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How I Healed My Low Back Pain Naturally: Part I

Discover how I healed my low back pain naturally, and the best exercises and workouts, best treatment, best gear, best supplements, and best books and resources for healing your own low back pain without surgery and medications.

By
Ben Greenfield,
March 27, 2017
Episode #330

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Hop, hop, hop … oomph.

As soon as the muscle on the right side of my low back seized up and sent me into teeth-gritting pain, I knew that my simple morning workout of practicing jump-rope double unders had suddenly resulted in a debilitating injury.

A low back strain. Sprain. Spasm. Pull. Whatever you want to call it, it hurt like heck and within twenty minutes I could barely stand.

But despite back injuries like this sticking with many folks for months, years, or even a frustrating entire life of dealing with nagging aches in the spine and hips, I was personally back in action and fully healed within just four weeks.

So how did I heal a serious low back injury so fast? You’re about to discover how I healed my low back pain naturally, and the best exercises and workouts, best treatment, best gear, best supplements and best books and resources for healing your own low back pain without surgery and medications.

See Also: When to Worry About Low Back Pain

The Best Exercises And Workouts for Low Back Pain

Contrary to popular belief, and as I discuss in my article “How to Workout With A Low Back Injury,” you don’t simply have to lay with your feet up on the couch on a heating pad when you have injured your low back. Movement will not only increase blood and lymph flow to allow your low back to heal faster, but will also keep you burning fat, maintaining muscle, and avoiding going slightly insane from being a complete sedentary slob as your low back heals.

So in addition to the link above, what are my favorite exercises and workouts for low back pain? Here’s what I do:

-ELDOA training.

ELDOA, which stands for Étirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation OsteoArticulaire, or Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation of the Spine in English, is a form of deep fascial stretching that elongates the space between the discs of the low back and decompresses the spine – using nothing but your own body weight and a few simple stretch moves. To learn more about what exactly ELDOA training looks like and how it works, listen to this recent podcast I recorded with my own personal ELDOA instructor. Below are links to sample videos of how to do it (I simply did each of the exercises below once per day for sixty seconds each).

– T6-T7 – T8-T9 – L5-S1

-In addition to daily ELDOA stretching, I also recommend you do the daily Core Foundation program from Dr. Eric Goodman's book True To Form.  I actually interviewed Dr. Goodman in my podcast, and I have written an article on Foundation Training.  Check out the interview with Dr Goodman, Why Your Back Is The Most Important Part Of Your Core Workout, and read my article on Foundation Training to understand exactly how this process also decompresses your spine and “turns on your butt”, which is very important for eliminating low back pain and keeping it from happening again. I did the exercises from the book aboveonce per day, and they take a total of about 10 minutes.

-Finally, avoid the two worst positions for your low back: sitting for long periods of time or (surprisingly) standing for long periods of time. Both can compress your spine or cause your spine muscles to spasm and lock up, especially when they’re injured. Instead of sitting, adopt a lunging or kneeling position, and if you must sit, for example, in an airplane or car, then tuck a lumbar support pad, towel, blanket or pillow below your low back. If you have a standing workstation, remove pressure from the spine and discs by standing with one foot elevated on a raised platform and by frequently changing positions. Here’s a video I recorded demonstrating my own setup in my office that allows me to move in a variety of back pain relieving positions during the day at work.

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