Tips to Build a Better Back

August 8, 2009
By Ellen Goldman

I am a huge believer in the power of intention. By saying your thoughts out loud, letting others know of your dreams and future plans, doors open and opportunities arise. I’ve always said the universe gives you what you need.

I was recently helping a friend of mine who has been plagued with back pain for the past few months. I tried to use my professional knowledge to help her figure out the possible causes of her constant discomfort and create a program to strengthen and stretch the muscles supporting her core, hopefully avoiding a trip to the doctor. Afterward, I thought about increasing my own commitment to my back program, making sure to include my back exercises in all my daily workouts.

I had no idea that the power of intention could actually backfire (no pun intended).

Shortly after that discussion, I woke up with an unfamiliar sensation; a dull ache in my lower back. I was shocked. I have always prided myself on not being one of the thousands of American adults who suffer from occasional low back pain. Was age catching up to me? Would I have to eat my words? More…