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Is Exercise Making Your Back Problem Worse?

Monday, October 1st, 2012

I was recently surfing around the internet and found something very interesting. I typed in “back pain cure” and got thousands of matches. Which I found interesting… because…
If there actually were so many “cures”, there wouldn’t be anyone left with any pain!

But we all know most of these “cures” are coming from opportunity seekers just trying to separate you from your money.The first thing that’s a dead give-away is when someone offers a cure for ALL back pain.Just like there is no ONE magical diet that works for everyone…there is no ONE solution for ALL cases of back pain.

Back pain can be complex, have more than one cause and, therefore, need more than one solution/treatment. For example – I came across one web site that claimed he had the ultimate cure for back pain. This guy had supposedly cured his own back pain with a “special” set of exercises. Exercises, he claimed, would cure everyone’s back pain. Exercises he would give you – for a hefty price!

I did a little Google search and found this guy had also suffered with carpal tunnel syndrome…and had found the cure…which he sold. He also suffered with headaches…that he cured…and sold the cure. Then there was his shoulder pain cure…I think you get the point.

Just for kicks, I ordered this guy’s “special” exercises. What a joke. They were nothing more than a mix of 6th grade gym class exercises with a few wrestling stretches. Attempting to do some of these “special” exercises, if you have a herniated or bulging disc, could leave you crippled on the floor.

And that’s the problem with most people pushing exercises as a cure for back pain…They think all back pain is caused by weak or inflexible muscles.

Which may be PART of the problem… but… if you have a herniated or bulging disc… that is NOT where you should start.

Look at it like this: If the front end of your car goes out of alignment – what happens to your tires? They wear unevenly, right? So what do you do? Do you drive your car a special way to try to fix the alignment? Do you work on the parts of your car supporting the alignment? Or do you get the alignment fixed?

The same is true with your back pain. When you have a herniated and/or bulging disc, your spine is injured and does not work properly. The more you use it, the more abnormal stress is put on your spine and discs, and the more damage you will cause. Exercise will NOT fix a herniated disc! But, if you are treated on the spinal decompression system and the herniation is healed PROPERLY… then… and only then… does it make sense to exercise to strengthen and stretch the area.

And here, one last thing to think about: If exercise cured backs… why do so many world class and professional athletes suffer with back pain? Just something to think about. I guess these elite athletes don’t know the “special” exercises I bought on the internet!