Back pain is part of the human condition… sooner or later you're going to get it.
And if you've ever taken over-the-counter painkillers, beware. They can do far more harm than good.
Regular use of aspirin, Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol can lead to:
The good news is you can ditch the painkillers. I've got a simple technique that'll rid you of back pain in as little as two minutes a day.1
First it's important to understand why you get that back pain in the first place…
Tendons attach your muscles to your bones. Ligaments attach bones to bones. As you get older, your flexibility decreases. Plus, your posture and how you sit and stand contribute. Certain muscles shorten, and your joints lose their range of motion – meaning your ligaments get weaker. This can trigger a number of back problems.
Healthy stretching works by lengthening those ligaments and strengthening your tendons. Problem is most average stretching exercises put stress on your ligature. Not exactly helpful.
The key factor that most folks don't know – including a lot of yoga teachers and personal trainers – is that you don't want loose joints. The tighter they are, the more stable and stronger they are. The stronger they are, the less likely you are to sustain an injury in the first place.
So what you want are long and relaxed muscles that can lengthen on demand without resistance.
I've found an easy way to do this. As long as you follow these techniques closely, they'll ease your back pain instead of making it worse (like a lot of wrongheaded stretches).
The two parts of your body you want to stretch daily to avoid back pain are the front of your shoulders and the front of your hips.
One more thing: I also recommend you check out the Healthy Back Institute's "Lose the Back Pain" program. Over 50,000 people have used their proven system to get relief. If you're suffering from any sort of back pain or sciatica, you really need to click here and check it out.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD
1 Deyo et al. "Cost, controversy, crisis: low back pain and the health of the public." Annual Review of Public Health. 1991. 12:141-56.