Unlike most teenagers I had a constant worry hanging over me. Not all of the time, but for a good majority of it I had significant back pain and sciatic pain down my left leg.
At 18 years old, I was working a physical job and the pain I experienced in my lower back was hindering every part of my life.
I had been a martial arts fanatic from a young age. From years of full contact martial arts and competing at a national level, I had been left with – what I later discovered in my thirties – significant lumbar spine disc bulges.
I saw my GP in my early 20s, who said my back pain was purely ‘growing pains’.
I saw a physio who massaged my lower back and gave me stretches to do, but they had very little impact and after a week the discomfort simply returned.
I then saw a local osteopath, who proceeded to crack most of my spinal facet joints, but again after a week or so the pain simply came back.
I then resolved that this was it, I was stuck with pain in my back and was unable to get rid of it. Not a tremendously inspiring thought for a now mid 20-year-old still working a physically demanding job.
My friends and family would always ask me “how’s your back?” and I hated it – I didn’t want to be known for my ’bad back’, and although I was physically strong- I was only as strong as my back felt on that particular day.
Many times I had older family members and work colleagues do some lifting for me, as my back was in ‘lock down’ – something that always knocked my self-confidence.
In my late 20s I felt that I wanted to change careers and train as a personal trainer. So, I qualified and early into my career I noticed that I was getting a lot of clients with pain like mine.
I researched for over a year and found someone ‘down south’ called a C.H.E.K Practitioner. They had some amazing testimonials from back pain clients, so I booked in for a 3-hour assessment and completed the various online questionnaires they assigned me.
The C.H.E.K Practitioner found that the low back pain I was experiencing was, in fact, 2-3 lumbar disc issues. They also discovered that I had IBS – I didn’t have a clue what that was and I assumed loose stools were normal.
After around two months of following their exercise rehabilitation programme and changing my diet, I no longer had loose stools AND my 15+ years of back pain ended! It was a gradual recovery, but I can’t explain the joy I felt over not having back pain.
From then on, I focused my efforts on helping clients with back pain. I studied to become a C.H.E.K Practitioner, which took five years, and I have been working with clients suffering with long-term back pain ever since.
If you are reading this having never experienced any on-going lower back pain, I can tell you that it really does impact most parts of your life. Every decision you make is on how your back feels and thinking: “What if my back goes into a spasm?” If you have friends or family currently suffering then they should read this story and know that something can be done.
If the NHS or private medical clinics have ‘done all they can’ and are now talking about seeking ‘pain management’ or counselling, I strongly urge you to get in touch. I will gladly listen to you and understand a little more about your particular back pain issue.
In the last 15 years, my team and I have managed to help restore 1000s of people’s vitality and lives. We have not been able to help just two patients: both of whom did not want to take responsibility for their part in our back pain system of rehabilitation.
If you’ve had back pain for more than a few months then chances of it going away ‘all by itself’ are slim!
Quick fix treatments rarely yield long term results and I have seen this first hand over and over again. The only way to fully recover from chronic long-term back pain is with a structured system and with a commitment to that system. BUT, you can recover from this debilitating condition.
Want help to become free from back pain? Get in touch and we can talk about the next steps forward.