Saturday, May 24, 2014
Did you know that 80% of adults have or will have back pain at some point in their lives? For this review I received The Back Pain Conspiracy E-book! I have experienced back pain off and on over the years, but mine doesn't really limit what I can do. However, my husband experiences back pain on a daily basis, due to arthritis in the SI (sacroiliac) joint and he has followed doctor's order, but I finally convinced him to see a chiropractor and it's the only thing that seems to be working. By reviewing this book, I wanted to see what other types of treatments were available that would help alleviate more of my husband's back pain.
The Back Pain ConspiracyThe author wrote this book to help you alleviate your back pain. There is a three-prong approach in this book.
- First: This book is an intermediate level book, where the author talks about basic background knowledge of back pain and related treatments.
- Second: This book will help you learn about Back Pain myths and misperceptions, which the author calls Conspiracies.
- Third: This will teach you to watch your back and finally lose the pain.
This book talks about how there is over 80% of adults that experience back pain at some point in there lives and it frequently occurs in people aged 30-50 years. Back pain is now the leading cause of disability in people under 45 years of age and the third leading cause for people over 45. Each mainstream treatment or miracle cure turns into an expensive and draining dead end. If you are frustrated with the mainstream healthcare in helping your back pain, then this book may be the answers to your prayers.
In chapter one, "The Cultural Conspiracy" Gillian talks about Back Pain facts and fiction. She has a list of them, that you have probably heard before. The causes, activity with back pain and the prognosis. Then there's a list of all the so-called treatments.
I enjoyed reading the part about Jack LaLanne and how he turned his life around, from being a pimply little runt to the King of Exercise and nutrition! I didn't know that Jack had two knee replacements. Jack helped teach us that movement promotes a strong, healthy back. Sitting is one of the worst things we can do for our backs. Regular exercise is critical if you have back pain, remember we are made to move.
Have you ever noticed that a doctor will recommend pills, invasive pain management procedures and surgeries for back pain? Jack LaLanne opinion on this was, "It's a Lie. It's a Big Lie. Thrown the racketeers in jail. It's about time somebody tells people the truth." I totally agree with Jack!
Doctors treat back pain as a disease, not as the symptom it is. Diseases call for direct medical intervention, sophisticated treatment plans, strict rules and careful modification of activities.
Obesity and poor body mechanics are actually responsible for the vast majority of back pain! Your back pain is caused by stress, poor posture, body mechanics and muscle tension, along with lack of exercise. Back pain symptoms are heavily influenced by social, work, legal and other individual factors. Low back pain is a symptom, not a diagnosis. Here's what we do know about back pain, according to a study in the journal Spine:
- Back pain incidence is highest in Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
- Back pain incidence is lowest in Asians.
- Back pain incidence goes down, with education and income.
Your spine is a series of cushioned joints protecting the spinal cord from which major nerves exit, all supported by a comprehensive system of muscles, ligaments and tendons. The muscles in your abdomen, pelvis, back and hips collectively known as your "core" all work together for back health. Soft tissue makes up the active suspension and alignment systems in your body, which has a powerful ability to heal and is incredibly adaptable. Soft tissue is elastic, becoming weak and injury-prone, when you sit or it can be strong, aligned and supportive when you exercise it. Discs are spine glue that are easily influenced by the health, flexibility and, strength of your muscles and connective tissue.
Gillian suffered with back pain for seven long years and had every type of treatment, but it didn't help! She talks about all the types of treatments for back pain, expected results and the risks. Staying active is your best bet, even if it hurts, because if you don't the inactivity will cause unused muscles to spasm, leading to more pain and dysfunction. Sitting at your desk all day is riskier than, picking up a heavy box.
Later in chapter four, Gillian talks about Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). She talks about growing evidence that CAM has been used for interventions, which uses the body's own pathways in response to pain. Next time you experience back pain, think about if you have any emotional stress, because your brain will let your back muscles know and they will tighten up.
CAM has helped Gillian's back pain and her life. She was skeptical at the beginning of her treatments, with alternative medicine. Current evidence supports CAM back pain treatments over conventional ones. She suggests the following alternative treatments:
- Spinal Manipulation
- Mind Therapies
The book talks about how the back pain industry has a conspiracy against you, but it's not personal. Here's a quote from the book, that I truly believe and thought I would share it with all those back pain sufferers:
"Profit is the king and creating trustworthy impression sells. The healthcare market thrives on these factors, with a nearly limitless target market of back pain sufferers willing to try anything that seems doctor-approved. That's the healthcare industry's ploy: trading on the authoritative, healing and rigorously science-backed image of conventional medical profession to rake in profits."
The United States Spine Care empty's our wallets, due to enhancing physicians and healthcare executives' standards of living, without improving ours. That seems to violate the Hippocratic Oath, first to do no harm, doesn't it? Another thing that seems so true, is that a physicians attitude is, I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine. In 2004 the back pain industry annual cash flow was $91 billion.
Pharmaceutical companies, medical device makers, hospitals, surgery centers, spine surgeons and pain managements specialists are counting on you to boost their income levels.
The best treatment that Gillian found was her own and you can get the acute back pain treatment program free at The Functional Back website.
Table of Contents:
How to Use This Book
Chapter 1: The Cultural Conspiracy
Chapter 2: The Knowledge Conspiracy
Chapter 3: The Evidence Conspiracy
- Evidence Review: Conventional Treatments
- General Activity
- Pain Medications
- Physical Therapy/Exercise Therapy
- Spinal Epidural Injections
- Epidural Adhesiolysis/Neuroplasty
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Artificial Disc Replacement
- Interspinous Stabilization
- Spinal Fusion
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Spinal Cord Stimulator and Morphine Pain Pump
- Conventional Treatment Summary
Chapter4: The Political Conspiracy
- Evidence Review: CAM Treatments
- Cognitive Therapy
- Spinal Manipulation Therapy
- Lower-Level Laser Therapy
- CAM Treatment Summary
Chapter 5: The Market Conspiracy
Chapter 6: Your Turn - Real World Feedback
Chapter 7: The Missing Link - Self Treatment
About the Author
Connect with Gillian Hubble
Appendix: Key Terms
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