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Finally cured after years of sciatica hell
on 30 December 2011
I have had lower back problems on and off for most of my adult life (15+ years) and I stumbled upon this book from a marathon Googling session, when I was determined to get the help I couldn't find anywhere else. I have literally tried everything: exercise, yoga, stretching, massage, acupuncture, osteopathy & chiropractic; the latter of which has cost me thousands of pounds over the years. I was one of those chiropractic bores who would tell everyone and anyone who would listen about its healing effects. That was until this year, when I was in so much pain even with painkillers, that all I could comfortably do was lie down with my laptop and search.
I am so glad I did! This book is based on the principle that your body's natural spinal curve - the lordosis - is stretched and turned the wrong way with conscious and unconscious abuse over the years. Well I was surprised that I had never even heard of the word "lordosis", and how simple it would be to return it to its natural state. In years of visiting back specialists, none of them even suggested this problem! At this stage I was willing to give it a proper go to see what it was all about. It is so simple everyone can do it, no matter what shape you are in, or how much pain. You really can treat yourself!
The book gives a good bit of background and science without being dull, and helps you address the real causes of most back problems, particularly pains associated with the lower back, hips and legs. I used the exercises frequently throughout the day as it suggests, and then at regular intervals over the weeks or when following any kind of exercise which flares up your problem. In only about 2-3 months I could move freely again, and even resumed gym activities including running and weights!
What I should also point out, which is also mentioned by the author, is the fact that when doing these exercises you will experience new pains at first. Do not despair! This is a normal part of the healing process as you retrain your body to stand, sit or even lie down in the correct way. Persistence will see you almost pain free in a matter of weeks, and you will also learn a lot about how you have been slouching up till now without even realising it. There is also a good "emergency pain" page which gives short descriptive diagrams about what to do if your back ever "flares up" again. But you should not really need these if you follow the book correctly because the real benefits are in the long term.