..."

Now I don't know about colon cleansing. As my Mom would say: "Eat plenty of fruits and veggies and you won't have a problem." Amazing how right my mother's advice was too bad I didn't listen to her.

Jesse has a lot of great tips, exercises and videos on his website all for free! Plus a free newsletter. Click Here!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Chi-gong For Back Pain

Can Chi-gong cure an aching back? I came across the ancient chinese practice of Chi-qonq or Qigong while looking for alternative back pain treatments. Wikipedia defines Qigong as follows:Qigong (or ch'i kung) is an internal Chinese meditative practice which often uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of qi within the human body, and enhance a practitioner's overall health. There are also many forms of Qigong that are done with little or no movement at all, in standing, sitting and supine positions; likewise, not all forms of Qigong use breath control techniques.

In its simplest form, the Chinese character for qi, in qigong, can mean air, breath, or "life force". Gong means work, so qigong is therefore the practice of "working" with ones "life force". There are more than 10,000 styles of qigong and 200 million people practicing these methods. There are three main reasons why people do qigong: 1) To gain strength, improve health or reverse a disease 2) To gain skill working with qi, so as to become a healer 3) To become more connected with the "Tao, God, True Source, Great Spirit", for a more meaningful connection with nature and the universe. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org">

All this sounds great. But does it relieve the pain of an aching back? Well with any treatment from surgery to Chi-gong there is no guarantee. However the exercises are gentle, slow movements that seem to have many benefits beyong relieving back pain.
No greater an authority than Dr. Oz (You may have seen him on Oprah.) Devotes a whole chapter to Chi-gong in his book "Staying Young".Visit his website @ http://www.realage.com/the-you-docs/you-staying-young/chi-gong-workout for Qigong exercises. I have been doing these for about two weeks and feel they have help me increase flexibility and reduce pain and tightness. Of course with any exercise program it's important to tell your doctor. One program that has a track record of success is "The Lose The Back Pain System" by The Healthy Back Institute. For more info Click Here!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Six Months Since Back Surgery


It's been six months since my back surgery. After three months of recovery, therapy and exercising I returned to work on August 1st. Now three months after returning to work I feel great. It did take a while to get use to being up and about and having to sit a desk and drive to my clients offices. However I have continued with my exercise program and tried to walk each day.

The important thing is to move every fifteen to thirty minutes. It's easy to sit at a desk and work for an hour or two without moving. But if you do you'll be stiff and achy. Getting up and walking around a little or doing some simple stretches can really help.

There are many resources on the web that can help you deal with your back pain. For my money The Lose The Back Pain System by The Healthy Back Institute is the best. When you visit their website you'll countless videos and articles that can help you eliminate your back pain and the best thing is they are all free! Plus you can subscribe to their free newsletter.
Click Here For More Free Info! take the first step towards being pain free.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Inversion Tables Are Effective In Relieving Back Pain.


Inversion tables are a safe, effective, non-invasive and proven method of managing back pain. I also discovered that there are several advantages to using inversion tables besides pain management. Below are a list of the benefits as you can see inversion tables are not just for your aching back.

1. Your circulation is improved: By inverting your body you are working with gravity to increase circulation. Inverting also helps the lymphatic system clear itself faster.

2. Slows down /prevents height shrinkage: Aging causes your spinal column to shrink as disc lose flexibility and elasticity. Regular use of an inversion table stretches your spine and helps to maintain your height.

3. Inverting is a great stress reliever: Like yoga inverting stretches joints, relaxing your body and helping you sleep.

4. Inverting sharpens your mind: Using an inversion table causes an increase supply of oxygen to the brain increasing mental sharpness.

5. Inversion helps your joints: Regular use of an inversion table helps keep your joints stay healthy and supple allowing you to maintain a more youthful lifestyle.

6. Better posture: Inverting and reversing the directional pull of gravity enables you to stand, move and sit comfortable.

7. Great for after a workout: Activities like golf, bowling, running, tennis etc can compress your spine and pull your spine out of alignment. Inverting naturally corrects minor misalignment's and helps you recover better from other activities.

All in all inversion tables definitely have their place in not only pain management but in overall health and fitness. Check with your local health club and see if they have inversion tables. If they not encourage the to buy some. Or consider investing in one for your own use.Click Here For More Free Info!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Spinal Injections


The thought of someone sticking a needle in my spine does not thrill me. Especially when the needle looks like something you would use on a horse instead of a human. But if a spinal injections can stop the back pain and let me return to a normal life I am ready to try it. If this sounds like you and you are desperately seeking a way to stop your back from aching then read on.

So exactly what is a spinal injection? Basically a needle is inserted into the epidural space surrounding your vertebra and a solution of anti-inflammation medication and or steroid is injected into the space. The idea is to block the pain, give you some relief and give your doctor a better idea of what the problem is. Although not as invasive as surgery there are risks and you should discuss these with your doctor.Click Here For More Free Info!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tpis to Relieve Your Back Pain


Try these other tips to ease the severity of your neck and upper back pain symptoms:

Take regular stretch breaks — try shoulder shrugs, raising your shoulders towards your ears to create a slight tension in your neck and shoulders and hold for 3-5 seconds; relax and repeat
Rub out knotted muscles and trigger points
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated (avoid coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages)
Use a natural anti-inflammatory in place of ibuprofen or other dangerous pain medicines. Click Here For More Free Info!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Can Tapping Cure An Aching Back


I have recently been "experimenting" with a technique called Tapping or EFT. EFT stands for emotional freedom therapy. Basically you tap with your fingers on key meridans located on your body. I find that it helps when I have some aches and feel crampy after a long day at work. I have also used it for other things like boosting energy, helping to settle down and get a good night's sleep.

