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Joint and back pain: Is exercise the answer?

by OsteoStrong l January 29, 2016

Although the well known benefits of exercise are undisputed, activities like exercise, yoga and stretching may not really be the silver bullet if you're one of the more than 100 Million American's who suffer from chronic and intermittent joint or back pain.

Although the well known benefits of exercise are undisputed, activities like exercise, yoga and stretching may not really be the silver bullet if you’re one of the more than 100 Million American’s who suffer from chronic and intermittent joint or back pain.

This article will help you understand some of the latest physiotherapy research that has come out of the National Health Service in the UK (NHS) sheds gives hope to those who think they’ve “tried everything”. Download the full NHS research report here

 “Our product/service works greats when used with a healthy diet and ______________. “

You guessed EXERCISE, right? It’s become such an integral part of marketing messages, that you can’t even escape an annual physical without your doctor giving advice delivered in the same way we hear it on TV and radio.

Don’t take me the wrong way, my wife and I like to exercise. In fact, most research says it’s great for the cardiovascular system, the regulation of hormones, and can slow the atrophy of bones and muscles after the age of thirty.

But, if you are like many people that have joint and back issues, you can probably trace these pains back to some exercise failure in your past. It’s the one thing you’ll be hard-pressed to find a research study on, and it’s such a big deal. The reason being is that chronic joint and back pain leads to a sedentary life-style. This is something you should really want to avoid!

You’ve probably read or heard about how bad a sedentary life-style can be. It’s really bad. Not moving can literally take years off of your life. But what are you to do if you have bad knees, hips, shoulders, sciatic nerve, herniated discs, degenerative discs, etc.?

Motivating yourself to exercise when you feel good is hard to do already. If simply moving around hurts you, the self-motivation hurdle gets even higher. If any of your aches and pains were caused by exercise, then you’ll pretty-much scratch that activity off your list. And, this is how the downward spiral begins…

A couple of exercise modalities try to address this issue: yoga, swimming, and low impact aerobic routines. These are fantastic and highly recommended especially if you fall into the vast joint and back pain population.

Moving is better than not moving, but pain is a great deterrent against non-required physical activity and a greater motivator to do something about it. After all it’s human nature to avoid pain and seek pleasure.

For many, even the low impact exercise options don’t do much to address the pain or the cause of it. Let’s face it, when you are experiencing chronic pain, you get worn down in a way that no one else can fully understand. You will likely explore options beyond the “exercise and a healthy diet” lifestyle options. They often include one of the following:

– Chiropractic care

– Medication

– Surgery

– Supplements

– Massages

Of the billions spent on options to stop joint and back pain, some can work, some don’t, and most are very costly, inconvenient and some are even a little scary.

There is some new research however, that’s starting to offer hope. The reason? It works in very unexpected ways. It’s called osteogenic loading. It’s a new kind of exercise that is simple to do, sweat-free and is almost a non-event because it only takes about 7-minutes once a week.

And it’s nothing close to anything else you may have tried in the past or even heard of.

Researchers are interested too and have completed some peer-reviewed clinical research (download the full NHS research paper here) which show that it increases bone density faster than medication for those with osteoporosis and also helps lower HbA1C (long term blood glucose) in Type II diabetics better than prescription drugs. But it’s the crazy joint and back pain testimonials that’s giving everyone even more pause. Here are a few we’ve heard:

– Many people canceling knee and hip replacement surgery

– Long term chronic back pain simply gone after 10 or so sessions

– Arthritis pain greatly reduced or eliminated

– Extremely poor posture and hunched backs reversed completely

We’re not making this up. These are actually real stories from people that swear by it. So what makes these exercises different? That’s the question on everyone’s mind.

First, you need to understand why the human body would react differently to one exercise over another. Basically, the human body has these not-so-well-known built-in natural adaptive response triggers that, when activated, build new healthy bone and muscle tissue.

The hard part is activating these triggers. Done improperly, and you’ll probably get hurt. The reason is because the muscular skeletal system needs to experience “impact level force” in order to “wake-up” these healthy tissue growth triggers. By impact level force, I mean at least 4 to 5 times your own body weight. Do the math, and you’ll probably agree that you haven’t willfully done that type of exercise before, nor would you even consider doing something like that to your body, ever. However, there is a clever young biomedical engineer by the name of John Jaquish, PhD who figured out a way to help the human body experience that level of force safely, without pain or injury. It’s true. There are people of all ages (between 8 to 98 years old) able to use his devices, and see results. His technology has been around for about 10 years, but because it works in such a simple, yet unusual way, it just now seems to be getting noticed.

Many places that have these devices offer a free-try to anyone who wants to see what the big deal is. One place is called OsteoStrong. They are growing fast and have dozens of locations across the US. We encourage you to do your own research, and if you’d like to try a session for free, just fill out the form below!