6 Things you NEED to discuss with your back pain patients

prrttherapyEver wonder what life would be like if you lived with back pain?

10’s of million know what it’s like and are desperate to learn how to live back pain-free. I was one of them and if you are as well you know how rough this can be.

Back pain complaints rank as one of if not the top reason a person sees a doctor.

The problem is not many people in pain find solutions that they feel addresses their pain issues.

Why is this?

Many reasons…

First and foremost, back pain is far more of a problem in parts of the world where people are less active, especially if they sit for a living most of the day.

Second, our diets don’t help as we consume many foods which are pro-inflammatory.

To name a few:

Gluten based bakery products

Nightshade plants….tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant & tobacco

A good way to have patients test for sensitivity to the above items is to choose one (Nightshades or Gluten) and have them swear off of the inflammatory items for 72 hours. Have them note any changes. Then have them add it back into their diet. If aching or stiffness increases (especially the next morning) that will be an indicator of sensitivity.

Third, the lack of adequate magnesium can often lead to muscle tension and sometimes spasm.

Magnesium is the most unique of all minerals as it drives over 300 enzyme systems and no other mineral has anything close to this critical role.

Be sure to slowly increase magnesium as too much can have a laxative effect.

Best sources of magnesium would be: Threonate
Less than ideal sources include: Oxide

Fourth, some people with depression have co-existing or co-morbidity of back pain.

In fact, most spine surgeons refuse to operate on someone’s back if they haven’t addressed their depression and have it under control.

Now tread lightly with #4 here as you don’t want to discuss the “D” word with your patients. I’d suggest asking them about stress levels. If you sense they may be in a depressed state then you could ask if they’ve ever spoken with a therapist, Psychiatrist, etc.

Fifth, one common thing I keep hearing from people who still have low back pain is the exercises they’ve been given don’t seem to help and sometimes make their pain worse.

After a half century of experience, what I’ve learned is that if the person in pain does them correctly and with the frequency advised and still has the same pain or worse as a couple weeks go by, the exercises aren’t likely to be their solution.

Lastly, it’s ideal to keep in mind how primally wired our entire spine is… including our back.

One of the most unique muscles in our body, the psoas major, a low back muscle, is frequently a culprit in the scheme of how low back pain presents itself.

Knowing and addressing these reasons for many suffering from low back pain will help to ease their pain.

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17 Years of Pain… Gone in 2 Sessions!

backpainDear Practitioner:

I’d like to share a story with you. I’m sure you’ve heard it before… someone who after a major accident, fall or injury has been forced to “live with the pain.”

I’ve never been willing to accept this outcome and neither should you!

Abby’s husband was attending our PRRT Live Seminar and asked if I would see her. On 2 separate weekends I spent roughly 2-3 hours (in total) with her. She felt such a dramatic change that she wanted to share it on video.

After amassing some 12,000+ views on our Facebook page, we decided it would be a good idea to schedule a phone call follow up with Abby.

Here’s her thoughts after our 2nd session:

 

A few months later we re-connected on the phone and I wanted to share this with everyone. FYI- the recording is about 55 mins but I wanted to give it to you unedited.

In the call, we discuss:

  • History of injuries (-54:26)
  • Her daily pain level before PRRT (-49:49)
  • Other therapies she explored (-47:28)
  • How it feels to be in pain & desperate for relief (-38:46)
  • The changes she’s experiencing (-36:10)
  • How many years she suffered (-35:08)
  • Her message to others in pain (-34:53)
  • How much time we spent on her treatment (-27:09)
  • Whether she feels it could be a placebo effect (-26:26)
  • Reflecting on her video (-20:56)
  • Her estimate of percentage improvement after each session (-13:49)
  • Update pain scale level after PRRT (-11:16)

 

 

Listening to Abby’s story of transformation from living in chronic pain to a life without pain can give you encouragement for what you too can learn to do.

Here’s the key….

You’ll need to begin to see the body in a whole new light… not based on someone’s technique approach.

“The words life changing aren’t even adequate”

I can teach you this.

Why?

Because I’ve taken the graduate level of Anatomy at USC and then studied for several years under the auspices of the world renowned and since passed on orthopedic surgeon, Jacqueline Perrry, M.D.

Dr. Perry was first a physical therapist and then became an orthopod.

During my graduate work at USC, I assisted her in teaching and was the only therapist allowed to be a “fly on the wall” for her now famous anatomy lectures for the orthopedic residents at Rancho Los Amigos.

Her insights on not only anatomy but also the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system coupled with her EMG research in muscle function gave me insights which I feel helped me to “see” and “feel” what the human body is trying to tell us.

This is true with Abby and every person I treat.

Most of my patients have chronic conditions of pain which have defied numerous other practitioners in physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, etc.

Many of the patients experienced symptomatic temporary relief lasting minutes, hours, even days…only to have most if not all of their pain issues return.

In Abby’s case, it took me less than 10 minutes to perform my exam after taking a detailed history.

What I found were her muscle still in a “splinted” state from the force of impact of the MVA at age 14.

Remember, the law of conservation of energy states that energy can be neither created or destroyed – only transferred… in this case into her muscles & fascia.

The relief with my gentle, non-force PRRT maneuvers was both instant and painless.

Abby would immediately, without my prompting, begin to move parts of her body which prior to my maneuvers, she was unable/unwilling to move.

The difference now is that the movement felt great as I had transmuted nocioception into proprioception.

“On a daily basis… I’m walking around at a zero”

This happens all the time with PRRT and in seconds when the areas affected are found and released.

More importantly, the results are usually lasting.

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Is PRRT™ Evidence Based?

PRRT has been a clinical success for years and more than 1500 practitioners actively use PRRT. It is an alternative approach that is easily blended with traditional treatment techniques. This technique isn’t the solution for all patients, but has been clinically proven to frequently reduce pain by more than 50% on the patients first visit.

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A Simple Method May Benefit Traumatized Troops

The news media seems to have found a major potential crisis in the health care of our service members, as reported recently by NBC Nightly News.

The news segment indicated that the incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) appears to be significantly higher than reported during the Vietnam War.

One of the main reasons for this increase, NBC News stated, appears to be the number of military personel exposed to buried bombs.

The nature of the explosion seems to create a greater emotional impact than other forms of injury, i.e., gunshot wounds.

The Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, the NBC News segment reported, is overwhelmed with the prospect of hundreds of thousands of vets returning who desperately need help with their PTSD.

“A simple, yet powerful method, has been developed over decades of research” says John Iams, M.A., P.T. of Poway, Calif., in response to this problem.

Iams, a physical therapist, found many of his patients didn’t respond to his efforts to relieve their pain until he evolved his method, the StartLess Reflex™.

Iams researched the nature of the most primitive reflex, the startle reflex, and found a way, often within just minutes, to “reset” the primitive area of our emotional brain where this reflex is housed.

Iams says he is willing to share his maneuver with VA hospitals but knows it’ll take months if not years to wade through the bureaucratic “red tape,” believing our vets will suffer unnecessarily during this time.

What Iams says he hopes to find is a decision maker within the VA system who’ll take a close look at his method and its potential to heal the emotional pain from war.

“A small pilot study,” Iams says, “would prove the potential effectiveness of the method and help solve the PTSD issue for many of our returning vets.”

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