The great thing about tapping is it's easy to learn, you can do it yourself, there's lots of free info and there are no side affects. The best source is http://www.emofree.com give it a try. Click Here For More Back Pain Relief Tips!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

84 Year Old Playing Tennis Again!


I wanted to post this from the "Lose The Back Pain" Newsletter. At 84 years old, Wayne Wall is back on the tennis court and I wanted to share with you his recent comments:

"As a result of far infrared heat applications and the stretches you recommended, my sciatica is no longer troubling me and I am again playing tennis 5 times a week at age 84. Thank you!"

Wayne Wall

That's great... and that's just from our free videos... Wayne's not even a customer yet! So don't make the mistake so many others do and under estimate the effectiveness of the things we teach you...

Pretty amazing I just hope I'm alive at 84. Being able to play tennis would be amazing. (Especially considering I never could play the game!) This shows how great the lose the Back Pain Program is and how willing they are to share free info. Click on their link and begin receiving the same info that Wayne Wall is getting. Lose The Back Pain System

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Try Lose The Back Pain System For Only $4.95!

Lose The Back Pain System developed by The Healthy Back Insitute of Sliver Springs, Maryland is now making their system for eliminating back pain available on a trial bases for only $4.95. The Lose The Back Pain System is the most popular and effective system of it's kind on the market today. Thousands have found real relief from their pain and best of all have prevented the reoccurance of pain all from following this program.

The payment of $4.95 gives you the complete Lose The Back Pain System for you to try out for 21 days at the end of the period you can return the program or keep it and be charge the balance of the cost of the system. I have to say since I have been recommending this system everyone who has tried it has be extremely happy with the results. As you can see from the videos to the right.

You really owe it to yourself to try this system. It works! Click Here!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Does Stretching Help or Hurt My Aching Back?


If you are suffering from an aching back, stretching may not cure your back pain and in fact may only make it worst! Now I know what you are thinking - You are saying to yourself wait a minute I thought stretching was great for a bad back. Doesn't stretching relax and strengthen my muscles? Doesn't it relieve pain? Aren't stretching exercises the first thing all athletes do before beginning and event like running, swimming, etc.?

The answer is yes. But consider is: Are these types of stretches the ones I should be doing to stop my pain? The answer is no. I know this is frustrating and probably makes you angry. If, like me you have suffered from pain caused by a herniated disc or other back problems you are probably going through a treatment program for your back pain. Right now you are working with a chiropractor or physical therapist, or trying your own exercise program (Yoga, Pilates, pumping iron at the gym, etc.), and not getting relief. Like me you want relief from your pain now! Let me share with you a widely known "secret."

The secret is "Knowledge is Power". Understanding your situation and the condition of your back will enable you to get better care and faster results. The second part of the secret is you have to be your own advocate. By doing this you have more control.The problem is the person working with you may be a caring dedicated professional but they simply don't have the time to share with you everything they know. I realized this myself when I started physical therapy after my back surgery. After a few sessions I began to realize that everyone else at the clinic was doing the same exercises. Regardless of age, sex, health, etc, we all started with the same stretching exercises!

Being a Little more assertive than some I started asking questions. The therapist was patient and explained that these exercises were shown to be effective in most cases and designing custom programs for each patient would be too time consuming. Here's the problem with most stretching movements - they generally work one muscle group against another. For example: The therapist may tell you that your hamstrings are tight and begins to stretch them. But what he/she fails to do is to take other body imbalances into consideration. Failure to consider these imbalances may cause you more harm than good. Click Here For More back Pain relief Tips!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Try An Ice Massage For An Aching Back


Is an ice massage the answer for relieving my aching back? The answer is yes! If you are experiencing a sore back an ice massage maybe just what the doctor ordered. If you are like me and have played a lot of sports you know that coaches usually carry several packets of "instant ice" in their first aid kits.

When there is an injury on the field the first thing a coach reaches for is an ice pack. The coach quickly activates the package placing it directly on the injured area. The ice does several things:

1. It reduces the swelling and inflammation.

2. It temporarily relieves the pain by stopping pain signals to your brain.

3. Prevents damage to injured tissue.

Now if you have a sore back you don't need a fancy ice packet. Just crush some ice, put it in a ziplock bag, wrap it in a towel and place on your sore back. Limit the ice to about ten minutes. Even a bag of frozen peas will work if you are in a rush.

To further improve on using ice to relieve your sore back try an ice massage. Simply take your bag of frozen peas or ice pack, place on the injured area and move it in a circular monition around the sore muscle. Don't put the ice directly on your skin, always have some protective cloth, towel or clothing between the ice an skin. Ice massage is a quick, free and effective way to quickly bring relief to your aching back.

However ice massage does not get at the root cause of your pain. For that you need a program or system that addresses the underlying cause of your pain/injury. Many times the real causes are weak muscles and/or muscle imbalance. Click Here For More back Pain Relef Tips!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Working With An Aching Back

I just finished one week of working and feel pretty good. A little tried after not being constantly on my feet and of course putting in a 12 hour day (includes 2 1/2 hour roundtrip commute) does wear you out, but all in all not a bad week.

Several things helped in my recovery from a herniated disc and surgery:

1. A skilled and caring surgeon: My advice to you is find the best available. One who does a lot of surgeries and is well known in your area.

