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A Truce for the Back biting!!!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:55 am
by PeteD
Good day to you all! First of all id like to thank Dean for a refreashing approach to back care!!!

This is more of a call for opinions than just my opinion! Chiropractors!!! Dont know what theyre like in the USA but the ones i have seen in the UK have been good. I do worry like you sayt they could cause more damage...

The one i saw for the last five years really kept me going....saw him about 3- 5 times a year (when required!).... Carried on going to gym and all was well

Started to get persistant thoracic pain so paid for MRI and found out i have mininmal bulging discs in the thoracic refereed pain or anything.... But as dean says we all have minor defects right (im 36)

only thing that has helped has been chiro....
He totally agrees on doing your training ............... but a little help at the beginning may help me to ge going! I realise self care is the way to go...

I just hope some of the misforgivings of Chiros arent all true!!! Afterall the UK olympic team now have a Chiro!

Look forward to all your replys and thanks again Dean

PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:02 pm
by Steven
Hi Pete,

I think the problem with chiropratic is not that they're evil people, but that too many people are being led down the primrose path thinking chiropractic is actually doing something for their back. My experience is like Dean's, I went to a chiropractor for years and never improved at all. The few exercises he gave me to do had nothing to do with rebuilding my back. It wasn't until I found this website and started doing Dean's exercise program that I was actually able to put my back troubles behind me. (No pun intended.) :lol:

It's hard not to resent spending a very large amount of money and many years of my life suffering with a bad back and never having been told I could rebuild it in only a few short weeks.

Having said that, if the chiropractic does seem to be helping you in the beginning, then I would do it too. There is no reason that I can see that you couldn't rebuild your back and see a chiropractor occasionally. I do think you'll find that in a few weeks, you won't need the chiropractor anymore. And that is what really matters.

Let us know how it goes,

PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:37 pm
by Dean
Hi Pete,

I don't think of what we do here as back biting in the sense of "can't we all just get along..." because I feel that I personally have an obligation to inform other people if I know something is potentially harmful to them.

The forum gives everyone a chance to relate their own personal experiences whether positive or negative and - in that way - we as a group can keep each other informed. To ask people not to post about their negative experiences with "questionable" treatment options would be cutting off a valuable source of information from the group.


Thanks a lot Guys!!!

PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:05 am
by PeteD
Thanks a lot for your replies!!!! I guess recently i only visited Chiros for some kind of piece of mind... UK doctors know sweet FA about backs well the general ones you get to see dont!!! Its like i need to speak to someone who knew a little more than me!!! :) Well your be pleased to hear on your advice i have cancelled my next Chiro apoitment! I can hear the applauses from here!

One thing though can you put any more help/advice my way regarding thoracic spine! i started your chapter in treat your own neck on thoracic region. Just because my thoracic spine is painful i paid for an MRI which showed 'minimal bulges' at T7 and possibley T8. There is no real refered you think your exercises can help eliminate my pain and allow me to go back to sport safely!

PS i also am doing the ones for my lower back and neck as they hurt as well!!!

PS whats your take on Glucosimine, condroitin and MSM

And Thanks again


PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 6:17 pm
by Dean
Hi Pete,

I've had excellent feedback so far (over 2 years) from everyone who has taken the time to write to me about their results using my books. So I'm pretty confident that you'll be able to reverse any problems you're having with your back including the bulging discs as long as you stick with the exercises.

I'm sure the day will come when someone will write to me and tell me that it didn't work for them. That will be a very sad day, and I will probably be just as disappointed as they are. I know that my rebuilding philosophy can't possibly work for everyone. That a small percentage of people will simply have a back problem so serious that it is beyond rebuilding. But so far, if that has been the case, they haven't bothered to let me know.

As far as the Glucosimine, condroitin and MSM are concerned I really don't know much about them. I've heard of them and read a little both pro and con but I haven't really had the time to fully investigate.

I believe that once you are confident with the strength and flexibility of your back that there is no reason that you couldn't return to sports. Just ease back into it and be sure to warm up prior to training and especially competition.

I'll be looking forward to hearing how the rebuilding goes for you.