Acute Back Pain: how to deal with it
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Acute Back Pain: how to deal with it

Like a lightning bolt: ACUTE back PAIN strikes!

Ever felt like your BACK has broken into two? What do you do next?

Three weeks ago I was reduced to getting about on all fours. Nope, this wasn't self-inflicted...

It was a Saturday morning. I was about to leave the house to go to work. Reaching for my bag, out of the blue my back gave way and I collapsed in an ungraceful heap on the floor.

As I crawled in agony into the front room, (there wasn't enough space to lie down in the hallway) the reality hit me...

I was well and truly STUCK.

This has happened twice before in my life, but even so, this time I went into denial...maybe I would be OK in half an hour or so. I could still make it into the shop, I'd be fine.

Oh how the back pain god laughed! It was a lot longer than half an hour before I moved again.

The facts are staggering! As many as 80% of the population will experience back pain at some stage in their life.


Is it because we run too much/not enough? Sit too much? Stand too much? The wrong kind of weight training at the gym? Sleep too little? Sleep too much on the wrong kind of bed? Surely STRESS is a factor?! Is the problem that we think too much? (Incidentally, I recommend Dr Sarno's book, Healing Back Pain.)

We could debate these questions for hours, and I believe many theories carry valuable weight.

However, if you want a few QUICK tips, watch this video.

Want to find out what NOT TO DO when acute back PAIN attacks?

It's great to pool our wealth of knowledge, especially with so many people suffering from back pain. So please leave me a comment below. Has this video helped you? Do you have a secret prevention weapon to share? I look forward to hearing from you.

All the very best,

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