Jesse Connone, of The Healthy Back Institute, Shares Why Back Pain Occurs

Saturday, August 16, 2008 by: Kevin Gianni
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(NaturalNews) This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's Fountain of Youth Summit, which can be found at ( . In this excerpt, Jesse Connone discusses the biggest mistake people with back pain make.

The Fountain of Youth World Summit with Jesse Connone, personal trainer and co-founder of the Healthy Back Institute.

Kevin: Let's start with, you know, how you started the healthy back pain institute? Let's talk about what you had to go through and why you are here today?

Jesse: Sure. I have spent 7 or 8 years working as a personal trainer as you know, working with clients one on one. Over the years I had noticed there is this reoccurring theme. So many of the people that I work with had injuries that we had to work around and the most common one was back pain, various forms of back and neck pain. And so you know in the 7 or 8 years that I did personal training I got very experienced working with people with these types of conditions like back pain and almost all of the time my clients got better relief from my fitness training than they did their treatments with their doctor.

Kevin: O.k.

Jesse: And so like I said I got really good at helping people identify the root cause of what was going on, you know, why was their body giving them trouble? Why was their pain happening? And so on. Finally it just kind of clicked and like "oh this is it, this is what I really enjoy doing the most". This is what I am the best at and so I, along with a friend, created again what is called The Healthy Back Institute and you can find us online at ( and as you mentioned our number one focus and mission is to help people with various forms of back pain. And so we have everything from highly active discussion forums on our website where people can communicate, ask questions. We have all kinds of people from all over the world helping each other; sharing their experiences and so on. We have articles, books, videos, audios. We even just recently started offering a one on one treatment package.

Kevin: Oh, Very cool!

Jesse: Yes, so basically the focus is to help people with back pain because so many people that have back pain, sciatica, neck pain so on, the treatment that they are getting usually doesn't work or if they do work it's usually temporary. And we can talk about why that is in a moment but the fact is most people who have back pain have it for years and years and years. And actually I can share with you an interesting statistic.

Kevin: Sure

Jesse: We did this survey recently of our customers and that's over 40,000 customers and in the survey we found that 65% of the people who responded to the survey had had back pain for more than a year.

Kevin: Wow

Jesse: And when you break it down we had under a year, for one to two years, 2 to 4 years, 4 to 6, 6 to 10. There was actually over 25% of these people who had back pain over 10 years. So it's a massive problem. And for most people it's a reoccurring problem. It's not something that you get once and it goes away forever. It typically comes back and we will talk about why it comes back later on in this call but it just goes to show you and as any person with back pain will probably agree the treatments that are available typically just don't work, like I said they don't deliver lasting relief. They may deliver the temporary relief, the pain may go away for a couple of weeks or a couple of months even but it's going to come back and usually it comes back worse than it did before.

Kevin: Right! What are some of the mistakes that people make with back pain? What are some of the things that they assume is going to happen? Why don't we get into... I know you have the list of mistakes that you have identified as things that happened to the general population who are in pain. What are some of those?

Jesse: Sure There are 7 key mistakes that we have identified again in working with 40,000 people. One of the things that really has helped us is we don't just sell products to help
people. We actually work with people personally so if you buy a product from us you may do the program on your own but you actually talk to us on the phone personally.

Kevin: Oh wow that's great. You have an intimate knowledge of what they have been doing.

Jesse: Right yeah, very much though. I see all kinds of people. I get their pictures of them standing in their underwear. So we can analyze their posture. And their muscle balances.

Kevin: Sure!

Jesse: And so we call this basically personal support and we work really closely with all these people. One of the things that I found was a set of 7 key mistakes that people make. We are not going to make a call through all of them in detail but I will go through some of the bigger ones that I think present a larger problem for people. And the first one is not dealing with the problem the first time, like I mentioned a few moments ago.