2. Great physical therapist: Same advice as for your surgeon. Also I stayed away from some of the larger physical therapist companies and went would a locally own business. Not that a larger compay wouldn't give me good service, I just prefer dealing with someone that has a real stake in the community and business.

3. Sticking to a recovery plan and not rushing things. Healing takes time. It important to understand that you will have some good days and bad days. But with time the bad days are few.

4. losing weight: I lost ten pounds which has made me feel better and have more energy. I plan to lose another ten more.

5. Following a program of exercise and the information available @ the Healthy Back InstituteClick Here!" My only regret is not finding out about them before my surgery. Now that I have found them I intend to stick to their program.

As my therapist says I'm a work in progress. My goals are to continue to improve my strength, energy level and live pain feel. I can't wait to be able to ride my bike and kayak with my wife.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Back Surgery: Seven Things You Must Know - But Your Doctor May Not Tell You


Modern medicine is wonderful, all the new treatments, micro and laser surgery, MRI and new vaccines make one feel good they are living in today's world and not 100 or even 50 years ago. New techniques in surgery enable most of us to have a procedure that would have required days in the hospital to now be performed as an outpatient operation. Surgeons for the most part are highly skilled and caring professional. But there are things a surgeon won't tell you when it comes to an operation and in this case a back surgery.

1. Many back surgeries fail to relieve the pain and discomfort. There is even a name for it "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome". This is where the pain returns even though the surgery was a "mechanical success". This was the case with my operation.

2. Risk of infection: My friend had the same procedure I had and was pain free afterward (Lucky Guy!) However a few days later he was back in the hospital with a severe infection (Not so lucky!) and had to endure another more complicated operation. He has recovered, but if the infection wasn't treated quickly it could have led to major complications.

3. Nerve damage: The surgeon is cutting very close to major nerves in your body a slight knick can cause paralysis.

4. Bone chip and other debris: During an operation, especially if the surgeon is removing part of the vertebrae, minute bone chips and other debris are created - if this isn't completely removed it can cause problems later.

5. Anesthesia complications: All surgeries have the risk of complications from anesthesia. Nausea and vomiting can occur as a reaction to an anesthesia. The tube inserted in the throat can can irritation.

6. Blood Clots

7. Bleeding

It's obvious that you need to have a serious talk with your doctor and make sure he covers and completely answers all your questions. After all it's your body. I believe it is also critical to explore other non-surgical, natural treatments and cures before undergoing the knife. There are proven and effective non-invasive treatment programs and systems.

One of the top rated programs is called the Lose The Back Pain System developed by therapists and doctors of the Healthy back Institute. This program has helped thousands by strengthening muscles and eliminating muscles imbalance.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Medications for Treating Back Pain


A few years ago when I was a younger person, if you had an aching back your choice of medication was limited to aspirin, one or two prescription drugs and a spinal injection. Thankfully today they are many effective and relatively safe over the counter medications and prescription drugs you can take. Below are the more common drug treatments in use today.

Of course you need to discuss with your doctor the right drug therapy for your back problem and the possible side effects. Also make sure you tell your doctor of any medications over the counter or prescribed that you are currently taking. Don't forget to tell him/her of any herbal treatments or supplements you might also be taking all of these combined with a prescribed drug may have undesirable results.



Acetaminophen, an analgesic used exclusively for acute pain. It can be used alone or in combination with NSAIDs.

Opioids are carefully prescribed for back pain due to their addictive nature. These drugs are not a first line of treatment, but may be used in select situations.

NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs) help to decrease inflammation and promote healing.

COX-2 Inhibitors (a type of NSAID) may allow patients to take higher doses without the accompanying gastrointestinal side effects from conventional NSAIDs.

Muscle relaxants are often prescribed for severe pain. However, some experts believe that NSAIDs are just as effective.


Again understand that any medications even herbal or OTC (over the counter) may have serious side effects. Talk to your physician before taking any medications for back pain.

Also know that all of these medications although they may relieve the pain do not resolve the underlying cause for the aching back. You need to find a program or system to cure your bad back for good.

One of the top rated programs is called the Lose The Back Pain System developed by therapists and doctors of the Healthy back Institute. This program has helped thousands by strengthening muscles and eliminating muscles imbalance.

As someone who has suffered with a bad back and who has endured months of physical therapy and an operation, I can tell you there are solutions for your discomfort. To help myself and others cope with an aching back I have created this blog.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Ready To Go Back To Work

After weeks of phsyical therapy and a follow up appointment with my surgeon, I have the ok to start working again. I have some mixed feelings about to work. First although I feel much better, putting my body thru 10-12 hours days which include a lot of driving concerns me. The doctor and the therapist warned me that I will feel exhausted and probably have some increased pain until my body adjusts.

Secondly I am in sales. Sales is an great profession and I have a strong database of loyal customers. But sales is also based on daily performance (sales). With the economy still struggling sales are down company wide and I don't want to be the lower salesperson on the totem pole.

Thirdly although I haven't been able to really enjoy my time off.I have liked the time away from the daily work grind. Time to read, surf the net. But most important to be with my wife, kids and grandkids. I am thankful for all the great info I have learn fromLose the Back Painputting this system into my daily life has made a difference.

Oh well, I go back to work on the 3rd of August. Wish me luck.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Curing Back Pain With Spinal Injections


The thought of someone sticking a needle in my spine does not thrill me. Especially when the needle looks instead of a human. But if a spinal injections can stop the back pain and let me return to a normal life I am ready to try it. If this sounds like you and you are desperately seeking a cure to stop your back from aching then read on.

