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Back Pain Adviser, July 2007 Issue -- who should you see?
July 07, 2007

Welcome once again to the Back Pain Adviser E-zine.

Our goals are to give you the most valuable and expert advice on back pain, sciatica and neck pain issues. In this issue of the Back Pain Adviser you receive:

  1. Site Update – what has changed and been added to the Back Pain Advisor

  2. Tip of the Month – apply this tip, especially if you stand often.

  3. Article of the Month – who should you consult and how can you spot a good practitioner.

  4. The Future – what we have planned for our site.

  5. Your Questions – answers to your questions you have sent.

  6. Our Discount Offers – your benefits, in more ways than one.

Please Remember: this e-zine is designed to be brief and informative. No doubt you are like me and do not want to spend hours sifting through irrelevant details. So the Back Pain Adviser is kept brief, with information and tips you can apply now. So on to the issue…

Site Update:

Since the last issue of the Back Pain Adviser, the site has added pages for your viewing:

Upper Back and Neck Pain – these are common conditions that are actually related. The upper back causes neck pain often. This page helps you to understand why and how you can ease your discomfort.

Upper Back Pain Headaches – similar to above, the muscles in the upper back refer to the head. This is one of the most common types of headaches. Why? These muscles are affected by stress, the immune system, posture and other structural issues.

Search this Site – you now have the ability to search our site for back pain issues. No longer is it hard to find the issues you want explained, but have trouble remembering where you saw them.

Updated X-Pain – yes thanks to you our readers we now have a web page on the X-Pain Method. Actual web shots of the book and the many chapters it has on how you can remove your back pain or sciatica.

Tip of the Month:

This is for all those who spend hours at a bench, table, counter or standing in general. If you notice that the longer you stand the more your lower back or upper back get sore, then here is a tip for you…

Place a book or block of wood on the ground. About the height of a yellow pages phone book. Place one foot on the book and have the other flat on the ground. Stand like this and every half hour or hour, swap feet. So that the other foot is on the book.

What this does is change the lower back posture and removes the majority of tension that builds and cause back pain.

It is ideal for those who work in retail, in labs, on lines where you stand all day. Also great for doing dishes, preparing food for a meal etc. Try it and you will notice how easy it is to stand and not get back pain.

Article of the Month:

These articles are brief versions of articles published by Dr Teague in either Ezine articles or other article web sites. Dr Teague is a frequent contributor to these sites with articles on back pain, sciatica, and neck pain issues.

Who Should You See… and can you spot a good practitioner?

I am commonly asked in my day to day practice – what is the difference between a Chiropractor and an Osteopath or a Physiotherapist? Well the answer is not what you expect.

The big difference is in how they spell their names!

Yes apart from that there is not a lot of difference. Sure there are philosophical differences, some difference in their approach to treating you. But in reality you may not notice much difference at all.

In the past, Physio were more muscular oriented, didn’t adjust joints so much and gave a lot of exercises for you to do. Osteopaths were classed as more gentle in their adjustments, in the USA they can prescribe medication, elsewhere they can’t. Chiropractors were thought to be heavy handed and aggressively adjust your spine.

In today’s structural arena, life has changed…

Each practitioner uses the techniques they find most beneficial to you. There are as many gentle Chiropractors now as there are aggressive ones. Physio will adjust your spine as much as a Chiropractor will. Osteopaths can also be gentle … or not.

Basically each practitioner uses the techniques they find best - for themselves and you the patient. So who should you see if you decide to consult with someone?


Whoever is best for you. How do you work this out?

You need to ask questions. Remember, you are hiring your practitioner to help you. No different to hiring a mechanic to fix your car. If you told your mechanic your car didn’t start, you want to know why, how they will fix it, how long will it take and how much will it cost.

The same applies to your practitioner. You need to ask the same questions before you decide to see them. You also need to see someone who uses techniques you identify with – do they work gently or aggressively, use other techniques, look at nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture or acupressure. What extra techniques do they use to help you recover faster – this saves you time, money and pain.

There is a little known test – The Sugar Test – that gives you the right questions to ask. Check lists to see what they offer and a simple test you can apply. Why is it called the sugar test? You can see if the deal is sweet for you or sweet for the practitioner.

So a good practitioner is someone who passes the Sugar Test and fits you personally. It doesn’t really matter whether they are a Chiropractor, Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist etc. Find someone who will help and pass your criteria.

[Please note: The Sugar Test will soon be part of the Back Pain Advisor – see the updates section]

The Future – what do we have planned?

The Back Pain Advisor strives to continually update our site with informative, expert and valuable advice. In the coming month we plan to have the following web pages up and running:

Treatment for Lower Back Pain – a web page with ideal treatment regimes, from who to see and why, to self help techniques you can use at home.

Sciatica in Pregnancy – a common occurrence for women. Why does it occur and is there a solution to make pregnancy more enjoyable.

Upcoming Major change: We plan to keep working on an entire new section on Back Pain Treatment. Each area of treatment will be explained, from symptom relief, to who you can see. Each profession will have a pro/con type section from an unbiased viewpoint. The Sugar Test so you can work out whom to see for your benefits. This is a major change and hopefully will occur over the next month or two.

Your Questions:

Please remember, you can email me at with any questions you have and want answered. These can be used as part of this section, but you will also get a personal reply to your questions. So please feel free to contact me with any ideas, issues or information you want to see on the Back Pain Adviser.

Q: Do you need to have low back pain with Sciatica?

Simply put – no. Sciatica can exist without low back pain. Sciatica can be due to three main problems. Firstly lower back distortion which affect the nerve roots that form the sciatic nerve. Secondly, pelvic distortion which irritates the sciatic nerve and places tension on the actual nerve. Finally the Piriformis muscles tighten and irritate the sciatic nerve as it either runs through the muscle or next to it. The muscle tightens and the nerve is irritated.

So the last two situations can occur and not cause low back pain. If you have low back pain and sciatica it doesn’t necessarily mean your have a more severe case of sciatica.

For more information on sciatica and its' causes and cures, visit ... your Sciatica web page.

Your Discounts:

Yes we have e-books to sell. The X-Pain Method is an e-book based on my practice methods. It teaches you ideal stretches – when to stretch, what to stretch and how to stretch. It has ways to improve the nerve and blood supply to muscles, which increase their strength. Ways you can re-align your spine and adjust specific spinal joints – painlessly, effectively and safely. This has never been seen before as practitioners do not want you to know what they do. You can now remove and prevent your back pain, sciatica and neck pain.

As a subscriber to our Back Pain Adviser E-zine, you gain discounts: For the following month before our next issue, we are upgrading the X-Pain Method so if you purchase the X-Pain Method you get the X-Stress Pack included. Usually the price for both is $37, but for only $24 you can order both.

Just click on this link to order. Or go to our web page on the X-Pain Method - but remember to click on the link here for your discount.

In Conclusion:

Remember, this e-zine is for you our readers. It is designed to help you understand more about your back pain and how you can help yourself. Also who to see and when. As we strive to be a leader in the structural field, your feedback is essential.

If you have any area you want covered on this newsletter or on the site, please contact us and let us know. All feedback – good or bad – is essential for us to continually grow and improve. So please contact me through the web site or via and put “E-zine” or “feedback” in the subject line. Thank you in advance for your input.


Dr Graeme Teague

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