A friend of mine, Roger Blain, has been suffering from sciatica for some time now. He told me about a natural cure that found in an eBook online. He says he cured!!!
Anyway, I thought I would share the link to the website for you.
It’s been a while since I added anything to this blog and I suppose it’s because I’ve been so active recently! I’ve started playing tennis again and even went water-skiing for the first time in about 15 years!! All this has come about since I signed up for the Jesse Cannone program. It’s just come to my attention (and this is the reason for the post) that they are currently offering a free trial, so I thought I’d just tell you about it. It’s worth a go!!
UPDATE: Just a wee update to this post – I’ve been doing the Jesse Canone course now for three months and my back has improved massively. Sure I still have days when I’m not so good but I’ve come to realize that it’s usually when I’ve done too much gardening or suchlike. Anyway, I would suggest at least having a look at the free book and audio program as the ideas in there really started me off towards a huge reduction in pain.
So here I am at 63 with Spondylosis. I’m personally convinced that I could have prevented the severity of my condition and reduced the necessary spondylosis treatment had I not spend a lifetime abusing my back and being sloppy about taking the advice I received when I had the opportunity. The pain that I am suffering is derived from a degeration of the facet joints. I had injections in my lumbar facet joints when I was still in my twenties in a very nice BUPA hospital and if I’d had any sense I would have started a program of back care right there and then.
My wife, Karen, who is now close to 66 ( I know, she got a toy boy! ) is also suffering degeneration of the spine. However, her spondylosis pain comes from a degeneration of the discs rather than the spinal facet joints. We’ve both suffered from bad backs over the years and in a strange sort of way, it has helped us to understand each other better in our 39 years of marriage.
If any of you reading this are in your thirties or forties and are suffering from back pain, please please do something about it now before it’s too late. When I was 30, I didn’t even know what Spondylosis was. I do now! In redefines the word agony. And the really crappy thing is, it ain’t gonna get any better by itself. That my friends is the nature of a degenerative disease, it just keeps getting worse.
One thing that still helps me is spinal decompression, so I went online and bought my own inversion table, which for me is still the most effective spondylosis treatment. I use it every day religiously in the afternoon, and also whenever I feel my back starting to tighten up such as when I’ve been in the car for too long. They offer a really good free book called the 7 day back pain cure which is well worth a read. While you’re at it you might as well also grab a free copy of their back pain relief guide and audio program.
My Spondylosis has developed to such a point that I don’t think there is any hope that I can be completely pain free again. However, since I have been working on my muscle imbalances that it are described in the video series, I have reduce my pain by something like 75%. I have even had the odd completely pain free day which is a real luxury I can tell you!
They don’t actually mention in their information video that it can act as a spondylosis treatment. Instead they talk about spinal stenosis, sciatica and slipped disc symptoms amongst other things, which makes a lot of sense as spondylosis is just a generic term for a degenerative spinal disease.
So why have I written a short blog? I suppose it’s just to say to as many people as possible who suffer from back pain, particularly if you’re in your thirties or forties, do something about it NOW. I never imagined that I would develop such a degenerative spinal disease and it upsets me enormously to think that I could have delayed the onset of this for many more years. I really can recommend the programme from Jesse Cannone, and it is a hell of a lot cheaper than going to the physio.
Here are some great exercises that I do as part of my spondylosis treatment.
One great exercise for strengthening the deep lower back muscles my physiotherapist called ‘The Crane’ – I guess he meant the bird! This is not easy and it will take some practice, but if you persevere every day, you will surely see significant improvements after around 10 days.
Stand on your left leg and stretch your right leg out behind you at about 30 degrees to the right from the line in which you’re facing. Reach out with your left hand towards the ceiling diagonally opposite your right leg. You can use your right arm for balance. Stretch your leg and arm out as far as they can go, slightly arching your back. Hold this for five seconds then, still balancing on one leg, curl your right leg up to your chest and your left elbow to meet your right knee. You should now be curled up in a ball but standing on one leg. Slowly stretch out again as far as you can go and hold for five seconds again. Repeat this five to ten times depending on how good you get at it. Then do the same on the other leg.
I usually do three sets of ten on each side. The progression to this is to do it with your eyes closed…. but this is really hard!! By doing this exercise, you are strengthening the deep intervertebral muscles that play a major part in stabilizing the spine.
Lie on your back with a cushion supporting your neck and your arms comfortably line by your sides. Slide your feet up towards your bottom so that your knees are bent at a little less than 90°. Your feet should be approximately hip width apart. Starting with your left knee, gently let it sink towards the floor on the left side. When you feel the right knee been pulled other to the left, allow it to follow the left knee. Once you reach the extent of this movement (take care not to overstretch) lift your right knee back up to the starting position and allow the left knee to follow. The right knee should carry on past the midpoint towards the floor on the right hand side and the left knee should follow until you reach the extent of this movement on the right side. Repeat this slowly and gently 10 to 20 times.
Lie on your back and your arms by your sides and your knees bent as in the previous example. Rotate your a hips downwards in order to make the hollow in your back. Rotate your hips in the opposite direction in order to make your back flat against the floor. This should in no way cause you any pain, if it does stop. Gently repeat the movement forwards and backwards around 50 times.
Lie on your back is in the previous examples or with both legs lying flat on the floor. Slowly and gently slide your left foot up towards your bottom until it’s about level with your other knee. Slide your foot back down until your leg is flat on the floor again and relax so that your foot rolls into its natural position. Repeat this 10 times. Repeat this another 10 times but this time tried to imagine sliding the foot up and down one toe at a time. What I mean by this is that the first time for should slide up and down with the weight over the big toe. The second time, try to imagine rolling your foot and leg out slightly so that the weight is directly over the second toe. The fifth time you do it you should be sliding along the outside edge of your foot in line with the little toe. Do the same again rolling your foot slightly inwards each time until you get back to the big toe. Repeat the whole exercise with the other leg.