So exactly what is a spinal injection? Basically a needle is inserted into the epidural space surrounding your vertebra and a solution of anti-inflammation medication and or steroid is injected into the space. The idea is to block the pain, give you some relief and give your doctor a better idea of what the problem is. Although not as invasive as surgery there are risks and you should discuss these with your doctor.

In my case I decided not to opt for the injections. I based this on a three reasons.

1. I don't like needles! Seriously two of my friend had injections. For one the pain returned two days after the shot was given and for another he was pain free for six months, but eventually had to get another shot.
2. In my specific case surgery was the best option.
3. The shot may bring relief for awhile, but it doesn't cure what ever is causing the pain.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Trigger Points and Back Pain


What are trigger points and why are they causing my back pain? That's the question I asked my physical therapist. I had been hearing a lot about trigger points and the role they play in pain management and I wanted to get my therapists opinion as to what there were, what's the causing this trigger points to "fire up" and what can be done to treat them. Here's what I found out.


1. Doctors have identified certain focal points located in tight bands of skeletal muscle as playing a role in pain management. When these points are pressed these pints will produce pain.


2. Often found in the muscles of the neck, shoulders and pelvic girdle, muscles used to . maintain body posture. This trigger points can manifest themselves as headaches, tinnitus, jaw pain and lower back pain.


As my therapists explained acute trauma such as whip lash, incorrect lifting or even a sneeze can cause these points to fire up causing pain and decreased range of motion.

Ultrasonography, manipulative therapy and injection, are used to inactivate trigger points. Injections have been shown to be the most effective in reducing pain.


However all these treatments only address the symptoms and not the true causetrue cause. Something is causing this trigger points to fire up, many times it is a back dysfunction caused by muscle imbalance. This can be treated with a program of specific exercises designed for your unique condition.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Back Surgery: Seven Things Your Surgeon Won't Tell You!


Modern medicine is wonderful all the new treatmments, micro and laser surgery, MRI and new vaccines make one feel good they are living in todays world and not 100 or even 50 years ago. New techniques in surgery enable most of us to have a procedure that would of required days in the hospital to now be perform as an outpatient operation. Surgeons for the most part are highly skilled and caring professional. But there are things a surgeon won't tell you when it comes to an operation and in this case a back surgery.

1. Many back surgeries fail to relieve the pain and discomfort. There is even a name for it "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome". This is where the pain returns even though the surgery was a "mechanical success". This was the case with my operation.

2. Risk of infection: My friend had the same procedure I had and was pain free afterwards (Lucky Guy!) However a few days later he was back in the hospitall with a severe infection (Not so lucky!) and had to endure another more complication operation. He has recovered, but if the infection wasn't treated quickly it could have led to major complications.

3. Nerve damage: The surgeon is cutting very close to major nerves in your body a slight knick can cause paralysis.

4. Bone chip and other debrie: During an operation especially if the surgeon is removing part of the vertebra minute bone chips and other debres are created if this isn't completely remove it cann call problems later.

5. Anesthesia complications: All surgies have the risk of complications from anesthesia. Nausea and vomiting can occur as a reaction to an anesthesia. The tube inserted in the throat can can irritation.

6. Blood Clots

7. Bleeding

It's obvious that you need to have a serious talk with your doctor and make sure he covers and completely answers all your questions. After all it's your body. I believe it is also critical to explore other non-surgical ,natural treatments and cures before undergoing the knife. There are proven and effective non-invasive treatment programs and systems.

One of the top rated programs is called the Lose The Back Pain System developed by therapists and doctors of the Healthy back Institute. This program has helped thousands by strengthening muscles and eliminating muscles imbalance.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Is Acupuncture A Cure For Back Pain?


Acupunture is the ancient chinese practice of insert small needles into you body a certain specific points. The principle is that these needles stimulate your nerves and can relive pain and discomfort as well as treat numerous diseases. But can acupunture really cure my back pain?

I define a cure as something that will forever fix what ever it is that ails me. Most so called "cures"are not really cures but only prevent the disease. The flu vaccine for example will prevent you from catching it, but not cure you once you get it. Some treatments will reliev the problem/illness but again will not cure.

Acupunture falls into this group. It won't cure nor will it prevent but it will relieve the symptoms. Many studies support this that for the majority of people most find some relief for their pain from acupunture.

To truely be a cure a treatment, vaccine and/or medicine most treat the symptoms and stop the disease/pain from coming back.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Pain and Inflammation


Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong, much like a fever. And just like with a fever, most people simply mask the pain instead of dealing with the underlying cause of the problem.

In addition to dealing with the underlying cause, it's important that you also deal with the inflammation. In fact, millions of people who suffer from various aches and pains like arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia and others do so because of chronic internal inflammation.

What is Inflammation and How Does It Cause Pain? Inflammation is a response from your immune system in response to an irritant. For example, if you sprain your ankle, your immune system creates a protein called a Circulating Immune Complex (CIC for short). The CIC travels down to the injured ankle and causes pain and swelling.

The pain you feel is to inform you of the injury or damage. And the swelling is protective as it prevents you from moving it and causing more irritation. This is also your body's way of running to the problem with fresh blood, antibodies and vital cells in order to begin healing and repairing the damage.

Then what normally happens is our bodies produce proteolytic enzymes which counteract the inflammation, and things return to normal. That's why a sprained ankle as a young child heals within a few weeks at most, but can take six weeks or more for an adult of say 45.

