Dealing with back pain – Part 1

It’s been estimated that 80% of Americans will experience back pain of some sort in their lifetime.  Sadly, it’s a multi-billion dollar per year industry with people desperately buying anything ranging from pain killers to anti-inflammatories to chiropractic to all sorts of gadgets.  And trust me, I’ve tried most, if not all of them by this point.

My own back pain is one of the primary reasons I ended up eating low carb.  Having had back surgery many years ago, my weight started really going up and it became a downward vicious spin-cycle as a result.  Every one was telling me to lose weight and that it would help my back.  But that’s easier said than done, especially when there are days I couldn’t even stand upright.

My own thoughts on the matter are that weight has little to nothing to do with real cause of back pain.  I know skinny people who have back problems.  Personally, I think it’s a blend of structural, emotional/stress, and nutrition.  Yes, your body probably functions better at healthier weight levels, but there are other factors to consider  And in my case, just losing weight was not enough to help relieve my back pain.

So back in late August 2010, I started my own personal rehabilitation program known as “Get Robert better”.  I went total low carb and lost about 70 pounds in the last 6 months.  I started walking, and at first I could walk about 15 – 20 minutes before the pain was so bad I had to stop.  I went to a chiropractor for months, with only minor success.

But one of the real break-throughs happened when I started doing 2 very specific things that have been extremely helpful.  And in part 2 of Dealing with back pain, I’ll tell you exactly what’s been helpful for me in reducing and alleviating my own back pain (after 20 years of experimenting and testing different things).

To be continued…in the next post.

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