Do you or someone you care about suffer from back problems? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “Each year 13 million people go to the doctor for chronic back pain. The condition leaves about 2.4 million Americans chronically disabled and another 2.4 million temporarily disabled.” Are those numbers a bit difficult to place? Look at it this way, about 60 to 80 percent of the adult population in the United States suffers from lower back pain and it is the second most common reason people go to the doctor. I don’t know about you but to me, that sounds like a pretty serious problem.
I remember back to my early twenties when I was spending a warm spring day outside with my niece jumping on the trampoline. One minute we were giggling and having a ball and the next my back locked up, I screamed, and I immediately fell unable to move. I thought I had just done something silly and “threw my back out;” however, I after days of barely being able to walk I finally went to a doctor and was diagnosed with herniated discs. I am now in my early thirties and have suffered with the condition ever since. I am always extremely guarded when it comes to different activities. I try to determine how my participation will affect my back and thanks to that persistence, the majority of the time I am perfectly “normal.” However, there are days when I sleep funny, I jar my back, or I perform a task without thinking and then I suffer relentlessly for days and sometimes weeks.
I have self-medicated and been to multiple doctors throughout the years but alas, I still have herniated discs. Some doctors have prescribed medications, some have wanted to administer an epidural, and one even wanted to perform surgery to fuse my back. The doctor that wanted to fuse my back was my favorite as he sat there describing the surgery and the aftermath and the lack of fluid movement that I would have as a result. That was a fantastic day! The more the doctor talked, the more I cried as I realized there would never be a real solution for me for such a painful problem.
In recent years I have shied away from going to the doctor because I knew what they had to offer and did not like any of my options. Instead, I find myself lying in bed, licking my wounds (figuratively of course), practicing the “remedies” that I have found helpful over the years, and I wait for the pain to pass. I am pleased as punch to share that is not the case anymore.
Recently, I was introduced to #MadBack: How To Stop The Hurting And Reclaim Your Life, Now by Patrick Lee. Lee’s book aims to help suffers reduce, relieve, and prevent back and spinal problems easily and effectively using a discipline neutral, holistic perspective.
Admittedly, once I saw the word holistic my antenna of skepticism began to scan the area for BS; however, what I appreciate about the author is that he understands back pain is complex and there really is not one answer for such a problem. In other words, back pain is very real and there isn’t one single right answer to fix the problem; it takes multiple views and approaches. The book starts by breaking down the landscape of the back, which is something most of us don’t truly understand, and then looks at available healthcare options.
#MadBack: How To Stop The Hurting And Reclaim Your Life, Now by Patrick Lee focuses on the following topics
– why you may be continuing injuring your back unknowingly
– why your current approach to your back problems may be hurting you more
– critical back mechanisms you can learn to regain [enjoy] a pain free back
– right care for your back condition
– 6 secret habits you can build for a healthy pain free back
– 35 back misconceptions you can overcome for your future wellbeing, and
– many more secret insights that you must know to keep your back and spine strong.
In a good year my back only acts up two to three times and so far it has been a good year; fingers crossed. As I am fortunate enough not to be in the middle of a flare up I was able to read #MadBack out of want versus need and better focus on the information at hand. I’ve picked up exercises that I am able to use to strength my back, information on posture and relaxing my back, and I have a better understanding of what is actually causing the problem so I can better focus on how to alleviate it. Lee suggests we read his book so we can became, “a true partner of your own back and spine …” and I absolutely love that. I honestly can say that I have never thought of it that way and now that it has been presented in that manner I can’t figure out why I haven’t. This is my body, I have to partner with what is going on, take responsibility for it, and fight for a better tomorrow. That may sound silly to some but anyone that suffers from back will/should completely understand.
I am in the beginning stages of taking on some of information or suggestions that were presented to me but I understand it is going to take time and effort on my part to create better back health. This is something that I am more than willing to work towards as I feel strengthening my back will create and overall healthier and happier me. The days of pill popping, doctor’s appointments, and surgery suggestions need to be a thing of the past, I am ready to take the steps needed to actively, in other words knowingly, take part in my destiny and #MadBack is able to help.
f you or someone you care about suffer from back pain, I recommend that you pick up a copy of #MadBack: How To Stop The Hurting And Reclaim Your Life, Now by Patrick Lee.
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