The problem is, after around age 25, our production of these enzymes drops off almost completely so there is nothing to tell the body to stop the inflammation. These enzymes are also responsible for cleaning the blood, fighting off viral and bacterial infections and breaking down excess fibrin (scar tissue).

Friday, July 17, 2009

Can Yoga Cure An Aching Back?


I recently finished six weeks of physical therapy after my back surgery. The therapist sat me down for a "discharged interview". We discussed a variety of things that would help me continue my recovery. One of the questions I asked him was "Can yoga cure my back pain?

His short answer was "yes" followed by a "but". This question lead to a lively discussion of yoga that I believe would be helpful to other back sufferers.

Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years. Yoga is well known for increasing flexibility, strength, breathing, circulation, etc. there are several different types of yoga and each type has many exercises or positions. Some positions are easy and gentle to perform and others difficult. So which are the best yoga exercises for a bad back? Here are some steps you can take to determine if yoga is right for your aching back.

1. First talk to your doctor. Get his okay. He/she may even recommend a yoga instructor.
2. Contact a couple of yoga instructors. Tell them your specific condition. Most will allow you to attend a class before signing up and paying a fee.
3. Hatha Yoga is known for it's gentle movements and is usually the best type of yoga for a person with a back condition.
4. Start with learning correct breathing techniques. This will help you relax. Relaxation is a key to managing your pain and lowering stress.
5. Be ready to stop if any movement becomes painful. Forget the old saying "No pain no gain"
6. Modify the movements to suit you. A good instructor will be happy to help you modify a movement. Finally remember you are a "work in progress" be patient and gentle with yourself.

Yoga can be a way to relieve back painback pain and prevent it from ruining your life. But it's critical to find a capable instructor who understands and has training in helping people with a sore back. I have practiced yoga for many years both before and since my back injury although yoga can be very beneficial I believe there are other alternatives that could better serve you.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Treating A Herniated Disc

A recent report on herniated disc by the Mayo clinic supports what The Healthy back Institute, physical therapist and other experts have advocated, that when it comes to treating a herniated disc surgery is not the cure.

The traditional treatments such as ice/heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications and even surgery. May delievr some relief but failed to get at the root cause of the problem.

The only way to get at this root cause is to treat the dysfunction. In many cases the dysfunction is weak muscles or muscles that are out of balance. The best "fix" for this is a system or program designed specifically for your unique situation. One of the best systems is the one developed by the Healthy Back Institute. Their program The Lose The Back Pain System is designed to treat the dysfunction, cure the pain and prevent in from coming back.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

What Are The Symptoms of Lower Back Pain

Low back pain will affect four out of five people during their lifetime. The most common symptom of a herniated disc is sciatic pain. Sciatica is best described as a sharp, often shooting pain that begins in the buttocks and goes down the back of one leg. This is most often caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve that exits the spinal cord. Other symptoms include:
• Weakness in one leg or both legs
• Numbness and tingling in one leg (pins & needles)
• A burning pain centered in the low back
• Loss of bladder or bowel control (seek medical attention immediately)
Back Pain pain with gradually increasing leg pain. (If you have weakness in both legs. Seek immediate attention.)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

What's A Herniated Disc?


Diagnosed With a Herniated Disc?

By: Dr. Robert Duvall, DPT, ATC, MGFI

You've probably heard people say they have a "slipped" or "ruptured" disc in the back. Sometimes they complain that their back “went out”. What they're most likely describing is a herniated disc. This condition is a common source of back and leg pain.

Discs are soft cushions found between the vertebrae that make up the spinal column (your backbone). In the middle of the spinal column is the spinal canal, a hollow space that contains the spinal cord. The nerves that supply the arms, leg, and torso come from the spinal cord.

The nerves from the neck supply the arms and hands, and the nerves from the low back supply the butt and legs. The discs between the vertebrae allow the back to move freely and act like shock absorbers.

The disc is made up of two main sections. The outer part (the annulus) is made up of tough cartilage that is comprised of series of rings. The center of the disc is a jelly-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. A disc herniates or ruptures when part of the jelly center pushes through the outer wall of the disc into the spinal canal, and puts pressure on the nerves. A disc bulgedisc bulge is when the jelly substance pushes the outer wall but doesn't completely go through the wall.

This post is the first of a series of posts featuring experts in the field of back pain. Dr. Duvall is associated with The Healthy Back Institute and it's program Lose The Back Pain. For more info including videos and free reports clock on the "Lose The Back Pain" photo on the right.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mayo Clinic Report on Back Pain

The Mayo Clinic recently completed a report on back pain and it's causes. According to this report four out of five adults will experience back problems sometime in their lives.

So what are the causes? According to the Mayo researchers there are a number of causes including:

1. Muscles and ligament strains caused by improper lifting or a sudden awkward movement.

2. Herniated Disc; Cause when a disc bulges out due to strains. This was my problem, herniated disc in the lower back..

3. Sciatica: When the bulging disc puts pressure on nerve roots (pinched nerve) . Yeah I had that.

4. Arthritis:

5. Scoliosis and/or un natural curves in the spine.

6. Osteoporosis; When the bone loses calcium becomes brittle and breaks.

What can be done to reduce this tremendous cost? According to the Mayo Clinic the major way to reduce or eliminate back problems is to follow a regular exercise program. Time and time again in report after report exercise is the most highly rated way to relieve a bad back and prevent it from coming back.

One of the top rated programs is called the Lose The Back Pain System developed by therapists and doctors of the Healthy Back Institute. This program has helped thousands by strengthening muscles and eliminating muscles imbalance.

