Saturday, March 6, 2010

HOW A BACK INJURY CHANGED MY LIFE!

HOW AN ACCIDENT AT WORK CHANGED MY LIFE!

I will never forget the date: November 23, 2009, the day that changed my life. Up to that day I was a healthy and physically fit 63 year old male. I worked for a small distributor as a sale person, but being a small company I did many other tasks not in my sales job description.

One of my other "jobs" was helping load and unload the trucks and vans that delivered products to our warehouse. I actually enjoyed the physical work of lifting, loading and unloading items. It broke up the day and gave me some exercise.

Unfortunately on Monday November 23 rd my days of doing manual labor ended. While lifting a box out of the van the bottom of the box broke. Instinctively I tried to grab the item before it hit the floor and that is when I felt a pain in my lower back which shot right down my right leg.

At the time I thought it was a muscle pull. Little did I know that this “muscle pull” would result in months of physical therapy, surgery, lost work and lots of PAIN.

Several months after surgery I stumbled upon The Healthy Back Institute. By following their system “Lose The Back Pain” I have recovered my health, strength and best of all the pain has gone. Sure if I do a lot of physical work or drive for long periods of time I still get a slight cramp in my leg. But now I know what to do!

The Healthy Back Institute has helped thousands lose their back pain and avoid surgery. I am sure they can help you. Their website is filled with free information, videos, etc and they have a free newsletter loaded with more info on how to relieve your aching back.

I firmly believe that if I had found The Lose The Back System months earlier I could have avoided months of pain, surgery and physical therapy. The bottom line is the program works!  So I if like me you suffer from any form of back pain, sciatica or a herniated disc and are sick and tired of the pain controlling your life, then the first thing you need to do is Click Here.

The great thing about The Healthy Back Institute is they provide tons of free articles, info, videos and exercises FREE on their website. If all you did was use the free stuff you will see amazing results. Below is information on The Lose The Back System and why it has helped thousands lose the back pain and get their lives back! The Lose The Back Pain System is based on the proven principle of Muscle Imbalance.

WHAT IS MUSCLE IMBALANCE?

Chances are, you have never heard of muscle imbalances and worse you don't even know that your own muscles are out of balance. But the reality is that everyone has muscle imbalances to some degree - regardless of age, sex, or level of fitness. No one is perfect. And even if you did manage to achieve perfection, you could not stay there for long.

In simple terms, a muscle imbalance occurs when you have overdeveloped and tight muscles in one area of your body while the opposing muscles are weak and stretched out of their normal position. These imbalances can happen anywhere on the body and often develop as the result of the routine things you do while on the job, playing sports, or engaging in other activities you enjoy.

Here are just a few conditions that can develop as a result of muscle imbalances: IT band syndrome, SI joint syndrome, sciatica, frozen shoulder, hip pain and all forms of back pain.

Why People Have Muscle Pain...

As your muscles get more and more out of balance, you end up pulling your self out of proper alignment thus producing uneven more stress and causing additional wear and tear on muscles, ligaments, joints, and even the spine.

Almost all of us live our lives with chronic unrecognized muscular imbalances and while it does take time for muscle imbalances to cause a symptomatic condition the first signs of trouble are evident on our bodies in the form of “postural dysfunctions”. Postural dysfunction can be seen in the abnormal position on the pelvis, head, neck, shoulder and even in the curvature of the spine.

Once a postural dysfunction has developed, your body cannot go on for long this way before you will begin to experience problems. That is why you should never just cover up the pain or put off addressing your condition. In other words, if you are in your 40s, don't wait until you're 60's to decide you have a problem.

Try this analogy: If you drive your car with the wheels out of alignment, the tread on your tires is going to wear unevenly. If you don't get an alignment, eventually you're going to have a blowout. The same principle holds true for your back and other areas of your body.

