On the right track (Begin with the End in Mind)

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On the right track (Begin with the End in Mind)

Postby Mike_Ale » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:35 pm

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Begin with the End in Mind
I always like to start with the end point of my specific goal in mind, and then work backwards to plan out my training program. That way, I'll know exactly what I need to do to reach my goal, keeping me motivated and moving forward. For example, if I want to be able to run a marathon in 16 weeks, then in eight weeks my training program should build up to doing a half marathon, and in four weeks I should be able to do a 10K.

With that being said, I have been doing the lower back exercises from your book (the rebuild your back book) since July of 2012. I should mention that I was diagnosed with a herniated/bulge disc in L4-L5, L5-S1 due to a car pedestrian accident 3 years ago. Of course, I took the normal route: doctor, pain pills, more doctor, more pain pills, physical therapist, specialists, good pains pills and then a MRI. I refused surgery and epidural injections. This was the point I started doing major research on what to do and I stumbled upon your website by accident in May of 2012. I decided to give it a try. I am currently doing the advanced stretching, mobilization, decompression (daily - once a day) and the strengthening (once a day on Mon, Wed & Fri) My pain level has gone down from 8-9 out of 10 to 4-5 (feeling better every day) in just a little over than 6 months. So, I know I am on the right track and it is being treated properly, keep in mind that I am doing everything gently and relaxed without any straining at all.

I should also mention that I had to modify some of the exercises to meet my specific situation. I have set a long term goal and I believe I will beat this thing no matter what.

[Edit] could you please let me know how long it took your back to fully recover. As I mentioned above, I always like to start with the end point of my specific goal in mind. Finally, I just like to say thank you for the rebuild your back book, and you are an inspiration to me.


Your response would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.


Sincerely,

Mike

[Reasons for editing: It's best to address questions to everyone, rather than to me. For example, my back problem was totally different than the OP's symptoms and took less than two months at the most to correct. (I didn't keep track at the time because I had no idea anyone would ever ask me. I had no idea I would go on to write a book, let alone create a website.) - Dean]
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Postby Dean » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:03 pm

Less than two months, I think.

On a side note:
Again I have to ask everyone to please not address questions to me. I read all posts, but there just isn't time to answer them these days. Most of the questions I get asked have actually been answered in the books or articles here on the site. You would get faster answers just by reading what I've already written.

Thanks for understanding.
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Postby Mike_Ale » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:26 pm

Dean wrote:Less than two months, I think.

On a side note:
Again I have to ask everyone to please not address questions to me. I read all posts, but there just isn't time to answer them these days. Most of the questions I get asked have actually been answered in the books or articles here on the site. You would get faster answers just by reading what I've already written.

Thanks for understanding.


You are welcome! And thank you for getting back to me as well.
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