As someone who has suffered with a bad back and who has endured months of physical therapy and an operation, I can tell you there are solutions for your discomfort.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Some More Causes of an Aching Back



Here's some more causes of an aching back. Some not so obvious. But all could be corrected or prevented by a system of proper exercise and diet.

1. Smoking: Now I'm a nonsmoker and certainly know of the risks involved in smoking. But I not sure of the connection between smoking and a bad back.

2. Obesity: Makes sense - carrying around extra weight is going to put additional strain on your back.

3. Older Age: Okay as we age muscles get weaker and bone loses calcium. Disc in the spine lose flexibility and deteriorate.

4. Female Gender: Again I don't know why unless it has something to do with pregnancy.

5. Physically Strenuous Work : Again makes sense.

6 Sedentary Work: Sedentary work can led to weak muscles, then you play a round of golf on the weekend - results a pain in the backk

7. Stressful Job: I think we are only just beginning to understand the role stress can play in our overall health.

8. Anxiety & Depression: Same as above.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

My Back Surgery and Rehab

If anyone had told me how long and painful my back surgery"and rehab would be I might have put off the operation and tries other non surgical treatments.

As it was I had injured myself at work resulting in a herniated disc and sciatic pain. Now I did try a couple of standard conservative treatments including rest, Tylenol, ice packs and physical therapy.

Although all of these gave me some help the results were temporary. The pain always came back. Probably because I was still working. For six months my life consisted of go to work come home, eat supper and lay down until it was time to go to bed.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Exercises To Cure Back Pain


For many years the accepted way to treat a bad back was rest. However we now know that rest and/or inactivity is actually the worst thing you can do. Although right after an injury resting for a few days is a good idea, it is important to begin a program of exercises" as soon as possible.

Why? Because studies have shown that proper exercises will strengthen the back and correct muscle imbalance". As my physical therapist says you need to retrain weak muscles. Strong muscles support the spine, keep in alignment and help prevent injury. but what exercises are the best? Here's a short list.

1. Walking: Find a comfortable pair of shoes and walk. I find that finding a level hard surface is better than walking on grass or a rough surface with bumps and dips.

2. Swimming: The great thing about swimming is that the water gives full support to your body, taking the pressure of your spine. Just don't go off the diving board or try out for the Olympics. easy does it!

3. Stretching: Be sure to get some expert advice and guidance to ensure the proper stretching exercises and procedures. Find a program or system of exercise designed specifically for a person with muscle imbalance problems

Monday, June 29, 2009

Too Much Back Surgery?

There is an ongoing debate among medical professional. The debate is centered around the question: "Is there too much back surgery being perform?" More to the point: How effective is the surgery. According to a report in USA Today many are questioning how much unnecessary back operation are being conducted in this country.

With the high costs of surgery (Medicare paid an average of $16,842 per operation in 2004) it's important to look deeper into this question. Most people suffering from back pain recover without surgery, medication, physical therapy, exercise helps most people get relief without an operation. For the rest who undergo surgery there's no promise of relief. In my own case I qualified for an operation because my back problem was the result of an accident. However after the procedure I still experienced pain, had to undergo several weeks of physical therapy and miss eight weeks of work.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Physical Therapy: The Sixth Week

Well Monday, June 29th I begin my sixth week of physical therapy. I was only scheduled for four weeks. But the insurance company agreed to six more. Making progress trying to walk more and each therapy session they add a new exercise. Still on pain medication and spend more time lying down than upright, but need to be patient.

My main focus now is to strenghten weak muscles and eliminate muscle imbalance. Much of what I'm doing is similar to the Lose The Back Pain System. If insurance wasn't covering the therapy. I would have to pay. One session would cost several times the price of the Lose The Back Pain System.

Friday, June 26, 2009

What's Is Sciatica?

If you have suffered from lower back pain like I have, you have probably heard about Sciatica and the Sciatic nerve. When this nerve is irritated by a bulging disc the pain can be very intense. But what exactly is Sciatica what are the symptoms and the cause of this painful condition?

According to Wikipedia Sciatica is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five nerve roots that give rise to the sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve itself.

When these nerves are "pinched the pain can radiate from your lower back and buttock all the way down your leg to your feet. In my case I had pain travel ling right to my toes. Sometimes my feet felt numb, sometimes there was a burning sensation, sometimes cold. This was accompanied by pain; which believe me can be can be excruciating.

There are several causes: herniated disc, spinal stenosis, lifestyle, piriformis, trigger points and pregnancy. I will go into more detail on each of these causes in other articles. The important thing to remember is if your lower back pain is traveling down your leg and this pain persists you need to see your doctor.

But how do you prevent and or cure lower back pain? How do you lose the pain and get on with your life? Well the answer is to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles. One of the top rated programs is called the Lose The Back Pain System developed by therapists and doctors of the Healthy Back Institute. This program has helped thousands by strengthening muscles and eliminating muscles imbalance.

As someone who has suffered with a bad back and who has endured months of physical therapy and an operation, I can tell you there are solutions for your discomfort.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Spinal Degeneration

The spine and spinal cord are wonderful and complex systems providing support for our bodies and serving as a conduit protecting the major nerves of ht e body. Unfortunately like all of our body parts the spine is subject to aging and degeneration. This degeneration is a major cause of lower back pain.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Survey Says: Back Pain Survey

Most of us have or will suffer from an aching back? We all probably know several friends who have suffered with back pain. In fact this is the most common complaint that doctors hear. It is also the most difficult to treat.
CBS Health Watch reported on a survey conducted by Consumer Reports. According to this study most people find relief from their discomfort with "hands-on" treatments. The three top treatments were as chiropractic, physical therapy and acupuncture.

