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Say Goodbye to Sciatia

How To Finally Get Lasting Relief From
Your Back Pain, Neck Pain or Sciatica

 

by Dr. Robert V. Duvall, DPT, ATC, Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS and Steve Hefferon, CMT

of The Healthy Back Institute

 

 

 

Dear Back Pain Sufferer,

 

Here at The Healthy Back Institute we have spent the last 10 years researching and studying back pain and sciatica and have personally helped tens of thousands of back pain sufferers…

 

We’ve tested nearly every treatment, technique and product available and what we’ve found is most treatments provide only temporary relief, if at all.

And the reason is, the treatments only address the symptom, which is the pain and they don’t address the actual cause of the pain or condition that’s causing the pain.

 

The “Hidden Cause” of Back Pain…

There’s a hidden cause of back pain… it’s something very few medical or healthcare professionals are even aware of… If they were, they wouldn’t be treating conditions.

Instead, they’d be identifying and addressing what brought about the condition in the first place.

For example, if you were diagnosed with a herniated disc, instead of just treating the symptoms, they should be finding out what caused the disc to herniate to begin with.

Back pain does not happen overnight…

While the pain may appear suddenly, the fact is the problem has been developing for months or more likely, years.

The reason you have back pain is because your body and spine have been pulled out of their normal position and into what we call dysfunctions.

If you are like most people, you move around and live your life without ever being aware that you are forcing your body to work with these dysfunctions, and sooner or later your body breaks down.

An example of a dysfunction can be seen in the illustration below and as you can see, there is an excessive curve in the lower spine.


Normal                        Dysfunctional

As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long before this results in pain. It’s very important to understand though, that these dysfunctions don’t just appear out of nowhere – we create them!

Physical dysfunctions develop over time and are the direct result of imbalances between various muscle groups, what we call “muscle imbalances”.

 

Did you know that while you may feel pain in your back, the actual cause of the pain could be the front of your thighs?

 

For example, an imbalance between the muscles of the thighs can pull your pelvis and spine out of position and this dysfunction can quickly cause all sorts of problems.

 

As you can see in the illustration below, back pain begins with muscle imbalances that over time create a dysfunction. Your body is then forced to work each day with this dysfunction and eventually this creates a condition, like a herniated disc for example.

Then the condition causes pain and as you know, pain is your body’s way of alerting you to a problem that needs to be fixed… just as a light on the dashboard of a car alerts the driver to a problem.

 

Muscle Imbalances Are The
“Hidden Cause” of Nearly
Every Case of Back Pain and Sciatica…

 

What the heck is a muscle imbalance you ask? When a muscle or group of muscles overpowers the opposing muscle(s), you have a muscle imbalance. Think of it as a Tug-of-War.

When your muscles are out of balance they pull your bones and joints out of their normal position and this places them under constant and uneven stress.

For example, the position and curvature of your spine is determined by the amount of balance in numerous muscle groups like the thighs, hips and torso.

When muscle imbalances pull your spine and body out of alignment, the level of stress on certain muscles, bones and joints increases.

And even the smallest muscle imbalance can over time pull you out of balance and place tremendous amounts of uneven pressure and wear and tear on your body… especially the vertebrae, discs, spine and its supporting muscles.

 

Why Do You Have Muscle Imbalances?

 

There are several things that contribute to and create muscle imbalances such as how active you are, what activities you do frequently, if you exercise, the exercises you perform, how you sit, stand and walk, if you work, what you do for work, etc.

Also, it’s very important to note that everyone has muscle imbalances and as you may have already realized, muscle imbalances are responsible for more than just back pain and sciatica. But just to make sure you understand and grasp this concept, here’s a quick analogy to help drive home the point.

What happens when you drive your car with unbalanced tires or your steering out of alignment? Your tires will wear down unevenly and quicker than normal and eventually you’ll have a blowout… the same is true for your body!

Think about this for a minute…

Even if you injured your back while lifting something or gardening, we are certain that it isn’t the underlying cause. What caused it was the months and years of uneven pressure and wear and tear on your body caused by muscle imbalances.

The event simply was your body finally breaking down.

4 Conditions Cause Sciatica…Which is Causing Your Pain?

 

Sciatic pain is simply caused by pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve and there are primarily four things that can create this…  you may have one or more of the following conditions:

 

Condition #1 –  Piriformis Syndrome

 

This is the most common cause of sciatic pain and is created when pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. Muscle imbalances pull the hip joints and pelvis out of place and this change of position typically shortens and tightens the piriformis muscle, which then places pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Here’s a illustration of a study done on over 1500 people who were suffering from sciatic pain…

 

As you can see in example A, the sciatic nerve runs under the piriformis muscle the majority of the time… however, it occasionally will run thru or around the piriformis muscle as shown in the other examples. Whatever the case, muscle imbalances will cause major problems and are the underlying cause of piriformis syndrome.

