Would you have back pain if every part of your body were in perfect balance? The answer has to be NO... It's pretty safe to say you wouldn't have any pain if your body were perfectly aligned, perfectly balanced and in a perfect state of being.
But here's the thingyou don't have to be perfect to be pain-free. In fact, you can have serious conditions like Spinal Stenosis and even a Herniated disc and still have no painregardless of the type of job you have or how you think the condition developed or even the unique situation that you find yourself in today.
Don't believe it? The prestigious 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.
How do you become one of those people?
Let me say something that may be uncomfortable for you to hear. There is a good chance your condition will never go away. That may sound scary, but it is possible. Herniated disks don't typically un-bulge themselves and then heal themselves back to the way they were when you were 15. Spinal Stenosis doesn't come and go.
And yet, you can still live without pain. In fact, you probably already have.
If you have gone just one minute of one day since your last flare-up without pain, you've proved you can have your condition without feeling pain.
How can this be? If the condition didn't go away, what changes? It all has to do with the alignment of your body, the position of your pelvis, the curvature of your spine and the stability of your body as a whole as you go through your day.
Now, there are a couple of ways to try to relieve that irritation permanently. Sure, you could have surgery. That's one option to treat your pain. But most surgeries fail within 3 to 5 years. Why? Because they don't address the reason why the condition became symptomatic in the first place. In other words, they don't fix what's really causing your condition to develop--they just remove the irritant that is causing the symptom: the pain.
So what does? I understand you think you've tried everythingchiropractic, physical therapy, cortisone shots, acupuncture, massage therapy, anti-Inflammatories and probably 20 other things. But ask yourself one question. And answer it truthfully.
Has anyone ever looked at your body as a whole and told you specifically what your postural dysfunctions are and what specifically is causing your body to look like it does?
Furthermore, has anyone spelled out for you why your pelvis is the way it is? Did they tell you specifically which muscles are tight, which muscles are weak and then give you a very specific and very targeted corrective program to achieve postural balance and stability? Did they tell you the single most important thing you can do to alleviate your pain and regain control of your life?
The only way to stop the irritation is to bring your body back to a more neutral, more balanced and more stable state of balance. When you do that, everything works betteryour back, your hips, your shoulders, your SI joint… everything! Once your body is balanced and stable you can do all the things you love to do and do them with the confidence that you are safe, strong and protected against further injury.
As the study reported in the NEJM proved, you don't have to be perfect to eliminate your pain. You just need to work toward creating a more balanced and neutral state for your body. When you work toward pelvic stability, you help your spine maintain a neutral position. Then you can use your body as it was intended to be used.
That's how you can have the condition but not its pain. You most likely won't need surgery. You won't wake up every morning feeling stiff. You can return to your life and do all the things you ever wanted to do, but couldn't because of the pain.
First, you should understand that there is no single set of exercises that can specifically help a Herniated disk or Spinal Stenosis or any condition for that matter. So I urge you not to search the Internet for back pain exercises and just do any old stretch or exercise without knowing the underlying reason you are doing it.
You must also understand that the Corrective Exercise Program you will get from Muscle Balance Therapy is not based on your diagnosis but rather on corroborating evidence from both physical and visual assessments that are used to ensure you are doing the correct and safest program possible for you and your current condition.
Muscle Balance Therapy is based on the biomechanical principlethe more balanced and stable your body is the better your body will work and the less pain you will feel. So before we start we must first know which muscles are out of balance, meaning we need to know specifically which muscles are tight and which are weak. Once we know those, then we can create a very specific and targeted stretch and exercise program to restore balance. And again that only comes from doing the specific assessments...
Let me just review this point one more time--there is no such thing as a single exercise for a medically-diagnosed form of back pain, like a herniated disc or Spinal Stenosis. So when you tell me you just had an MRI and was just diagnosed with 4 Herniated Discs, Degenerative Disc Disease at all levels, Spinal Stenosis and, oh you were born with Scoliosis and 17 years ago you were in a major auto accident… and then you ask me, "Will your system work for me"? The answer is, and will always be, YES...
In fact, I tell everyone that while it's good to know your specific diagnosis, you should now forget about it! And here's why: you cannot change the facts and you cannot change the past. Instead, you must focus your energy on the things you know you can change. And as you restore balance you will restore function.
That brings us to the third unique aspect of Muscle Balance Therapy, which is that we have to perform what we call the Unbalanced Workout. This means that you will not benefit from just blindly strengthening or stretching all your core muscles. That is not the way to do it.
The reason is that you could be stretching or strengthening muscle groups that do not need to be stretched or strengthened and you can make your condition worse. Here's the secret: The difference between having pain and not having pain is found in millimeters of movement and the more specific the physical approach the faster and safer the results will be.
The fourth difference is not in our exercises, because there are no new exercises in the world. Rather, it's the confidence you get knowing that the exercises you are doing are working the muscles in the specific way that is correct for you and your personal situation.
Everyone understands that one approach cannot be the answer to every possible circumstance. And we know this as a fact. So here is the secret: As you work with Muscle Balance Therapy and address root cause issues like physical balance and postural stability, please understand that we encourage you to seek out those same modalities that failed you before. They all have value in the process of healing, but not until you address the important stuff first.
You know the list of things that you have tried... I contend that this timewith our direction--Massage, Inversion, Supplements, Trigger Point Therapy, Heating Pads (to name a few) will all work to speed your healing and help you achieve optimal health for the rest of your life.
Is Muscle Balance Therapy perfect? It's close. Does everyone get 100% pain relief? Most do.
I can say with all honesty that there is 100% chance you will improve from your current state. We have a list of 50 ways that your body and life will benefit and 100% pain relief is by all measures a bonus.
So it boils down to this: Would you be happy with 80%, 60%, even 50% reduction in pain while being able to do all the things you love doing? That would really improve your quality of life, wouldn't it?
I have dedicated the last 15 years of my life and endured both personal and professional sacrifice to create a safe, systematic approach to addressing all forms of back pain that can be used by young and old alike. And I have never been closer than I am right now with the concept of Muscle Balance Therapy to be able to say that you have just learned one of the best lessons anyone with back pain can learn.
I'm not promising miracles. But I do promise a Complete, Thorough and SAFE approach to managing, treating and even eliminating your pain.
I have seen amazing results again and again for those people that put in the effort and believe in them, with the knowledge that they are doing the right thing.
Let me leave you with this last thought, one that I believe holds the most power. The human body is intrinsically designed to heal itself, and we as individuals just need to give our bodies what is needed and remove what is not needed. Muscle Balance Therapy puts that power to heal yourself back in your control.
If I could steal a line for my good friend Bob Proctor, the cure to ignorance is knowledge. And the answer to fear, worry and doubt is study, understanding and faith. Faith builds enthusiasm and enthusiasm accelerates healing.
So if you don't believe me that you can have your condition and not have pain let me teach you what is possible. If you worry and are filled with doubt I urge you to study what is already available to you and the more you know the better off you will become.
That is true for all things and will be true 'till the end of time.
1. Jensen, M.C., et. al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People without Back Pain. N Engl J Med; 331:69-73
50 Years of Back Pain Gone in Just Days!
Jerry Talisman had suffered from chronic back pain on and off for over 50 years. Like most people, he had tried it all... chiropractors, physical therapy, he even overdosed on tylenol but nothing gave him lasting relief until he discovered muscle balance therapy.
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