According to Dr. Jennifer Ashton who reported on this for CBS many people want fast relief from their pain and turn to pain relieving drugs. However drugs are not the answer they are only a bandage covering up the real solution/treatment which is prevention.

Also Dr. Ashton stated that surgery is not always successful and that in the past was performed more than necessary. Proper exercise that strengthens the core muscles are the key to preventing back problems. Proper exercise along with good posture and a good mattress were cited as three positive things a person could do that were non-invasive with no side effects.

This survey although not scientific non the less show that the most effective treatment is alo the most simple and long lasted. Another side benefit of these hands on treatment is cost. With health care cost spiral ling out of control prevention and non-invasive treatments are critical to keeping cost down. It also allows people to take control of their health care.

One such treatment program is "The Lose The Back Pain System" developed by the Healthy Back Institute. This system has helped thousands. Best of all it is non-invasive, can be done at home and has no side affects. In most cases this program costs less that a couple of doctor co-pays. This is a proven method of hands on treatment for more info visit Lose The Back Pain!

Monday, June 22, 2009

How To Tell If Your Back Pain Is Serious?

Okay you have a pain in the back, but is it serious. Most back pain is caused by overworked muscles. The good news is the pain will usually go away with rest, ice packs and Tylenol. If you are still worried that your aching back may be more than just muscles try this test: lay on your back, try to raise your leg 90 degrees.If the pain goes down your leg you need to call your doctor. For more FREE Info on how to Lose The Back Pain! Click on the photo on the left.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Back Pain: Getting Better

Well I'm into my second week of PT and feeling better. MYy therapist has increased the exercises and I seem to be handling well. Even started driving to my sessions!

Also trying to cutback and/or eliminate the pain pills. Hopefully I can live without them because they're giving me the worst case of constipation I've ever had.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Back Pain: Is Vinegar A Cure?

For thousands of years apple cider vinegar has been regarded as a cure for any number of diseases. From the flu to stomachache,scholera, diphtheria, high fever, dysentery, urinary infections and more. But can it also cure back pain? A lot of people believe it can.

Many people report relief from their back pain by taking apple cider vinegar with a glass of water. Most report relief in 3-5 days. Some even feel a lessening in their pain after 2-3 glasses. Now most of these stories are anecdotal. For what's it's worth here's my story.

Aunt Izzy died at 95 not form cancer or heart attack but unfortunately from an accident. Right up to her death she drank apple cider in a glass of water every day. Her mind was sharp. She could carry on a conservation about current events or some event in her life from 80 years ago. She rarely even took an aspirin, lived on her own in her home of 55 years. When ever some one was feeling sick her response was try some vinegar.

Recently dealing with severe back pain, surgery and physical therapy I been looking for natural non-invasive treatments. Would apple cider work? research online reveal a number of sites claiming vinegar might work. I started taking a tablespoon in a glass of water. The taste was pretty strong so I added a tablespoon of honey. The next day the pain was less despite an intensive physical therapy session. After three days the pain although still present is much better. Will it work for you? I don't know but vinegar is a cheap,simple home remedy with no side affects.

There is no science behind apple cider vinegar as a cure, but maybe worth a try.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Physical Therapy The First Week

Since my last post things have improved. Thank God! The doctor prescribed another pain medication which brought the pain down to a mangeable level. I'm sleeping and able to move around without much discomfort.

Last week really was Hell. The pain in my right legs was worst than anytime before or after my surgery. The doc said that the pain was do to swelling cause by the surgery and should calm down after a while. Seems like this is not unusual and can occur weeks after surgery.

I was looking forward to getting out of the house and taking walks around the lake with my wife. But those plans have been put on hold. Makes me wish I had known about the Lose The Back Pain System before I had surgery.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Back To Bed!

It's been 3 weeks since my back operation and here I am back in bed! About 5 days ago the pain in my right leg started to come back the last couple of days it's been sheer agony. Can't get comfortable, can't sleep and just feel miserable.

My doctor says this happens as the nerve is still very sensitive. I thought I was making progress but now I'm back to square one! Having pain after back surgery is so common it's even has a name "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome".

If you have back pain and are considering surgery. Consider non-invasive treatment first. There's still a lot of controversy surrounding the effectiveness of back surgery. Remember once they cut into you there's no turning back. Pardon the pun.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Try These Natural Remedies For back Pain First

As one who has suffered with back pain I know you want relief now. But like me you want to try
home remedies before resorting to prescription drugs ,
spinal injections and/or surgery. Here are five natural pain remedies that can help relief your discomfort.

1. Try icing it: Applying an ice pack can reduce inflammation and soothe your pain. I keep a larger zip lock bag filled with crushed ice in the freezer. Fifteen to twenty minutes is usually all it takes to calm down my back. Here's a tip when my back is really bad I alternate ice and heat try it.

2. Take a hot bath: Try soaking in a tub of hot water for 20 minutes or more. A warm bath can work wonders. Of course use ice first, but after 48 hours a warm bath or even a shower can help back muscles relax.

3. Buy a new mattress: If your mattress is more than ten years old a new mattress is a good investment. If your budget is tight try putting a 3/4" sheet of plywood under the mattress.

4. Try a massage: Local massage therapists may make house calls if you don't feel able to visit one of them. Or you can ask a spouse or friend to gently knead your back muscles. There's lots of info on line or go to your local library for a book on massage. Either way it will relax you and soothe those aching muscles.