What The Heck Is a Muscle Imbalance Anyway?

 

When a muscle overpowers the opposing muscle, you have a muscle imbalance… Think Tug-of-War…

 

When your muscles are out of balance they pull your bones and joints out of their normal position and this places your muscles, bones and joints under constant stress and uneven pressure…


For example,  the position and curvature of your spine is determined by numerous muscles and whether they are balanced or not…There are over 640 muscles in the human body! Nearly every muscle in the body affects your spine and if just one of these muscles are out of balance you’re in trouble…

 

 

Here’s An Example Of Excessive Curvature In The Lower Spine Due To Muscle Imbalances…

 

This is just one of the manyproblems that can be created by undetected and untreated muscle imbalances…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Your Body and an Automobile Have in Common…

So what the heck does this have to do with getting rid of sciatica?


Here’s a quick analogy that will show you how much alike the human body and an automobile are…


What happens when you drive your car with unbalanced tires or your steering out of alignment? Your tires will wear down unevenly and quicker than normal… and eventually you’ll have a blowout… the same is true for your body!


It’s critical for you to understand that your body alignment and mechanics are affected by your muscles and even the smallest muscle imbalance can, overtime, place tremendous amounts of uneven pressure and wear and tear on your body, especially the spine and it’s supporting muscles.

 

 

Condition #2 – Herniated Discs

 

Sciatica can also be caused by pressure on the nerve due to a herniated or bulging disc. A herniation is when a disc protrudes out from between the vertebrae and this can either be caused by an event like a car accident, or by months or years of uneven pressure due to muscle imbalances.

 

Here’s An Example of a Herniated Disc…

 

 

Take a quick look at this MRI image… You should see the disc bulging out towards the right and pressing on the nerve…

This is the type of damage muscles imbalances can create when they are not addressed!

And, unfortunately, no amount of ultrasound, electrical stimulation, medications, cortisone injections, general exercises or chiropractic adjustments can correct the muscles imbalances that have created your back pain or sciatica…

mri showing herniated disc

MRI showing a herniated disc

 

Herniated discs are probably one of the most common diagnosis’s for sciatica out there and this diagnosis is often used when a doctor can’t find an explanation for the person’s pain… similar to a doctor explaining away various aches and pains as arthritis.


Plus, research has shown that in many cases, people live with herniated discs yet never have any back pain or symptoms. The point is, if you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc, it may not be what’s really causing your back pain!  Even if you’ve had x-rays and MRI’s done that show a herniated disc, chances are still very good that it’s not the problem…


The problem is, even if you were diagnosed with a herniated disc, you have to understand that if you don’t address what caused the disc to herniate in the first place, you’ll likely struggle with back pain or sciatica for years.

 

Nearly Every Herniated Disc Is
The Result Of Muscle Imbalances!

Here’s a close up so you can see what happens to the spine when it’s being pulled out of place…

When your muscles pull your spine out of alignment, the uneven pressure and compression on your vertebrae wear down your discs much faster than normal…

And it’s very important to note that your discs are NOT designed to be subjected to this constant, uneven stress and that’s why sooner or later they will begin to bulge or herniate…

     Normal                        Imbalanced

 

Later in the advisory we’ll cover the various treatments that are available for herniated discs and discuss what works and what doesn’t…

 

Condition #3 – Spinal Stenosis

 

Sciatica can also be caused by pressure on the nerve due to a narrowing of the spinal canal. There are several possible conditions that lead to spinal stenosis:


  • Aging-With age, the body’s ligaments (tough connective tissues between the bones in the spine) can thicken. Spurs (small growths) may develop on the bones and into the spinal canal. The facet joints (flat surfaces on each vertebra that form the spinal column) also may begin to thicken.
  • Trauma—Accidents and injuries may either dislocate the spine and the spinal canal or cause burst fractures that produce fragments of bone that penetrate the canal.
  • Heredity—If the spinal canal is too small at birth, symptoms of spinal stenosis may show up in a relatively young person. Structural deformities of the involved vertebrae can cause narrowing of the spinal canal.
  • Fluorosis—Fluorosis is an excessive level of fluoride in the body. It may result from chronic inhalation of industrial dusts or gases contaminated with fluorides, prolonged ingestion of water containing large amounts of fluorides, or accidental ingestion of fluoride-containing insecticides. The condition may lead to calcified spinal ligaments or softened bones and to degenerative conditions like spinal stenosis.