Spondylosis is a condition that involves degeneration of the spine. It could refer to degeneration in the neck ( cervical spondylosis ) or that of the lower back ( lumber spondylosis ). This can be confusing for patients as doctors tend to use the term spondylosis differently. Some doctors use it to describe back pain in which there is degeneration of the spine but no know actual cause for the back pain itself. Others will use it as an umbrella term to cover all aspects of spinal degeneration.
Degeneration of the spine is a natural condition that occurs as people age. It is more common for people over 60 to have some spinal degeneration than not. However, evidence of spondylosis on a CT or MRI scan does not necessarily mean that the patients back pain is being caused by this condition.
The problem with a diagnosis of Spondylosis is that it seems to be used as a cover-all term that does not always clearly define the root of the patient’s pain. It could be coming from a closure of the facet joints (I had facet joint injections to kill the nerves when I was in my twenties!), it could be spinal stenosis pain, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal, or even a degenerative disc disease. These are only a few of the possible causes of the patients back pain.
The treatment of these conditions varies considerably and so to say that the patient has a spondylosis or degeneration of the spine does not give the doctor or the patient any clear indication of how to to treat the pain. Normally, a more accurate diagnosis comes from a combination of looking into the patients complete medical history, extensive physical examinations and MRI, X-Ray or CT scans of the problematic are of the spine. Once arriving at a confirmed diagnosis, doctors are then able to give a more specific diagnosis of the problem that is causing the pain.
As I previously stated, spondylosis is more of a descriptive term than it is a diagnosis, and therefore spondylosis treatment will vary according to what exactly the condition is. Basically spondylosis means that the patient has back pain and degeneration of the spine regardless of what is causing the pain or exactly where the degeneration is occurring. If the degeneration is occurring in the facet joints then there is likely to be osteoporosis. If it is in the discs, then it is likely to be a degenerative disc disease. You should ask your doctor to be specific about the diagnosis ( could it be a spinal stenosis for example ) so that you can be treated accordingly.
Shortly before my 40th birthday, my second son arrived-Joshua. I had been so sloppy over the previous few years about going to the gym and doing any kind of back exercises that my sciatica was continuing to get worse and worse. It always ran down my left leg starting at the buttock and going through my entire hamstring down to my knee. Of course some days were worse than others, and it really depended on what I had been doing.
At this stage, I was still turning out to rugby training and playing the odd game for the old-boys. However, this was about to end. In one match, I was jumping in a lineout for a ball and simply landed on one foot before the other. Nobody pushed or jostled me, and I didn’t even manage to touch the ball, but I succeed in putting out my back to such an extent that I was unable to walk properly for almost a month after that.
I went to a different orthopaedic surgeon this time and he told me that I had a ruptured disk in my lumbar spine. He said that it wasn’t that bad and that given the right amount of time and therapy, it should sort itself out. I was fearful at this point that I may have a degenerative disc disease, but he assured me that this was not the case and recommended spinal decompression treatment. This time I knew what this meant so I toddled off to a physiotherapist for more back exercises and hanging upside down! I was more careful this time and did actually find a gym that had an invasion table. I went consistently twice a week for around six months before a one year old, work and life in general got the better of me, and once again I stopped.
As a consequence my back started to get worse and once again I did nothing about it. Now, at the age of 63 I look back and realise that if I had spent more time keeping in shape and in particular looking after my back, I probably wouldn’t be in the position that I am now.
Spondylosis is a condition that can be to a certain extent prevented, depending on what is really causing the pain. At the end of the day, my facet joint degeration is really just osteoporosis of the spine, and osteoporosis is it a degenerative disease of the bones. A Feldenkrais teacher called Ruthy Alon develop a program for osteoporosis called bones for life. She has helped thousands of people prevent the onset of osteoporosis and I wish I had known about the program when I was still in my forties as I am sure it would have worked well as a preventative spondylosis treatment.
As a young lad, I used to do an awful lot of sport. My favourites were Rugby and Basketball, both of which are of course fantastic for the lumbar spine! Of course, when you’re a teenager or even in your twenties, you never think about looking after your back. I remember thirty as being a turning point for my lower back pain. Before then I had had the odd twinge, but once I reached the next decade, it was as if God had flipped a switch and given me lumbago, sciatica and ankylosing spondylitis all on the same day! I started looking for back pain remedies and tried yoga, stretching and other back pain exercises. They all helped a bit, but I was still young and reckless and so mostly ignored my back pain symptoms.
Thirty-five changed a few things for me as this is when we had our first child – Robert. If you have children, you’ll understand that for several years you spend an enormous amount of time bending down and picking them up. It was around this time that I suffered my first pinched nerve. Man that hurt!! I lay on my back for a week taking all kinds of pain medication. When I could eventually stand, my wife sent me off to the back doctor to see if I had a bulging disk or something more serious like lumbar spinal stenosis.
It turned out to be neither of these things at the time –“just a trapped nerve” he said – like he’s ever had one! Still he sent me to the physiotherapist, who introduced me to spinal decompression treatment. What a marvellous thing that is! The thing she had is called an inversion table and basically you adjust it to your height, clamp your feet in and tip yourself up-side-down and hang for about five minutes. You can see a video of one here – www.losethebackpain.com/inversiontables/. It really helped reduce my lumbar back pain. After my therapy was over, she sent me off to join a gym to strengthen up my “core”, which is essentially stomach and lower back muscles. Of course I didn’t go for long and was soon back to my old habits of sitting badly at work and playing rugby – sadly it was the old-boys by now!