So Your Lower
Back Hurts??? by Jesse Cannone
Low back pain is one of the most common ailments
people suffer from and approximately 8 out
of 10 people will deal with back pain at some
point in their life. Thats a lot of
are you one of them?
Out of all of the various forms of back
pain, lower back pain is by far the most common
and theres a good explanation for this.
Any idea why?
Its not car accidents, its not
work-related injuries, and its not a
lack of prescription medications either. Lack
of movement and use is the number one cause
of back pain!
I bet your orthopedic specialist or chiropractor
didnt tell you that, did they?
Its the lack of movement in various
muscles over years that leads to muscle imbalances
and uneven wear and tear on your body, especially
the spine. For example, how many times a day
are you bending, leaning, or twisting.
Heres what the typical persons
day is like:
- Wake up
- Eat breakfast (hopefully)
- Drive or ride to work
- Sit at desk
- Eat lunch
- Sit at desk some more
- Drive or ride home
- Eat dinner
- Sit on couch and watch tv
- Go to bed
Notice the trend here? Thats an awful
lot of sitting and not moving. Well, this
is what leads to serious muscle imbalances
and so what do we do, we go to the gym and
perform exercises that only make the imbalances
The key to eliminating back pain (nearly
any ache, pain, or injury for that matter)
is to identify the muscle imbalances that
are pulling the spine, bones, and joints out
of place and then stretch the tight muscles
while strengthening the weak muscles.
How do I know this? Well, as certified personal
fitness trainer and post-rehabilitation specialist,
I have worked with hundreds of individuals
with back pain and the conditions that ranged
from sciatic pain, to bulging discs, to spinal
fusion, and others. In working with these
individuals I discovered some startling facts.
1. Many people who seek professional help
are often mis-diagnosed and end up following
a treatment plan that fails to eliminate the
cause of their back pain.
2. Nearly all of the individuals I worked
with were able to eliminate their back pain,
or significantly improve their condition even
though all of the traditional treatments failed
them (physically therapy, chiropractic care,
cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications,
Even more amazing is the fact that most of
these individuals were able to eliminate their
back pain in a matter or days or weeks simply
by performing a handful of exercises and stretches!
These werent your basic exercises or
the standard back stretches and stomach exercises
most experts recommend
these were specific exercises and stretches
prescribed based on the individual.
Many of these people had suffered for years
and years with aches, pains, and stiffness
and lived inactive lives because of their
3. Most treatment plans offered only address
the symptoms and dont address the cause,
which usually delivers just temporary relief
for the individual.
In addition to helping hundreds of others
eliminate back pain, I also have had personal
experiences with back pain and other various
conditions such as tendonitis, muscle strains
and sprains, and more. In every single situation
the traditional treatments did nothing but
treat the symptoms (often times not successfully)
and the only approach that gave lasting improvements
and relief was targeted stretches and exercises.
Have you tried traditional treatments and
found little relief? I am not saying these
treatments are not effective at temporarily
reducing the pain or inflammation, but I am
saying nearly all fail to get rid of the underlying
cause of the problem.
So how do you identify these muscle imbalances?
Well, it isnt easy but with a basic
understanding of how your body works you can
at least start looking at your situation and
find out which muscles are over worked and
too strong and/or tight and which ones are
too weak and stretched out.
It also helps if you can find a qualified
health professional who specializes in identifying
muscle imbalances. Unfortunately, there are
still few professionals who use what I call
the common sense approach. However,
your best bet is to look for a personal fitness
trainer that is trained and certified in post-rehabilitation,
a manual physical therapist, or an osteopath.
Also, dont be afraid to ask questions...
you need to take charge of your health care
and be sure to quiz them to find out what
type of an approach they take in treating
I also recommend you my video, "Lose
the Back Pain" here: http://www.losethebackpain.com
. It's shows you step-by-step, how to identify
the true cause of your back pain and what
specific exercises and stretches you need
to do to correct it.
I wish you the best and remember the key
to a healthy back is movement!
Jesse Cannone is a certified personal fitness
trainer, post-rehab specialist, nutritionist,
and a national fitness presenter. He is also
the author of Burn Fat FAST and A Brides
Guide To Fast Fitness + Weight Loss in addition
to many other popular fitness articles. He
is known for his hard-hitting and to the point
style and offers a great free email newsletter
called Fitness Success News, which you can
subscribe to at his website http://www.achieve-fitness.com