Here's a simple overview: If your core muscles are out of balance - from a strength versus flexibility perspective - front to back or side to side, you will have at least one postural dysfunction (most people have more than one). What happens when your core muscles are out of balance is that your pelvis will be pulled out of its normal position. Because the pelvis is the base of the spine and controls the position and curvature of the spine, your spine will then go into abnormal curvature. Abnormal curvature of the spine is the root of all back pain - whether it's a pulled back muscle, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, SI joint syndrome, spondylolisthesis, and the list goes on.

What is Muscle Balance Therapy™?


Muscle Balance Therapy is an innovative approach to eliminating back pain once and for all, starting with a careful yet simple assessment of all the muscles that affect the stability of your hips, pelvis, and spine - from both a strength and a flexibility perspective.

We use both physical and visual assessments to insure accuracy. In other words, the physical should confirm the visual, and the visual should confirm the physical. In the absence of these assessments, any exercise you might try is going to put you at risk of strengthening a muscle that does not need to be strengthened, which can make your condition worse. The same is true for stretching - if you stretch a muscle that does not need to be stretched, you could be doing more harm than good.

Once your assessments are done, you will have proved to yourself that you do have muscle imbalances and that you have one or more postural dysfunctions. You also will have learned the root cause of your condition. Best of all, you will know exactly how to correct the problem.

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How Muscle Balance Therapy™ works

The Muscle Balance Therapy™ approach uses the results of your assessments to design an individually targeted program of corrective exercises to help take the stress off your muscles, joints, and ligaments so you can achieve a more balanced body and eliminate the cause of your pain.

In a sense, what Muscle Balance Therapy™ is asking you to do is a very "unbalanced workout" to get your body back into proper balance. Once your muscles are more balanced and you're feeling better, you will be able to return to your workplace or to your favorite activity with the confidence and security that you need to live a full and productive life.

Before you decide that Muscle Balance Therapy™ is right for you, understand that you will have to commit yourself to doing the work required. Because when it comes right down to it, you are the only one who can bring about the results you want. And even if your condition is so severe that you do not achieve 100 percent pain relief, you will see significant improvement with Muscle Balance Therapy™.

Keep in mind that while you may be able to mask back pain temporarily with drugs and other treatments, the underlying problem is still going to be there. That's why it is essential that you work on first identifying and then addressing your muscle imbalances. Muscle Balance Therapy™ was designed to do both and has produced amazing results.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Back To Basics

It always good to go back to the basics and understand the causes and treatments of back pain. Here thanks to Jesse cannon of Lose The Back Pain System is a brief refresher course.

Back pain can have many causes, such as a pulled back muscle, disc problems, arthritis, or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. In cases where there has not been a definitive diagnosis, the next question that should be asked is: How long have you been suffering? Your pain will fall into one of two categories: acute (which indicates a recent occurrence) or chronic (the pain has been with you for an extended period of time).

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What causes it?
The two most common reasons for back pain are trauma and muscle imbalances. Muscle imbalances can have a negative effect on your posture, leading to what are called "postural dysfunctions." These dysfunctions include abnormal alignment of the pelvis and abnormal curvature of the spine. This misalignment causes increased wear and tear on the joints, muscles, and ligaments—even the discs.

The most important thing to understand about any lower back pain is that, barring trauma, it doesn't happen overnight. You may be come symptomatic very quickly, but it takes a long time for the condition to get to the point where your back finally gives way and becomes painful.

What are the symptoms?
The majority of the complaints range from local pain to radiating pain in the legs or arms, depending on where the herniation is located.

Back pain that causes loss of bowel or bladder control is deemed a medical emergency, so anyone who experiences either of these symptoms should get to the ER as quickly as possible.

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What are the most common treatments?
Cortisone injections and prescriptions for muscle relaxants or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most common treatments employed by physicians.

Chiropractors and physical therapists usually offer spinal mobilization, hot packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic exercises.

Surgery should always be your last option and should only be considered if the severity of your condition warrants it.

Why do traditional treatments fail?
Most traditional treatments fail because they simply address the symptoms and fail to address the cause of the condition. Your low back pain is a physical problem, and it requires a physical solution. There are no pills or injections that can restore postural balance in your body because they are unable to take the pressure off the nerve or make the joints work better.

