Volume 1: Causes, is the first book in a series of two. In this free ebook I will show you how to change and enhance the quality of life by eradicating back pain for good. Discover how your spine works via its structure and learn to understand the reality behind most common pain-inducing conditions.
The title of this section, ‘An introduction to back pain’, is a bit misleading. I’m sure that you already know back pain very well. Whether your particular version is aching, burning, jabbing or gnawing, I bet that you need no further introduction. I hope that by the end of this book and its companion volume, you’ll have the knowledge and techniques to say goodbye to your back pain forever.
About five billion people around the planet are currently suffering, or will soon suffer from, spinal pain of some sort. No, I didn’t take a survey. Medical statistics tell us that about 80% of people will have back problems at some stage during their lives, so my estimate is probably pretty accurate. Five billion cases of back problems! That’s a lot of pain. Yet I’m sure that, for you, one case stands out above the rest: Yours.
This book is all about your back pain. And, of course, what you can do to get rid of it.
Back pain is not only very common, it is also very likely to recur. Four out of every five back pain sufferers will have more than one attack. Many of these people develop chronic pain that persists for months, years or even decades. This book is dedicated to preventing these all-too-common repeat, or chronic, problems.
Of course if you’ve just suffered from your first case of this dreaded affliction, then the techniques and tips that follow will help ensure that it is your last.
As you’ll soon come to appreciate, back pain is a very individual problem. Techniques that help one person’s pain can cripple someone else. For example, consider these two vastly different cases:
+ An eighty-year-old retiree, whose back stiffens and aches after he has been sitting in his easy chair for an hour, and
+ A fifteen-year-old gymnast, whose lower spine catches with a sharp pain each time she does a back flip.
These two types of problems are totally different, and so require separate solutions. Likewise, I’m sure your spine has its own unique characteristics and problems. As we go we’ll explore various types of spinal problems, and then provide specific, tailored advice for your particular case. In this way, you will learn solutions that are likely to help your problem, not someone else’s.
Like most worthwhile pursuits, the solutions may require some hard work. You may have to make changes to yourself, to your habits, your lifestyle, and even to your way of thinking, if you hope to permanently alleviate your back problems. This book will show you how, and why, you need to take these important steps.
In doing this, we will first take a light-hearted look at the evolution of the spine. You will learn how this remarkable piece of engineering progressed from a stiff band of cartilage to become its current amazing and complex series of interlocking bits. Then, we’ll take a closer look at these interlocking bits to discover how and why the spine works. Finally, to complete Volume One, you will learn what can go wrong with your spine, including the bones, joints, discs, ligaments and nerves.
After that you’ll need to go to Volume Two – the Cures. In this volume we tackle the big issues, including a self-assessment section where you’ll analyse the nature and behaviour of your problem. You’ll complete a very important quiz that will classify your spinal problem into one of four types. (You can also perform this analysis via a downloadable link.) The results of this quiz, along with your gradually accruing knowledge, will enable you to identify the advice that most relates to your specific problem.