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COMPLETELY ELIMINATE YOUR BACK PAIN WITHOUT DRUGS, NEEDLES, SURGERY, OR CHIROPRACTIC!
Back pain can be a most ruthless adversary. The real trouble begins when you have had it for over a year, exhausted all forms of treatment, and are then left to your own devices to get well again. I suffered with back pain for approximately 3 months and that was 3 months too long let me tell you. I had the best doctors assessing me, along with the routine x-rays, and MRI’s and nothing was showing. To them I was healthy even though I couldn’t pick up a wet sock without pain. I was only 22 years old.
Doing a simple search on Google you can see how back pain is crippling our country. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) back pain:
- Is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
- Is One of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
- Afflicts one-half of all working Americans each year.2
- Is estimated that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.3
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
- Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.4
The real cost of back pain is actually north of $100 billion per year as those who suffer also lose wages, and the companies they work for lose productivity. The ACA even admits that most back problems are non-mechanical, which is a code word for we don’t know why it happens. In my book The Back Pain Bible I put forth the notion that back pain is not a problem, it’s a symptom. In fact, my #1 statement when it comes to back pain is that you actually have a butt problem. That’s where I found mine, along with about 95% of the cases I have fixed over the last 12 years. When you fix your butt, you fix your back.
In the book I give you everything that I give my clients when they come to see me. We diagnose the tight side, figure out which other muscles have been affected, then draw up a game plan to mobilize, stretch, and then strengthen the your body so it performs once again like the day you were born.
What would be the first thing you would do if you woke up three months from now with ZERO back pain? How would your life be different? Would you exercise more? Play with your kids? Schedule a skiing vacation? Imagine moving freely through your day bending down, lifting odd objects, or playing a game of golf with your buddies without a care in the world.
I presents remarkable case studies of people with back pain just like you, and give you the same confidence and knowledge through this 3 step approach to eliminate your back pain FOREVER. Like I said, back pain is most always a symptom emanating from another area in the body. I will teach you how to find and treat the PROBLEM causing your back pain, rather than just treating the symptom.
In this book you will learn:
•Why you were already in trouble before you started to feel pain.
•How to discover the root cause of your pain, and how to get rid of it.
•A 4-minute exercise that will erase sciatica issues for good.
•How to restore the normal function to more than just the tissue of your lower back to keep your back pain away for good.
•Why your Abs are NOT your core and why people with back pain should never do sit-ups.
•How doing one simple thing will increase your results from stretching and decrease your pain by 10x.
•How to confidently end your search for relief from pills, shots, or surgery.
•How to work through your pain safely while returning yourself to your normal activities.
You were born to move. It’s time for you to stop losing income, and time with your loved ones because of your back pain.
Pick up your copy today!
Praise for The Back Pain Bible
Not only is Chris a gifted athlete and a skilled trainer, in his new book he draws from years of experience of trial and error. He condenses this information to dispel the myths around training and endurance. The book gives us a clear understanding of the importance of self-care through regular, consistent mobility work. It is a must read for elite athletes, beginners and individuals of all body types.
I can not even explain how grateful I am for what Chris has done, this book is a true miracle worker! If it wasn’t for him, I’d be stuck with my old problems and for the past few years I could feel something was wrong with my body, yet nobody could help me. After utilizing the techniques in this book I immediately found that my glutes were locked up and not firing correctly. Since utilizing his mobility sessions I have drastically reduced pain in my back and I finally feel like I’m on the right path!
January 2, 2018
December 21, 2017
Great book! The excercises shown here have helped me with my back/hip pain and I couldn’t be happier
Thank you Chris
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“The fascia is the place to look for the causes of diseases and the place to begin treatment.” –A.T. Still Philosophy of Osteopathy, 1899
Manny is not your average real estate agent. In his early 20’s he served in the army with distinction and had become accustomed to the grind and physical-ness that the military ingrains in all of its participants. Now in his early 50’s you can still find him kayaking with his family, climbing the random tree just for fun, and playing basketball with his children and their friends. He notices that the longer the drive when hunting for a great home, the longer it takes him to loosen up when he gets out of his car. He chalks it up to old age and goes back to focusing on his business. Soon after that, Manny notices that not only is his back tight after his long rides, but he is also getting a pain shooting from the left side of his back down into his leg. This really has his attention now, as the pain seems to worsen week to week. He goes to see his primary care physician and is prescribed muscle relaxers but those don’t help him any. He goes to the chiropractor and even though there are a few cracks and pops, the pain is still there when he wakes up the next day. After talking with a friend one day he hears about me, and calls to make an appointment. Our very first session together I give him a range of motion test and find his left Gluteus Maximus (butt muscle) to be much tighter than his right. I ask him if he can remember any injury he had that would cause such an imbalance between the two sides of his body and as he paused to think about it I suddenly saw his eyes light up. About four years ago he was playing with his children by the pool and slipped on the deck. As he landed on his right butt cheek pretty hard, he also extended his right arm to break his fall. Thinking he was still a young buck in the army he laughed it off and went about playing with his children. He remembered that his right hip was sore for about two weeks after the fall!
