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Questions concerning: back pain exercises -|- back muscle pain -|- back muscle spasms -|- degenerative disc disease -|- disc bulge -|- dizziness -|- groin pain -|- groin pull -|- lifting injuries -|- lower back pain -|- lower back exercises -|- sciatica -|- whiplash injuries -|- Hanna Somatics -|- headaches -|- back muscle spasms -|- "My back went out." -|- somatics -|- somatic exercises for back pain -|- somatic education -|-

Experience in the area

In practice since 1990. Two years on staff at a hospital Wellness and Rehabilitation Center. Success rate: approx. 95%+


Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, American Journal of Pain Management, Somatics: Magazine-Journal of the Mind-Body Arts and Sciences.

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Certifications (partial list): Hanna Somatic Education Dr. Ida P. Rolf method of Structural Integration

What do you like about this subject?

It gets results in days or weeks that often take months or years with standard therapies and has a theoretical basis in neurophysiology, kinesiology, and learning theory (neuroplasticity) that clearly explains why it gets those results.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Popular recognition of clinical somatic education as a new, more effective option for chronic pain sufferers.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Nearly all back and neck pain, pinched nerves, bulging discs and bone spurs (osteophytes) come from muscles held chronically tight by muscle/movement memory formed by injury and stress.

more explanation at Free, on-demand information available by sending blank email to

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Stretching doesn't work with injuries. You may have noticed. Read why:

Injuries change muscle/movement memory; muscular contractions ensue that cannot be stretched away. To free chronic muscular contractions, you have to replace dysfunctional muscle/movement memory with new, healthy muscle/movement memory. MORE:

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Recent Answers from Lawrence Gold

2016-06-30 Disconnected psoas:

Hello, Frances,    I'm guessing you meant trochanteric bursitis.    The pain comes from muscles in contraction -- which suggests that their controlling nerve was not cut, or the muscles would be slack

2016-06-13 Severe Back Pain:

Hello, Erma,    Back pain usually comes from very tight back muscles, which get sore.  This entry explains:    There are exercises you can do to correct

2016-03-07 Abdominal exercise with L5/S1 issue:

Art,    Tightening the abs as you describe may be fashionable, but it is unhealthy.    Tight abs make one into a "chest breather".    A study in Denmark of patients in a hospital cardiac ward found that

2015-12-02 Psoas:

Hello, Angela,    I can't answer with regard to damage from statin drugs; drugs are outside of my scope of practice. However, being an anti-cholesterol drug, statin drugs are irrelevant to the condition

2015-11-22 Ciatica:

Hi, Tammy,    The symptom you describe sounds like sciatica. Oh. I see you wrote the term phonetically, above.    You may read the following entry, which explains the condition:


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