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What works besides work?

I’m pleased to add my Low Back Pain Reduction Program to the body of information available to treat low back pain. As I suffered through increasing back problems over the years, I was shocked by the lack of good, actionable information about how to solve low back pain, especially considering it’s so common.

After my low-back near-hospitalization (sign up for my newsletter to learn more), the neurosurgeon I made an appointment with told me to never use weights again, and to commit myself to a program of long-distance running. AFAIK, the exact opposite would be the correct path forward.

Because my low back program focuses on strengthening the posterior chain—glutes and hamstrings—I can tell you from first-hand experience that it can also successfully treat high hamstring tendinopathy (proximal hamstring tendinopathy). This injury presents as deep buttock pain or pain when sitting. I have tried the Askling L Protocol; it did not work for me, although the L-3 sliding disk movement was challenging and fun.

As a side note, the scarcity of solutions for low back pain is also mirrored by the lack of answers for tendon pain. This website also has programs for healing your peroneal tendon (ankle sprain), and a fast trick to cure golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis).

In any event, the normal progression of treatment for a sits bone-type injury seems to be the Askling Protocol, followed by Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Therapy (ESWT). Shockwave therapy involves delivering an electric charge to the back of your leg, and according to Internet reports, is a quite painful experience.

When I was doing physical therapy for my shoulder, I asked my therapist whether he believed in Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, BPC-157, or any of the too-good-to-be-true shortcuts for healing soft tissue. I suppose from his perspective, he has a financial incentive to discount these treatments. But, based on my own experience, I have to agree with his negative assessment.

Much like anything else in life, to make things better, you need to put in the work.   

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