following is an excerpt from
Recovery from Back and Neck Pain:
A Nine-Step Recovery Plan
recovery from back and neck pain?! Sounds too good to be possible. But it is. I
know, because I have experienced this phenomenon firsthand. After months of
suffering from chronic pain in my back, neck, legs, knees, arms, and hands, and
total disability—after months of going from one doctor to another with no cure
in sight—I was able to recover within four days to live an active and
productive life. Others with recurrent or chronic pain have also experienced
this rapid recovery following the proven techniques described in this book.
book provides you with the scientific research on the cause of most back, neck,
and hand pain and shows how you can get rid of the pain quickly and easily.
Those who have attended my seminars
on rapid recovery from chronic pain and have applied these techniques have
noticed significant improvements within a few hours to a few days, and complete
recovery shortly afterward.
A healthy dose of skepticism is a good thing. I am very scientific-minded and
skeptical myself. When I’m presented with new ideas and new possibilities,
though, I do my best to keep an open mind—especially when it comes to my
health. I ask you to do the same. Question what you read, but be open to new
possibilities. The only way you are ever going to get well is to take charge of
this debilitating condition, by learning all you can about it and being willing
to take action. Indeed, knowledge is power!
you suffer from chronic or recurrent back, neck, or hand pain, you know how
difficult it can be to find a cure. If you are frustrated, as I was, by the
ineffective treatments you have received and want to live a pain-free life
again, this book will show you how. It takes you along on my search, like a
detective’s, for clues to solve the mystery of my back pain—a mystery
because back pain baffles even doctors and surgeons who specialize in treating
it. The frustrated patients of these back pain specialists, instead of getting
answers or effective treatment, may hear: “Well, that’s how back pain is!”
Or worse: “You just have to learn to live with it.”
contrast, this book will tell you about the revolutionary discovery and
treatment program from New York University and give you a nine-step rapid
recovery plan made up of easy yet highly effective techniques used by Olympic
HOW YOU WILL BENEFIT
can the concepts and techniques presented in this book help you? To put it
simply, if you follow the rapid recovery plan presented here, you can expect to
benefit in the following ways:
You can become pain-free, as you learn
how to eliminate chronic pain quickly and easily.
You can become more active and
productive, as you live free of the limitations brought on by chronic pain.
You can become much healthier, because
following this plan leads to many other improvements in your health as well.
You will be much happier, not just as
you become healthier, but also as you learn many new skills that can make a
tremendous difference in all aspects of your life.
of these benefits emerge within a few days—even within a few hours—if you
follow the concepts and techniques explained here. These techniques are so
effective that you may notice improvements in your level of mobility and pain
even before you finish this book. I have seen this phenomenon in those with whom
I have had the privilege of sharing this information.
might be asking yourself, “How can people who have suffered months and years
of chronic pain, who have probably tried all kinds of treatments with little
success, recover so quickly?” I
will answer this question in some detail in the next few pages and in depth in
this book. I understand if you are skeptical. But keep an open mind; read and
evaluate what you read carefully. I will provide you the scientific research and
proven techniques every step of the way.
keep in mind that I have been there: in pain, night and day—pain in my back,
neck, legs, knees, arms, and hands. I was so disabled that I could not climb
three steps or write two lines, and I wondered whether I would ever be free of
pain again. But I recovered rapidly and completely and now help others by
teaching these techniques in my seminars and workshops.
my own recovery, over and over again I have seen men and women who had been told
that their conditions were permanent, or that they had to have surgery, improve
overnight and recover within a few days following these techniques. Among them
is a forty-year-old who is a Stanford graduate in electrical engineering and a
professor at the University of California. He suffered from neck pain and
numbness in his right arm and fingers. The neurosurgeon had recommended neck
surgery for a bulging disc, based on the MRI findings. But once the professor
learned the concepts and techniques presented in this book, he recovered quickly
and avoided surgery.
then there was the facility manager who was diagnosed with carpal tunnel
syndrome in both hands. Surgery on his right wrist had done little to improve
his condition. Following only two of the steps in the nine-step recovery plan
helped him improve overnight and recover within a few days. He cancelled the
surgery for his left wrist and has been free of pain for more than three years.
There are many others, and you can read the letters they sent me in Appendix B.
FACTS KEPT SECRET!
you have read the back-pain literature, you have probably come across the
Eight out of ten adults suffer from
back pain at some point in their lives.
Back problems are second only to sore
throat as this nation's most common ailment.
Nineteen million doctor visits are made
for back pain annually.
Eight million new cases of back pain
occur every year.
Back pain is the leading cause of
I searched the medical literature for information on back pain, however, I
discovered some very amazing statistics—statistics rarely found in books on
back pain and usually not mentioned by back specialists. Did you know the
following surprising facts?
“Surgery has been found to be helpful
in only 1 in 100 cases of low back pain. In some people, surgery can even cause
more problems.” So concluded the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research of
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after conducting a
comprehensive study of more than 10,000 cases of back pain.
Even though I knew back surgery was not a very effective treatment for
most people, I was a little shocked to learn that 99 percent of the time it
fails to help patients.
acetate [cortisone] into the facet joints is of little value in the treatment of
patients with chronic low back pain.” This was the conclusion of a study
published in The New England Journal of
Researchers found no significant improvement in patients who received a
cortisone shot compared to those who were given a shot of saline solution (salt
water) in their facet joints or herniated discs!
“Treatments [for whiplash-associated
disorders] evaluated in a rigorous manner show little or no evidence of
efficacy.” This finding was the
result of an exhaustive study conducted at McGill University. Researchers found treatments ranging from neck collar to traction to be
of little or no value. 
though these surprising facts have appeared in some of the most authoritative
and prestigious medical journals, you will not learn this crucial information
from most back and neck specialists, inside or outside the medical profession.
Indeed, these treatments are used so widely that you may be shocked to learn
that they don’t work! So take a minute to read over these conclusions of
respected medical experts again, to empower yourself to make better decisions
regarding your treatment options and avoid ineffective surgeries and shots.
is it that conventional treatments fail to cure back and neck pain? Because, as The New England Journal of Medicine puts it, “Up to 85 percent of
patients with low back pain cannot be given a definitive diagnosis.”
That’s right—up to 85 percent!
No wonder most of these treatments fail. As the saying goes, “Correct
diagnosis is half the cure!” Without the right diagnosis, how can we expect an
effective treatment? As you will
see in this section, according to the published scientific research most of the
common diagnoses for chronic back pain are unfounded.
can already see that this book is unique in its approach to back pain. The
crucial valuable information set out here results from years of research into
the causes and treatments for back, neck, and hand pain. This is information
that you can use immediately and benefit from for the rest of your life. At the
very least, because of what you have learned so far, you can avoid useless,
faddish treatments that actually may do more harm than good.
possibility that treatments for back pain may actually create additional
problems was addressed in a revealing article, “Fads in the Treatment of Low
Back Pain,” published in the prestigious The
New England Journal of Medicine. Dr.
Richard Deyo wrote: “Recent clinical trials have challenged the efficacy of
many popular treatments, including bed rest, traction, and transcutaneous
electrical nerve stimulation. Such fads are not innocuous; they may lead to
unnecessary morbidity and costs, as well as to embarrassment for
my aim in this book is not simply to help you avoid useless treatments. In
addition, the book provides you with empowering concepts and effective
techniques for a rapid and complete recovery. Just imagine being free of pain:
moving freely without pain as your guide; sitting and sleeping comfortably;
feeling young and healthy again. These are some of the many wonderful benefits I
have enjoyed since my rapid recovery, and I believe you will too.