The most important thing you can do if you are certain you have spinal stenosis is to ensure that you maintain as close to normal curvature in the spine. The more your spine is pulled out of place the tighter the space gets in the spinal canal…Identifying and addressing muscle imbalances is crucial!

 

Condition #4 – Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

 

Sciatica can also be caused by Isthmic spondylolisthesis, yet is much less common. Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebrae slips forward and places pressure on the adjacent vertebrae. This condition will produce both a gradual deterioration of the vertebrae in the lower spine and can also cause a narrowing of the spinal canal.


If abnormal motion allows this vertebrae to move back and forth nerves in the spinal canal may be affected causing pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs. Many individuals who have this condition may not have symptoms while others may experience long term back pain and or sciatica.


Spondylolisthesis is most common in the lower spine. The most common cause is degenerative disease (like arthritis) and the slip usually occurs between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae where there is the most curvature in the spine. Muscle imbalances play a major role in two ways:


1. Degenerative diseases like arthritis are much more common in areas of the body where there is uneven pressure and wear and tear.


2. Muscle imbalances increase the amount of curvature in the lower spine making this condition much more likely to come about.


Other causes of spondylolisthesis include stress fractures (which are often caused by repetitive hyper-extension of the back, commonly seen in gymnasts), and traumatic fractures. Spondylolisthesis may also occasionally be associated with bone diseases. As with the other three conditions, muscle imbalances have a lot to do with spondylolisthesis.

 

 

The Secret To Getting Lasting Relief Is…

 

In order to get long-term relief from back pain you have to start at the beginning, and that’s with the muscle imbalances. This means you have to identify the muscle imbalances that you have and then work towards correcting and improving them.

While this may sound complicated, the good news is it isn’t! Just by reading this advisory you should now have an understanding of how back pain develops and because of this your recovery will be much easier and faster than most other back pain sufferers.

So how do you do find out which muscle imbalances you have?

 

Use This Simple 3 Step Formula To Eliminate Your Back Pain…

 

 Identify the Cause

 

The first thing you need to do is identify the dysfunctions you have and the muscle imbalances that have created it. You can do this by performing a series of what we call “self assessments”.

 

We have found that there are four primary dysfunctions that are either directly responsible for, or contribute to, nearly every single case of back pain or sciatica. And you will be able to easily identify them using the simple tests we teach you in this system.

 

Once you’ve identified your dysfunctions and imbalances, then it’s time for step two.

 

 Treat the Symptoms

 

You can’t correct the problem if your pain is so severe you can’t move. So in this step you’ll implement various strategies to help reduce and manage your pain so you can focus on correcting the dysfunction(s) that are responsible for your pain.

 

Then you’re on to step three, which is…

 

 Treat the Cause and Condition

 

Remember, pain is just a warning signal from your body telling you that you need to fix a problem.

So in this step you work on treating the cause, which is the dysfunctions and the muscle imbalances that created it and also implementing additional treatments and strategies that are specific to the condition you may have been diagnosed with.

Beginning any treatment plan without first identifying all of the muscle imbalances is a recipe for failure and frustration. And unfortunately, that’s what typically happens in today’s medical community.

Hopefully at this point you are saying to yourself, this makes so much sense…

Did Your Doctor Ever Talk To You About Muscle Imbalances?

Why Didn’t My Doctor Teach Me Any Of This?

 

There are several reasons why you likely haven’t heard of or been taught about this approach and these concepts before…

The first reason is, unfortunately, most healthcare professionals just aren’t aware of it. While this approach is based on an understanding of basic human anatomy and biomechanics, it just isn’t taught in the various medical schools.

It’s so unknown to most healthcare professionals that if you asked them about muscle imbalances they may not have a clue about what you are saying and even look at you as if you’re crazy!

 

And while you may have had an evaluation or assessment performed by your doctor, it’s highly unlikely that they looked for muscle imbalances.

Another likely reason is the poor set up and design of the medical systems in most countries. For example, in the United States most patients are rushed through their appointments as the doctors have to and want to see as many patients as they can in a given day.

In Canada, many people are forced to wait months or even years just to get an appointment to be seen!

 

Which Of These Traditional Back Pain Treatments
Have Failed To Give You Lasting Relief?

 

  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Orthopedic Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Cortisone Shots
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Anti-Inflammatories
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation 

While some of these treatments may offer some benefit, they almost always fail to deliver lasting relief because they don’t address the underlying cause of the problem. If these options really worked so well, you wouldn’t be reading this AND your back would be feeling great, right?

What About Those Generic Back Pain Exercises They Gave You?

