"I used to play a lot golf and had to give it up about 12- 13 years ago. I went to a physical therapist for 6-12 weeks, that didn't seem to help much. My sleep was disrupted by I had to give up most strenuous physical activity, including golf. My yard work was limited to what little I could do. On several occasions, I had to miss work because of back pain. At times the pain was so bad that I was unable to easily get out of the chair or get out of bed and it made very difficult to do routine, daily things. I gave up the game of golf, it simply it was too painful to continue to try to play. For those of you who play golf, you know that golf involves a lot of twisting, a lot of tort in the torso and golf swing of course it is not with the arms but with the larger muscles in the torso and legs and I could no longer make that turn necessary to make good golf swing. It was simply too painful and so I gave up. The program started out focusing on abdominal muscles and leg and gluteal muscles that are what helps support the back and take the pressure of the invertebrae where there was no discs.
I did this for several months and after a couple of months I noticed that my sleeping was better, the pain was less, I could stand for hours - whereas before I could only stand for a few minutes before, it hurt. I decided to give golf a try about 6 weeks ago and I have played about 10 times since then and I’m virtually pain free. I think anybody in their 60s who plays golf probably has a sore back after the round’s done, but this heals very quickly and the pain is gone... the slight discomfort - I wouldn’t even really called pain - the slight discomfort is gone by later the day or by morning. So I am able to play golf at least twice a week but without any consequences at all. After strengthening those large muscles, the core muscles and my leg muscles, I’m able to drive the ball further than I did 20 years ago and strike the ball better than I have, probably than I ever have. And my game is starting to come back and I am enjoying it much more than I ever have. Regardless of whether you have back pain or not, if you'd want to be active in golf or tennis and you're not particularly strong in your core muscles, I think it would help anybody's lifestyle. When you play golf for a long time, many people develop conditions in the back, whether it's in the muscles, or whether it's a joint pain, arthritis in the spine or something like that. The stronger those core muscles are, the longer you’re going to be able to play pain-free golf. It’s simple as that. I would recommend it to golfers, tennis players or anyone who is reaching middle age and starting to feel the aches and pains that we're all going to feel when we get there."
4 YEARS LATER
The 25 year history of a painful back.
As you may have seen in my video, about 25 years ago I felt a sharp and severe pain in my lower back. After an MRI the
problem was diagnosed as a herniated disc in the between L-5 and L-6. I was told this was a very common spot for this to happen and that medication, some rest and possibly some physical therapy would help. The conservative orthopedic surgeon was hesitant to operate citing my level of pain and my ability to still get around. The medication helped and despite occasional flare-ups all was well until about 10 years later when I felt an intense pain while doing strenuous work and this time the MRI showed that the disc was " obliterated" and there was nerve impingement between the vertebrae. The Doctor's words not mine. The initial sharp pain subsided but I was left with a lower back of which I had to be extremely careful No lifting, no golf, poor sleep and even standing for more than 20 minutes was painful. Cortisone injections and orally helped but that is a powerful medication and has dangerous side effects and can be used only to a limited extent.
I put up with this impairment for about 15 years- sometimes better sometimes worse. In 2008 I met Ian Hart and Bojan Mladenovic (creators of Relief4Life) at EarthFIT a new gym and fitness center in the neighborhood. On a whim I took my doctor's report and MRI finding to them to see if they might have a program that could help. Bojan said "I can help you" I was very skeptical since nothing I had tried had worked but decided to give it a try. They put me on the Back Pain Relief4Life program right away. To my surprise I felt improvement in a few weeks. I have continued with this program for four years and it has continued to improve the back pain. Has my back pain gone? No and it never will. But the improvement has been significant and my quality of life is greatly improved. I golf, play tennis, garden, remodel homes and best of all I now sleep much better. In addition to my back improvement I am now much stronger... My doctor commented that my life style is keeping me healthy and that I was in much better shape than most 66 year olds.
Thank you Back Pain Relief4Life! Jay Burner Beaufort, SC