Please remember that I am not a health care practitioner. I am just another patient willing to experiment with a variety of therapies and sharing about my experiences.
If you suffer with low back pain, you are far from alone. Estimates show that approximately 60-80% of adults experience at least mild back pain at some point. Frightening, isn’t it? Statistics on treatment costs, productivity loss, and treatment types are also sobering. It’s enough to make someone want to hide in a blanket fort.
While pain like mine has both chemical and mechanical causes, physical therapy has proven to ease some of the pain and increase my mobility. It’s been an issue for me since 2003 and there seems to be no end in sight. As I grow older and somewhat stiffer, I look for additional therapies that may help me stay on the flexible side. I have my favorites, but it never hurts to expand the regimen. Well, it usually doesn’t.
There are many books and videos on the subject, and Ontario-based Sherwin Nicholson wrote a good one. Low Back Pain Program is an illustrated training manual designed for those who want to self-treat their chronic pain. It is progressive and starts with exercises to help increase mobility before moving on to a set that strengthen the muscles and joints.
If you are currently under a doctor’s or therapist’s care, do not try any of these exercises before discussing them with your healthcare practitioner. Why? Because you want to make sure you don’t do anything that might hurt you. I am forbidden to perform certain movements because they will aggravate my spine.
I read through the Limited Mobility Exercises section before deciding to go all in. I figured it couldn’t hurt more than usual. Hoped it wouldn’t, anyway. I’m only 20 days into the program (I’m sticking with the Limited Mobility Exercises a little longer thanks to a pain flare), but I do feel somewhat better. The program is improving with my flexibility and mobility so far, two of my more common back complaints. I’m stretching and strengthening my muscles without spending hours on the floor or on ice afterward. I will continue the program to completion to see if it should stay in my personal therapy mix or not. So far, it looks like a keeper.
Low Back Pain Program is available as an e-book and paperback and can be found on Amazon.com, iBooks, Smashwords, Createspace and Nicholson’s website, LowBackPainProgram.com. If you give it a try, please let me know what you think.