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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. The next programs I have planned for this website are 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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