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The Back Pain Liberation Podcast is all about self help for bad backs. I talk to expert guests on subjects like Pilates, myofascial release, how to fix a thrown out back, and much more on the best exercises and stretching techniques for back pain. Find out about successful self-help strategies to get rid of back pain with improved posture, proper relaxation and positive focus. www.backpainliberation.com for a healthy back.

Back Pain Liberation with Iain Barker Back Pain Liberation with Iain Barker

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The Back Pain Liberation Podcast is all about self help for bad backs. I talk to expert guests on subjects like Pilates, myofascial release, how to fix a thrown out back, and much more on the best exercises and stretching techniques for back pain. Find out about successful self-help strategies to get rid of back pain with improved posture, proper relaxation and positive focus. www.backpainliberation.com for a healthy back.

    Muscle Knots with Christine Koth

    Muscle Knots with Christine Koth

    Muscle Knots with Christine Koth

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    This is the second part of the interview with Christine, physical therapist and author of Tight Hip, Twisted Core: The Key to Unresolved Pain.



    Today we're talking about muscle knots. Christine tells us:



    “Tight actually means that either the muscle will not lengthen to its proper length;it's unable to fully lengthen (usually because the brain tells it not to) or there's actual contraction inside the muscle itself, a part of the muscle that's contracted. We would commonly call that a muscle knot, a section of the muscle that is not letting go.”



    You'll learn the causes of muscle tightness and the best way to treat tight muscles.



    Anterior Pelvic Tilt Test

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    You'll discover the significance of anterior pelvic tilt when you have chronic back pain. As well as how to test yourself to find out if your pelvis has an anterior tilt.



    Pregnancy Back Pain

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    On the opposite end of the spectrum from muscle tightness you'll find out how hypermobility can lead to joint instability and back problems and how it's linked to back pain during pregnancy.



    Stay tuned for the for all that good stuff and more.



    Quote of the Day

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    Which Canadian poet, writer and filmmaker. Recipient of multiple literary awards including the Booker Prize, said:



    “We all have an old knot in the heart we wish to untie.”



    Answer at the end of todays show.



    Thanks for joining me for episode 42 of the Back Pain Liberation Podcast.



    My name is iain Barker, here to help you find your way out of chronic back pain.



    Find all the links for today's episode in the show notes at www.backpainliberation.com/episode42



    Music courtesy: Jahzzar www.betterwithmusic.com/

    • 40 min
    Iliacus Dysfunction and Pain [Book Giveaway]

    Iliacus Dysfunction and Pain [Book Giveaway]

    Tightness in the iliacus is is something that a lot of people have...it's not being addressed



    Iliacus Dysfunction and Pain With Christine Koth

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    In today's epsiode, we're talking about the iliacus, the lesser known relation of the psoas. Together these 2 muscles make up an important hip flexor composite muscle known as the iliopsoas.



    Tight hip flexors, particularly a tight psoas, are often considered responsible for back pain.



    In her 20+ years of hands-on experience, Christine found that the illiacus was also a common source of dysfunction and pain. It just didn't receive anything like the same attention as it's big brother the psoas.



    In this episode, you'll learn how she developed release techniques specific to the iliacus that are central to her therapy practice.



    And You'll discover how Christine found ways for her clients to do these release techniques on themselves when she moved away to another state and wouldn't be able to treat them any more.



    Tight Hip, Twisted Core: The Key To Unresolved Pain

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    In her book, Christine explains how iliacus dysfunction is often overlooked as the cause of chronic pain conditions, including back pain.



    And, of course, what we can do to address the issue to release the excess tension, relieve the pain and restore function.



    For your chance to win your very own copy just enter the giveaway at



    www.backpainliberation.com/episode41/



    Quote of the Day

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    Which musician, DJ and producer who made an award - winning music video featuring a solo dance performance by Christopher Walken said



    'I make music for the hips, not the head'



    Answer at the end of todays show



    Thanks for Listening

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    Thanks for joining me for episode 41 of the Back Pain Liberation Podcast.



    More from author of Tight Hip Twisted Core and inventor of the ‘Hip Hook’, Christine Koth



    If you find the show helpful don’t forget to rate, review and share with anyone else you know who has back problems.



    All the best



    Iain

    • 30 min
    What to Do If Your Doctor Doesn't Listen to You

    What to Do If Your Doctor Doesn't Listen to You

    What to Do If Your Doctor Doesn't Listen to You



    You don't have to put up with a doctor who doesn't listen or doesn't believe what you say.



    It's usually straightforward to change doctors.



    In this, the third and final instalment from Amy Orr we talk about what to do if your doctor doesn't listen to you.



    This can be a real problem for people with chronic pain conditions.



    Amy has some very down-to-earth and practical advice for you if you find yourself in this situation.



    “You definitely don't have to just sit with a person who doesn't believe you or doesn't trust you or is telling you that your experience is false”



    It's usually difficult to pin down the exact cause of chronic back pain.



    In the absence of an easily identifiable illness or injury, you may find that your doctor is rather dissmissive and doesn't really listen to you.



    Many people get the feeling that their doctor just doesn't believe them especially in the wake of the Opioid Crisis.



    These days, doctors have to follow strict guidelines to prevent the misuse of pain relief medication.



    While long term use of painkillers is best avoided if at all possible, this shouldn't lead to a breakdown of trust between you and your doctor.