This type of case happens more often than you would think. The trauma caused to the muscle and its fascia from the fall was never attended to. Manny’s brain then unconsciously started to favor his right leg and overcompensate with his left, which caused the muscle surrounding that hip to tighten and compress nerves sending the pain down his leg. This specific type of pain is called “referred” pain and is what keeps practitioners chasing their tails with tough cases they can not figure out how to heal. The practitioner is treating the symptoms, not the problem and the reason why this doesn’t work is because we are not robots!
The Fascial Network
Allow me to confuse you for one second. Human beings are machines, but we are not robots. When I see someone walking in for his or her first appointment, I see a machine, not a human. I see levers, I see angles, I look to see where their feet are facing, and whether or not their hips are level. You don’t have to be a mechanic to know something is wrong with your engine if a pungent black smoke is pouring out of it, right? When we do take our car to the mechanic all he does is swap out parts. He says this is broken, so I gave your car a new one. The human body however, does not work this way in most cases. In most cases if your back is broken, you have a butt problem. Your butt problem will also cause a hamstring problem, which does not allow your calf or foot to function correctly. What we need to understand first and foremost about pain in our body is that it is a lagging indicator of a problem we have had for quite some time now. Most of us think pain is just the beginning when it is in fact the middle of our journey. If your engine ceases up it didn’t just run out of oil that second, it’s safe to say the oil was low for a week maybe two. Pain takes time to develop in our body and some muscles are more resilient to pain than others. Pain travels in the human body because our muscular system is a web. If you pull on a spider web the rest of the web distorts in the direction of that pull until something finally breaks. I care deeply for everyone I help and you are no different. There is a huge mental component to pain and that is why I educate everyone in the same manner. The more we understand, the more we can feel. Feel where our hotspots are. Feel where we are tight. And most importantly feel what we need to do to become better!
Your Body Is A Closed Loop
I would like you to do an exercise for me right now. Sit comfortably in a chair. Feet on the floor and head held up high. Take three deep breaths and with every inhalation feel where you are tight. Are the aspects of your body responsible for expanding and contracting doing their job? Is there restriction in the belly? Stress in the shoulders? Tightness in the back? It’s more than likely you felt one of those three. This is because a web like structure called fascia surrounds our muscle tissue. In 2001 Thomas Myers wrote a book called Anatomy Trains describing how the body is connected from head to toe, and core to cuff. In it he states, “The fascial web so permeates the body as to be part of the immediate environment of every cell.” Yes ladies and gentleman, even the backs of our eyes contain fascia, which could be pulling on the back of your neck! Fascia used to be treated as dumb tissue, and largely discarded in anatomy class, but new evidence is showing it to be highly intelligent and one of the prime movers of locomotion and major a friend in our battle against gravity.
To picture fascia, think about it like another skin for our muscles and for our organs. Rather than it separating the outer environment from the inner as our epidermis does, the fascia holds our muscles taught, helps them move with fluidity, and also connects them with information from our organs. We have known muscles are tied to our organs for years now. If your appendix bursts, your abdominal wall turns to a sheet of steel. If you have kidney stones, your back will ache badly. An indicator of an impending heart attack brings pain into our left shoulder, and so on. Eugen Sandow said back in the late 1800’s, ”You can’t have healthy muscles without first having healthy organs and glands.”
The composition of fascia gives us an even clearer picture of why we must be so aware of it. Besides being 65-70% water, fascia is composed of:
Fibroblasts – which give it its shape.
Mastocytes – which aid the immune system and helps secrete hormones.
Adipocytes – fat cells, which reserve energy, and cushion our organs.
Macrophages – which regulate inflammation.
Plasmacytes – which help the immune system organize the defense of the body.
Leukocytes – white blood cells that defend infection.
Because of its composition fascia links everything in your body together into one harmonious system. It is in fact a closed loop, which means it operates based off of feedback from within, and from without of the system. This is why when we damage a certain area of our body through a fall, a car accident, or sporting injury the pain can spread to other areas of your body.
The Problem Vs. The Symptom
Most, if not all of Westernized medicine focuses on treating symptoms, rather than finding and curing the actual problem. Heart disease is treated with pills and open-heart surgery, rather than adjusting the diet. Joint pain is corrected with shots, rather than correcting the way that person is moving. In 2007 $30.3 billion was spent on low back pain. I also indicated that low back surgeries fail over 70% of the time. Today, that number has grown to over $50 billion a year, not to mention the $300-400 billion that is being spent on pharmaceuticals! When it comes to healing the low back there are several factors we need to be aware of, as we are not just physical beings. Humans are mental, emotional, and spiritual beings, and all of these can factor into back pain. Understanding this, here are some psycho-physiological aspects we need to improve in our life to eradicate and keep back pain away:
Hydration – Stop drinking plastic water! Get a reverse osmosis, Kagan, or AquaTru water filter and always drink from a glass, not a plastic cup. Ditch the 24 packs of water from Costco for $3. The quality of the water matters and there are no testing requirements for bottled water. Being dehydrated will cause your vertebral disks to lose water and compress nerves. Re-hydration usually takes about 90 days.
