Are you genuinely seeking a solution for your back pain?

Are you looking for knowledge on how to recover from acute or chronic back pain?

Could it really be that simple and just 12 weeks of rehabilitation to reclaim your life?

Read how a young women’s journey started with an accident, then chronic low back pain and how she found a solution to help herself and others to recover from chronic back pain.

Ursula was just a 23-year-old and  in perfect health when motorbike accident changed her life.

She went through pain, frustration, disappointments and never gave up even if another trial failed. Then, eventually, ten years later, she had discovered a recipe for chronic back pain rehabilitation and got her life back.

What is the chronic back pain prognosis? Great news, this program has helped countless people to reclaim their health in 12 weeks or less.

Ursula is now in her 50is and physically fitter than in her 10years recovery when she was 20 years younger.

So, what went wrong? How did a young, healthy woman, very fit and strong (5x/ week gym), working as a massage therapist, end up in so much back pain and barely able to walk 200m?

Ursula Knecht, Sports Physiotherapist, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Author and Clinical Hypnotherapist

My Journey – from perfect health – to back pain and despair – back to life

It was a beautiful afternoon when I had finished my work as a massage therapist and for once decided not to put my motorbike trousers on over the top of my jeans, for the short 2km ride home.

It only took about 100m down the road when a man on a pushbike rode through a STOP sign straight into me. All it took was that split second and there I was lying in the middle of the road in extreme pain, my right knee taking most of the external trauma. Onlookers rushed over and dialled for an Ambulance, while the pushbike rider was already walking around, he was fine. 

Ursula Knecht, Sports Physiotherapist, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Author and Clinical Hypnotherapist

I can’t even remember if they did an X-Ray in the hospital (MRI did not exist at this time), but what I do remember is I was in tremendous pain. They stopped my knee from bleeding, immobilised it with a huge brace and gave me crutches. As a massage therapist, I had not much of an idea what to do other than follow the doctor’s instructions: Offloading, elevation, and taking pain killers.

Fortunately, at the time I was wearing motorbike boots, jacket, gloves and a helmet which all had their marks after the accident but kept my body and head safe from injury underneath. Although my speed was about 40km/h, my jeans were insufficient protection.

rest – reduced muscle strength -back pain

After about a week, I saw a doctor I knew from work. Unfortunately, he was unable to assess my knee as it was already too stiff entirely. I know that it only takes a few days for joints and muscles to get stiff and rigid from my training. Muscle wasting starts as soon as they are not sufficiently used. Reduced range of motion, muscle stiffness and wasting were causing even more pain. The doctor sent me home informing me I must have at least 90° knee flexion (bending movement) otherwise, he could not test my knee for ligament damage. 

I was struggling to find ways to improve my knee’s range of motion. From what I understood, and the doctor told me, my knee could get completely stiff, I was so afraid of losing the full function of my knee along with the added stress of not knowing the full extent of the damage.

It was a tough time; the exercises I tried by myself to increase the range of motion were excruciating as I did not know where to seek professional advice.

Eventually, I made it through the pain and went to see the doctor again; he tested the ligaments and thankfully, they were intact. Unfortunately, by then, I had offloaded my leg for a few weeks, walking on crutches and lying around, instead of doing my regular whole body gym program and physical work as a massage therapist. This resulted in reduced muscle mass and strength in my entire body and then my low back pain started!

Low back pain treatments

All this happened a few months before I started my physiotherapy education. I did not know what to do with my back pain. After an X-ray at 23 years of age, I was told I had early osteoarthritis.

As mentioned above; Low back pain “is poorly understood and is being mismanaged medically.” (1)

When I had my back pain, I did not know what to do, and the advice I was given was, to rest, which lead to more stiffness, deconditioning and pain.

Muscles waste away very fast (1%-1.5% per day), increasing lower back stiffness and pain while reducing daily life abilities. In the first week of immobilisation, the decline in muscle strength can be 40% (6).

As I have experienced such pain and despair, I am keen to offer my accumulated professional advice you to find your way out of pain and get your life back. 

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