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Steve Lockhart

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May 09 Healthletter, Surgery for back pain
« on: May 24, 2009, 02:09:36 AM »
Everyone who has ever considered surgery for their back pain will most likely have been told it is something that should only be done as a last resort and I believe that is good advice. 

People can be excused for thinking it is a quick, simple option when they have spent copious amounts of time and money trying to find some relief with no success, but the downside should certainly be enough to put most people off the idea, or at least make them think twice.

Surgery on back pain is successful on around 50% of cases and your doctor wonít be able to tell you whether you will be one of the lucky ones or not. In fact most doctors will be far more optimistic of success than they can probably justifiably be

Have you ever heard of a surgeon checking with a patient 12 months, or even 2 years, after their surgery to find out how successful their operation was long term,

I get a fair number of emails asking me if SLM could help them and how it is different from all the other things they have tried. The answer I always give them is the same.

Whereas most treatments are aimed at relieving symptoms, an SLM treatment targets the cause of the pain. The big determining fact of success with the SLM treatment is how treatable a body, that is, how well it will respond to the changes that need to be made to the body to take pressure from the discs and nerves so the pain disappears.

Iíd say 90% or more of the people who are told they need surgery and have a good healthy body could be fixed by a skilled SLM therapist. Although doctors, and perhaps physiotherapists, chiropractors or osteopaths wouldnít see it that way and there are reasons for that.

Most conventional medical practitioners treat symptoms and so when they see pressure on a nerve by a bulging or herniated disc they canít see anyway to change that without surgery. The way an SLM practitioner sees it is that the bodyís muscle imbalances are creating a conflict whereby the muscles on one side of the body are influencing the pelvis and spine differently to the muscles on the other side. Because people stand on a level ground carrying the weight of gravity around whenever they are upright, this imbalance causes pressure to build up on the vertebrae, discs and nerves and that is what triggers pain.

The SLM Practitioner doesnít focus on that symptom, but rather attempts to put the body back into balance so that there is no longer any pressure on the vertebrae, disc or nerve and the pain is switched off. This is very successful when the job is done properly but it does come back to how easy it is for the body to be put back into balance.

Personally I have had success with this many times even on cases where the disc has ruptured and the damage is so severe surgery is seen by specialist doctors as the only option.

The SLM Self Treatment Program for back pain and Sciatica sufferers shows people all the different ways a person can work on their own body to achieve this result either using this program on its own of with the assistance of an experienced practitioner. But it does require a responsive muscle system and if that doesnít already exist, it can take a person some time to get that in place.

If you would like to understand this process more fully, have a closer look at the self treatment program. If you are one of the minority whose body has deteriorated to the point where making the necessary changes is too difficult then you might just have to take your chances with surgery. Your likelihood of success, at least in the short term, will be much greater if you donít have a twist or tilt in your pelvis.


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Re: May 09 Healthletter, Surgery for back pain
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2009, 11:49:57 PM »
Hi Steve

I can't contribute to this topic as I have not had back surgery and there is no prospect of doing so. My backache is far from severe, and only occasional.  Two episodes of sciatica make me keen to avoid further attacks, or able to cope if one comes. This is the reason for participating in your program.

Regards    Ray Keall

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Re: May 09 Healthletter, Surgery for back pain
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009, 02:01:37 PM »
Steve, I had discetomy surgery 11 weeks ago after trying all sorts of treatment including massage therapy from one of your SLM therapists in Sydney.  I must say that the surgery provided significant relief.  Before surgery I was unable to stand, roll in bed, walk without debilitating pain. I am now able to do all these things comfortably.  The only issue I have is that my sicatic nerve does not seem to have settled down. I still have a little stiffness behind me knee and around my calf.  I also get very slight twitches randomly around my buttock and lower back.  I have had physio treatment for the last five weeks and also stretching exercises along with core strenthening exercises. I am now considering seeing the SLM therapist I was consulting before surgery.  Your thoughts?

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Re: May 09 Healthletter, Surgery for back pain
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009, 02:13:45 PM »
All the coventional treatments including the surgery are treating the symptoms and you need to address the cause as well. The difference with SLM when done well, is it will rebalance the body and take the cause of the pressure going to the disc or nerve. It sounds like you haven't done that yet.

The therapists all do the same training but some end up better at it than others as with everything else in life. Hopefully you will be able to see one who has had time to develop their skills and can do the job you need.

Good luck,
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Steve

 

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