Most people who have back pain have it for a longer period of time. And it comes and goes. And one of the reasons that is the case is because what happens is, you know somebody wakes up one morning and boom their back is soar. Or they are outside shoveling snow. And all of sudden they say, "my back went out. I threw my back out". Or "I picked up a box..." whatever the case may be, all of sudden they have this case of back pain. Typically what most people do is they rest a little bit. They might take up over-the-counter pain killers like Tylenol, Advil things like that whatever. If it is bad enough, they will go their doctors. They'll get a prescription strength drug usually within a couple of days or at most a couple of weeks. Most initial cases of back pain will go away.

You can do minor things to kind of adjust the symptoms like take rest and take medications. The problem is that there was something that caused your back pain flair up to happen. And unless you take the time right then and there to figure out what that is, what's going on with your body, "Why did this happen to me?", unless you take the time to do that, which 99% of people don't (again they let the pain go away on its own), then it is going to come back later. And again like I said earlier, it's almost certain it will come back again worse than the first case. Most people say it usually takes two to four months for the pain to come back. So that mistake is usually, again, not dealing with it the first time. Through the first incident what I mean by it is specifically finding out the exact cause of pain. And not just the cause as in offense of the condition -- somebody might have back pain and go to a doctor and get diagnosed with a herniated disc. And so they think the cause of the pain is the herniated disc.

Kevin: O.k.

Jesse: That's the condition. But you have to go deeper than that, you have to go and say, "and this herniated disk is causing the pain. Why do I have the herniated disk?" It doesn't happen for no reason. You know there is a reason and there is a cause there. And unlike most people are led to believe. Primarily by misinformation put up by doctors or just lack of information put up by doctors. You know the herniated disc, this just doesn't happen just out of the blue. Like most people are again led to believe. It's something that is building up over the time. It's just like you don't have a blow out or tire on your car driving down the highway, it's a relatively new tire or it's in good condition. This doesn't happen. You know when you wear down the tire, you are driving down the tire with not enough thread. Your tires were worn down unevenly because your steering is out of alignment and then you have a blowout. But just because the incident happens that day, It doesn't mean that it hasn't been building up for a long time.

Kevin: That's a fantastic analogy.

Jesse: So again going back to the main point here is the first mistake is not dealing with this the first time it happens.

Kevin: I see pictures that my chiropractor has shown me about stage one, stage two, stage
three; maybe you can explain what happens when pain actually occurs.

Jesse: Sure! There is couple of reasons you can feel pain. As far as back pain in sciatica goes. One is muscular pain so you can damage muscle tissue, you know you can strain some muscles. You can have sore and achy muscles. For instance, a lot of people type and that leads to soar back muscles and that is because their body is out of whack. Their body is out of balance and their body is kind of thrown off. And these certain muscles, in this case certain muscles of the lower back which run up and down the spine, these muscles are constantly being overworked. So instead of getting out to work and relaxing like other muscles, these muscles have constant tension on them because the body is pulling them constantly where if the spine and pelvis were almost in the neutral position. You know there wouldn't be a constant tension. So there is this muscular aspect of back pain. Then there is nerve related pain where a disc could be putting pressure on the nerve. A bone or one of the vertebrae could be putting pressure on nerves. A narrowing of the spinal canal could be putting pressure on the nerve.

Kevin: Right!

Jesse: So you always have to keep that in mind, the number one thing to focus on is getting to the bottom of it and finding out what the root cause is. And so these physical dysfunctions, again your body being pulled out of whack and forced to function a certain way, it is caused by the balances in muscles. Primarily there are several other minor things that contribute as well. But the number one factor is muscle balance. And basically what that means is if you have two opposing muscle groups, let's say the front of your thighs and back of your thighs (Corte subs and Hamstrings), these are two opposing muscle groups; if those muscle groups are not "Balanced" (that doesn't mean balanced in strength, like if you could do 50 pounds on the leg extension and 30 pounds on the leg curl, that doesn't mean you are out of balance) but out of balance is the same point as in how much they are pulling on the joint of those muscles.

To read the rest of this transcript as well as access more information by health experts on abundance, optimum health, and longevity just like Jesse Connone, please visit ( .

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