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Low back pain

Case 1: This 59 year-old woman had post-polio with over twenty years of chronic low back pain. She suffered neurological damage from polio during childhood, and consequently developed a radical limp, as her legs were different lengths. She was prone to falling without warning, and walked with the aid of poles. She had settled into a pattern of seeing a chiropractor every six weeks, enduring chronic pain between visits.

In her first session, the muscles of her legs and midsection rested deeply, after years of exhaustion. While she experienced pain relief, she did not have a decisive discharge. This is often the case after many years of chronic low back pain; the body needs to focus on rest in the first session. A week later, when she was energized and stronger, her second session was more active, with pain discharge aided by soft kicking of one leg. I also taught her the Arneson Method midsection stabilization exercise for low back strength.

When questioned three months later, she reported that her low back problem was gone. She had exercised daily, in comfort, and also used the stabilizing exercise regularly. She felt much more stable on her feet and, for the first time in over twenty years, was able to run short distances.

Despite lifelong deformity, this subject followed the Arneson Method’s average, two-session pattern to lasting relief from low back pain. Evidently, with the back muscles relaxed and the midsection stabilized to minimize strain on the low back, there is no reason for the low back to experience further pain. Minor aches can be remedied at home with the stabilization exercise, until the exercise is no longer needed. When pain sufferers have a severe injury, such as a herniated disc, the same conditions of relaxation plus stability are required for healing of the tissue damage. Discharge of injury memory ensures deep relaxation.

Case 2: This 66 year-old man had chronic low back and hip pain following several motorcycle and car accidents over twenty years before. His chronic pain continued after four low back surgeries. He had attempted a number of pain relief methods with little relief.

In his first session, deep exhaustion became apparent, requiring that he mainly rest. The first session afforded him much pain relief, but little discharge of low back injury memory. A week later, his second session was more active, as he was then energized and stronger. His low back yielded several distinct discharges. I then taught him the stabilization exercise. Several months later, he reported that his condition was still vastly improved. He may have benefited from a third session, but the distance to my office was prohibitive and he was satisfied with his results.

This subject said that, over the years, he had seen as many as twenty physical therapists, but only one of them taught him an exercise similar to mine. However, that PT’s exercise was standardized, with no attention to subjective experience. The Arneson Method stabilization exercise is guided strictly by the subject’s experience of comfort and relief, which clearly improves the effect.