 

You know the stretches I’m talking about, they look something like this…
They are on that sheet of paper you get when you go see a doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist.
It’s the same sheet they give every single patient who comes into their office with back pain or sciatic pain…

 

It’s NO Surprise These
Exercises Don’t Work…

 

Let me ask you this, how can those generic exercises and stretches be right for everyone? More importantly, how can they be right for you and your specific situation?

While the solution to back pain does involve exercise, the generic back pain exercises and stretches that nearly every healthcare professional gives out, won’t work most of the time because theexercises and stretches may or may not be the ones that YOU need to be doing!

 

In order for exercises and stretches to be effective, and deliver long-term pain relief, they must be targeted and specific to your imbalances, dysfunction and condition…

Also, you have to understand and acknowledge that money is a factor and both surgery and prescription medications are very big business. For example, how does a orthopedic specialist make money? Surgery. So don’t be surprised if surgery is on their list of treatment options for you.

Now, we are not saying that all doctors are bad and out to take advantage of you… not at all… in fact, we think most are genuine, caring and honest people…

But the fact is, most just aren’t using this approach so it’s up to you to ensure you take the information you’ve learned here and put it to work for you so you can benefit.

No one cares about your back and health as much as you do and therefore, you need to take charge.

 

Are You Fed Up With Temporary, Quick Fixes? Are You Ready To

Get Long-Term, Lasting Pain Relief?

 

Well, you can and we are going to help you make it happen… We’ve created an easy to follow program that anyone can use to find out what’s really causing their pain and actually get rid of it… It’s called the Lose the Back Pain System and…

 

Over 30,000 People in 85 Countries Have Used The Lose the Back Pain System

To Get Relief From Back Pain and Improve Their Health and Wellbeing…

 

Tens of thousands of people from all over the world have now used this proven system to get rid of their back pain and sciatica. Many of these people had suffered for years and had tried every possible treatment available before finally using this system.

 

Maybe your situation has been similar… if so, you need to take control of your back health and get started using this system right away… Here’s a brief description of what the system is and how you will use it to get rid of your pain…

 

 

It was developed by a team of leading health, fitness and medical professionals and has proven to be far more effective that any other treatment approach being used today.
The system is safe, extremely easy to use and understand, and most importantly, it gets great results because it addresses the underlying cause of the problem… not just the symptoms…
It consists of a series of Self Assessments or tests, you can do on your own, in the comfort of your own home, to identify the physical dysfunctions and muscle imbalances you have… and pinpoint exactly what’s causing your back pain or sciatica.
Then you begin your personalized self treatment program that will include Pain Reduction Strategies, the exact Corrective Exercises and Stretches you need to be doing and also Condition Specific Recommendations which target any specific condition(s) you may have been diagnosed with…

 

Here Are The Exact Tools You Are Going To Use

To Wipe Out Your Back Pain and Sciatica…

 

Component #1: Lose the Back Pain™ Videos 

Your first step is to watch the videos… there are 2 videos and here’s a quick explanation of what’s covered on each:

Video 1 – On the first video you’ll learn all the details about muscle imbalances and how they are causing and contributing to your pain.

Then we’ll walk you thru the self assessments and help you pinpoint which physical dysfunctions you have and you’ll quickly see how they are responsible for your pain.

Video 2 – Once you’ve identified your dysfunctions, we then walk you through the corrective exercises, stretches and self treatments that are specific to your physical condition and are necessary in order for you to rebalance your body and eliminate your pain.

    DVD and VHS Available

 

Component #2: Lose the Back Pain™
Audio CD’s

 

In addition to the two videos, you’ll also receive 3 audio CD’s.

 

Here’s what’s covered on the CD’s:

 

Audio CD 1 – How To Get the Best Results Using The System – On this first CD we explain in detail how to use the system and how to get relief as quickly as possible.

Audio CD 2 – Strategies for Reducing and Managing Pain – On this CD you’ll learn about more than a dozen strategies for reducing and effectively managing your pain while you also work on eliminating the underlying cause.

 

Audio CD 3 – Condition Specific Recommendations – If you’ve been diagnosed with a specific condition, CD 3 will give you specific recommendations, techniques and treatments you may also want to consider. These recommendations are in addition to addressing your imbalances and are explained in great detail.

Component #3: Lose the Back Pain™ Reference Manual

 

Another vital part of the Lose the Back Pain System is the extensive reference manual. In addition to reviewing the information covered on the videos and audio CD’s, it also covers several topics in much great detail.

 

Plus, all of the corrective exercises, stretches and pain reduction strategies are included in the manual so you can easily take it with you so you’ll never be wondering what you are supposed to be doing or if you are doing things correctly.

(source: http://www.losethebackpain.com/sciaticareliefguide.html)

 

 

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