Your Thoughts – Humans think 80,000 thoughts per day. Research shows over 80% of those are negative. This is psychological weight that tenses us up and compresses the body. It can feel as if real weight is on your shoulders! The best way to eradicate negative thoughts is by starting a meditation practice. Even 10-15 minutes a day can cause a drastic reduction in negative though production. I reveal in my book The Everspace how neurons that fire together wire together. The more negative thoughts you have, the more predominantly those neurons want to fire. You could be taking a stroll through the park on a beautiful day and then all of a sudden you’re trapped in a negative thought pattern of something that happened two years ago for no reason at all. Meditation can be done sitting, or lying – comfort-ability is key. If your mind is running – let it, and soon it will calm itself. A muddy puddle clears up by not disturbing it.
Your Breath – Breathing is the most important function our body performs. You can survive weeks without food or water, but only a few minutes without breathing. When our breathing rates are too high, or the pattern is faulty, the lumbar spine will compensate and pain will develop. Studies show 80% of people using PC’s get so engrossed with their work they literally forget to breathe. One doctor has termed this E-mail Apnea. I teach all of my clients to box breathe when working out fascia, but breathing this way throughout the day allows us to remain calmer and control our stress levels because box breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for resting and digesting. To box breathe is simple – inhale through your nose and let your stomach expand for 4 seconds, then exhale through your nose and let your stomach retract for 4 seconds. Breathing this way can do wonders not only for your body, but your mind as well. Start being conscious of your breath today!
Posture – As computers and smartphones control more and more of our lives we find ourselves sitting in terrible chairs, or looking down for too long a period of time and develop conditions like “Text neck.” A forward head posture spells disaster for the rest of the spine! Proper posture yields a “Stacked” or neutral spine. We accomplish this by having our shoulders slightly back with our chin slightly tucked whether sitting or standing.
Diet – Eat unhealthy, and your body will be unhealthy. Per my book The Death Of The Diet, I recommend ditching all processed food. Stick to what nature gave us and you’ll be fine, no matter how much of it you eat.
All of the points I just mentioned previously can be problems that eventually contribute to your symptoms. None of them requires you to take a pill, or have surgery to correct. What it does ask you to do is be more mindful of how you operate on a day-to-day basis. As Americans we love proclaiming how busy we are. We also want what we want fast, and we want it now. At what cost are we willing to live like this? It would be nice to have a private jet, sure, but I don’t want someone to have to cart me there in a wheelchair. Correcting back pain as I have illustrated quite extensively in this chapter involves a lot of factors. Your patience is going to be tested many, many times. You need to change the way you think about the body as a closed system, you need to change your negative thoughts to positive, focus on your breathing, consume healthier food, and be more mindful of how you move which we will delve into more in greater detail in the next chapter!
Ask The Coach!
Why Has Nothing Helped In The Past?
Often times when people come to see me I am the end of the road for them. I hear story after story about their journey – how much money they spent, how many different practitioners they have seen, who has been telling them what, or how much they’ve read about their condition. Once again what I hear is it’s not about the pain. It’s, “Why can’t anyone cure my pain?” It’s the not knowing what’s wrong that’s killing them. The main reason that nothing has worked for you in the past is because like my situation, you only have part of the answer, so you achieve partial results. The shots help for a couple weeks, physical therapy only takes some of the pain away, or you feel better for a couple days after the chiropractor. What we fail to realize is how complex the spine is. I took a course called spinal fitness when I was studying for my master’s degree and learned some amazing things about the spine. First, the spine is the only structure connecting the pelvis to the shoulders. Second, it contains the spinal cord, which is a super highway for messages from your brain to your entire body. Third, it contains 33 bones – 7 cervical (doctors will sometimes refer to C8 which is a nerve root not a vertebrae), 12 thoracic (Which increase in size as according to their number), 5 lumbar (some people can only have four, while other may have six), 5 sacral (of which all become fused together after age 26), and 3-5 coccygeal (depending on if you’re a man or a woman). Fourth, the health of the vertebrae depends on the health of the disks, which is dependent on diet, bodyweight, hydration, our posture, our breathing, our thoughts, and whether or not we exercise.
That little bit of education was designed to help you no longer feel helpless. A complex structure like the spine necessitates a complex solution. There is no silver bullet, no quick fix, no one size fits all cure! One in every 10 million things on this planet is a human being; by your very nature you are a miracle. You are unique and so is your situation. My approach is as comprehensive as it comes. Keep reading and we will find a solution together!