We’re in the 21st century – and even so, nearly 80% of all adults will suffer with lower backache or back pain at some point in their lives. With all of the advances we’ve made in science and medicine, how can that be? What are the doctors all missing?
Well, one well-known back pain expert says that the answer is right in front of them – in fact, it’s in the first paragraph of this story. “We’re in the 21st Century” – that’s the key.
Life has changed drastically over the last 100 years. The stress and pressures of current-day life, coupled with the fact that we live our lives so differently, mean that we have lost what author and educator Roy Palmer calls the “art of natural movement.”
Think about what life was like 100 years ago. People didn’t drive cars – they walked. People didn’t work in front of a computer – they didn’t spend their spare time online or watching TV – they did manual labor and exercise.
But today, we drive, walk, surf the web, hang on the couch, sit and play video games. So it shouldn’t be surprising that when we live our lives differently, we move our bodies differently (when we move them at all). Specifically, we move our backs differently – or even worse, we often hardly move them at all.
That is why your doctors may be telling you that your lower backaches or back pain is “all in your mind.” They’re not considering the stress you’re under or the type of movement your back is subjected to every day. They’re just relying on scans and x-rays to see if there’s something visibly wrong with your bones or discs.
And when their expensive tests can’t find an obvious medical reason for the pain and aches, they really believe that there’s nothing wrong with you – that you’re either making it up or imagining it. Nothing could be further than the truth. But when they can’t see a problem on the scan, they tell you “you need to exercise” and send you home.
You probably do need to exercise – it’s certainly better for your back than just lying in bed with pills and a heating pad. But exercising the wrong way can be as bad – or worse – than doing nothing.
That’s where most doctors and exercise therapists go wrong a second time. If your lower backache and pain is being caused by bad posture and hurting your body by moving incorrectly, what’s going to happen if you start exercising vigorously while you’re still moving and using your body the wrong way? Exactly. Things will get even worse.
So, what’s the answer to lower backaches? According to movement educator Roy Palmer, it starts with re-educating your muscles and learning the proper way to sit and stand, the proper way to walk and run – the way your body was built to operate in the first place. That will relieve the unnecessary strain and stress you’re regularly and unconsciously putting on your lower back. Then you can move on to a proper exercise program – and move on with your life, finally pain free.
It doesn’t have to take forever – and it doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. Over the last 12 years, Roy has used his movement re-education program to teach hundreds of athletes, performers, and everyday people like us how to ease the tension and stress they place on their backs – and live their lives free of lower back aches and pain.
Believe it or not, the first step in Roy’s program to relieve the pain takes only seven seconds – learn more about his program by clicking here.
Roy Palmer is the author of books on injury prevention, rehab for athletes and performance enhancement; his latest work, is “7 Seconds to Pain Relief” – more information is available by clicking here.