    When you are suffering chronic pain, a good relationship with your GP or consultant is essential.



    Stay tuned to find out what to do if you are not getting the support you want from your doctor.



    How to Retrain Your Nervous System



    Also in today's episode we talk about how to retrain your nervous system to shift your attention away from pain and towards more pleasant feelings and associations.



    Amy says that “Maintaining positive stimuli helps reduce pain. So it's teaching your body that things can feel good.”



    Quote of the Day



    Which Nobel Prize winning author who saw combat in both world wars said



    “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”



    Hear the answer at the end of today's show



    Show notes at www.backpainliberation.com/episode40



    Music courtesy: Jahzzar www.betterwithmusic.com/



    Photos by National Cancer Institute and David Pennington on Unsplash



    This content is for your information only. Consult your own doctor for medical advice.



    Any guests express their own views and no endorsement by the Back Pain Liberation Podcast is implied.

    • 44 min
    The Pain Cycle [Tension & Anxiety]

    The Pain Cycle [Tension & Anxiety]

    The pain cycle has both physical and psychological elements.



    Chronic pain and bodily vulnerablity cause anxiety, fear and anger. Anxiety, fear and anger will in turn cause physical tension, restriction and pain.



    Breaking this pain cycle is an essential part of self care for chronic pain.



    Hello and welcome to episode 39 of the BPLP.



    I'm Iain Barker, here to help you find your way out of chronic back pain.



    “I can't think of much that's more frightening than not being able to trust your own body. That's that's just scary and not being able to sort of predict what it's going to do or how you're going to hurt on any given day. Or if something small like I don't know, picking up something off the floor will suddenly throw your back out. That's not going to keep you calm. Having that in the back of your mind.”



    So says Amy Orr author of:



    'Taming Chronic Pain: A Management Guide for a More Enjoyable Life.'



    I had a really interesting chat with Amy - and she shared her top tips for chronic pain management.



    In this, the second episode from her inteview, we talk about the pain cycle; with anxiety, fear and anger causing tension that feeds the pain which in turn causes more negative emotion and so on, in an endless loop.



    Also how chronic pain affects cognitive ability. As if your back pain wasn't enough you may also be getting some brain fog into the bargain.



    So more great advice on dealing with these issues and a whole lot of other useful stuff besides.



    Quote of the day one more time - which comedian said:



    “When you find yourself on a vicious cycle, for goodness sakes, stop pedalling!”



    Answer at the end of the show.



    Show notes at www.backpainliberation.com/episode39



    Music courtesy: Jahzzar www.betterwithmusic.com/



    Photo by Reid Zura on Unsplash



    This website is for your information only. Consult your own doctor for medical advice.



    Any guests express their own views and no endorsement  by the Back Pain Liberation Podcast is implied.

    • 42 min
    Taming Chronic Pain with Amy Orr [Book Giveaway]

    Taming Chronic Pain with Amy Orr [Book Giveaway]

    Don't passively rely on your doctor to manage your health care.



    Instead, you should do your own research and find what works for you.



    This is the message from todays guest, Amy Orr.



    “There's just such a breadth of tools and therapies and other people's stories and other people's clever solutions to things that, you just have to read a lot and do a lot of research” -Amy Orr



    Amy is what you might call a chronic pain survivor, suffering from back problems since early childhood, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.



    She has distilled everything she's learned over the years, about, amongst other things:



    Getting the best out of different health care systems

    Your own mental game

    How to handle other people, their expectations and attitude towards you and your pain



    And the result is her new book Taming Chronic Pain: A Management Guide for a More Enjoyable Life which is available now on Amazon where it has 5 star review status!



    Quote of the day, which great dramatist wrote the line



    “Our bodies are our garden to which our wills are gardeners.”



    Answer at the end of today's show.



    Show notes at www.backpainliberation.com/episode38



    Music courtesy: Jahzzar www.betterwithmusic.com/



    Photo by Jonas Friese on Unsplash



    This website is for your information only. Consult your own doctor for medical advice.



    Any guests express their own views and no endorsement  by the Back Pain Liberation Podcast is implied.

    • 39 min
    Causes of Chronic Back Pain

    Causes of Chronic Back Pain

    Thanks for joining me for Episode 37 of the Back Pain Liberation Podcast.



    My name is Iain Barker, here to help you find your way out of chronic back pain.



    Today's guest is David Hanscom MD, author of Do You Really Need Spine Surgery?: Take Control With a Spine Surgeon’s Advice.



    We're talking about the causes of chronic back pain, which is defined as back pain that persists for more than 12 weeks.



    You'll learn how chronic pain is completely different to acute pain which means that it has to be tackled in a completely different way



    You'll discover the essential mindset which is the starting point for getting out of chronic back pain



    You'll be shocked as David goes into more detail on some established surgical treatments that just do more harm than good.



    Quote of the day



    Which international influencer said



    'In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.'



    Answer at the end of todays show.





    This is the second half of the interview with Spine surgeon, Dr. David Hanscom



    We talk about neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change continuously throughout your life.



    How, chronic pain is more about changes in the brain and body chemistry than structural problems.



    So these are the areas we have to address if we want to get out of chronic back pain.



    Music courtesy: Jahzzar www.betterwithmusic.com/

    • 31 min

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