5. Relax: Learn and practice a relaxation technique, such as meditation, or try a deep
breathing exercise, such as closing your eyes, breathing slowly and deeply, and counting backward from 100. A lot of pain back is the result of emotional tension and relaxation techniques can help.

Hopefully the above methods will bring you some relief. I have tried most of them and they do work. Of course they are not meant to replace professional help, but they are non-invasive, have no side effects and can be done for no or little cost. The next step is to explore other non evasive methods, One of the best is the Lose The Back Pain System by the Healthy Back Institute. This system has helped thousands. I only wish I had known about it earlier, I may not have needed surgery. For more info click on the Lose The Back Pain photo at the top of the right sidebar..

Friday, May 29, 2009

Eight Out of Ten Adults Will have Back Problems

Most adults at sometime in their lives will have back pain. In fact statistics say that eight out or ten adults will suffer from bad backs. For some the pain will be severe enough to prevent them from normal activities. If you have suffered with back pain you are not alone. Like you I have had back pain that after rest, medication and physical therapy finally ended up in surgery. A back operation is your last resort and should only be done after you have exhausted all other options. Obviously the first thing you should do is see your doctor. After there a several methods your doctor and/or you may consider.

1. Medication: The first thing is to calm down the discomfort with a pain killer. Also alternative application of heat and cold packs can bring immediate relief.

2. Rest: Year ago most doctors would tell you to go to bed for one or two weeks. Now we know that lengthy bed rest may do more harm than good. However some rest - one to two days maybe helpful in relaxing the inflamed muscles.

3. Physical: Therapy: Physical Therapists can help you learn proper ways to avoid further injury and teach you how to straighten your core muscles.

4. Injections: Now we get into invasive methods. Spinal injections can bring temporary relief, but will not cure your back problem and do have some risks.

5. Back Surgery: In future articles I'll go into the risks involved in surgery, for now let's just say that this should be the absolute last resort.

But are there other alternatives what about acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal treatments? While some of these alternatives may give relief but they don't get to the real cause of your discomfort. One of the most successful programs that I have found is The Lose The Back Pain System by the Healthy Back institute. For 15 years The Healthy Back Institute has specialized in treating chronic back pain. They have helped over 50,000 folks who've suffered from scoliosis ... herniated discs ... sciatica ... arthritis of the spine ... spinal steno sis ... lower back pain ... upper back pain and more - return their bodies to what they were like BEFORE they had back pain.

This ground breaking program is now available to everyone. The team at Healthy Back Institute has put together a system called Muscular Balance Therapy. I wish I had known about "The Lose The Back Pain System" before my surgery. If I had known about Jesse Canone and his program I probably could have avoided months of pain, surgery and being flat on my back for 6 weeks. For more information and links to free videos and advice on curing you back pain see my resource box below.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Making Progress

I saw my surgeon yesterday for the two week post op. I can now sit or ride in a car for 20-30 minutes. I'll start physical therapy next week. I'm fortunate to live 5 minutes from a state park with walking trails so at least I can get a change of scenery.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Honoring Those Who Served

Taking a short break this weekend to enjoy family and to remember all those veterans who have scarificed so much that we may be free and all those who are now serving. God Bless

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My Aching Back Story

For several months I have been dealing with back pain. The pain started in my right buttocks and radiated down my right leg to my right foot. At first I thought it was only a muscle pull, the results of lifting several heavy boxes in and out of a van. However the pain in my leg continued and got progressively worst. Standing, walking and especially driving became torture.Sometimes the pain would be more like a burning sensation and sometimes my foot would go numb and I when I walked I could not tell if my foot was touching the ground. Now at sixty-three I considered myself in pretty good shape. I have always exercised and watched what I ate. Fortunately I have managed to avoid serious injury and sickness. This was all about to change!

Finally a month after first experiencing the pain I went to my family doctor. He prescribed some medicaton and referred me to physical therapy. To make a long story short PT didn't work. In fact it only made it worst. Finally after a MRI revealed a herniated disc. I had surgery. Now one week later I am flat on my back, but pain free.

Since my surgery I have been researching back conditions and alternatives to surgery - yeah I know I should of thought of this before surgery! I have discovered that there are methods, treatments and exercises that if follwed can bring about relief from back pain. These treatments get at the undelying cause of back pain. One of the most highly recommended is a program called "Lose the Back Pain" for more information, free guide and lots of videos click here Click Here! If you are experiencing back pain I encourage you to check out "Lose The Back Pain" Click Here!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lose The Back Pain System

Most adults at sometime in their lifes will have back pain. For some the pain will be severe enough preventing them from normal activitiies. If you have suffered with back pain you are not alone. Like you I have had back pain that after rest, medication and physical therapy finally ended up in surgery. I wish I had known about "The Lose The Back Pain System" before my surgery. If I had known about Jesse Canone and his progam I probably could have avoided months of pain, surgery and being flat on my back for 6 weeks.

For 15 years The Healthy Back Insitute has specialized in treating chronic back pain. They have helped over 50,000 folks who've suffered from scoliosis ... herniated discs ... sciatica ... arthritis of the spine ... spinal stenosis ... lower back pain ... upper back pain and more — return their bodies to what they were like BEFORE they had back pain. This ground breaking program is now available to everyone. The team at Healthy Back Insitute has put together a system called Muscular Balance Therapy. Go the side bar for more information, videos and links to their website where you will find lots of useful information.