Which treatments work best?
When you have lower back pain and you do not have a proper diagnosis the first suggestion is to seek proper medical attention. Even then there are cases when a proper diagnosis is not given, in that case a conservative approach should be considered.

The use of ice (first 48 hrs) and or heat (after 48hrs) can help control inflammation, pain and stiffness, other natural approaches including enzyme therapy can be of benefit to help control the symptom of the condition.

In most cases of lower back pain, tigger points will play a small roll, Trigger Points do three things, them make a muscle (tight, weak and painful) so daily trigger point therapy is recommended immediately combined with muscle balances therapy, in order to restore a more neutral and balanced posture.

Inversion Therapy can also be very effective in releasing some of the stress and compressive forces on the spine not to mention the many numerous health benefits. For more info, free videos and a free newsletter visit Lose The Back Pain

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

TOP FIVE CAUSES OF BACK PAIN


Top 5 Causes of Back, Neck and Sciatic Pain (From Jesse Cannon at The Healthy Back Institute.)Click Here!

1. Excess Stress / Negative Beliefs

Yes, this is #1 on the list and while many people doubt or question it, excess stress and negative beliefs are what keep most people in pain.

2. Muscle Imbalances

Imbalances in our muscles create what we call dysfunctions… basically, the muscles pull your body out of alignment (not just your spine) and your body is forced to function like this and eventually it breaks down.3. Spinal Compression / Torsion

Another major physical cause of back related conditions and pain is, spinal compression and torsion. The muscle imbalances pull your spine out of alignment and create excess curvature and this places increased pressure on the discs… Click Here!

4. Trigger Points

Often responsible for much of the undiagnosed pain people experience, trigger points are a major factor when it comes to back, neck and sciatic pain…

Trigger points are complex and there are many things that contribute to their development… and to make it worse, they often cause pain in other parts of the body. For example, a trigger point in the gluteal can cause pain in the lower leg.

5. Nutritional Imbalances

Yes, what you eat can help you heal or it can keep you in pain. Not only are there specific foods that create inflammation, but imbalances in minerals and nutrients are a major factor…

For example, you can have too much calcium and not enough magnesium and this can create calcification (stenosis, bone spurs, etc)… Keep in mind this is just one example… there are many others.

So here’s a quick list of foods to avoid:

- Sugar
- Wheat
- Dairy
- Artificial flavors / colors

And here are some foods/nutrients to eat more of:

- Omega-3 Fatty Acids (fish or supplement)
- Spices (Ginger, Tumeric)
- Antioxidants (vitamin C, selenium, quercetin)
- Vitamin D

You can learn more about how nutrition and diet affects pain Click Here!

Well, I hope you found this helpful. Be sure to follow the links and learn more about these 5 major causes. Click Here!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Lose The Back Pain Blog

Exciting news! Lose The Back Pain now has a blog! Jesses Cannon founder of The Healthy Back Institute and The Lose The Back Pain System has just started a blog. On this blog you get the very latest information on back pain, free videos, tips and advice on how to lose your back pain. Click Here! and begin learning how you can live pain free.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Forget Your MRRI?!!


According to Steven Hefferon writing on the Healthy Back Institute's Click Here! website if you had an MRI you can forget about it. Heffron reports that the New England Journal of Medicine just reported it.

They published a study in which researchers performed an MRI on 98 people who had no back pain. And the researchers found that nearly two thirds of them actually had some kind of abnormal disk condition!!!

The researchers conclude:

"Many people without back pain have disk bulges or protrusions... Given the high prevalence of these findings and of back pain, the discovery by MRI of bulges or protrusions in people with low back pain may frequently be coincidental."¹

That's right. They called having a bulging or protruded disc and having back pain a coincidence. Proof positive that you can have a condition and not have pain. Indeed, there are millions of people with existing back problems right now who do not even know that they have the condition and surely don't have any pain at all. For more info, free tips on back pain relief and free videos
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