Does our Back Bite you?

Back Pain. Do you feel like your spine is attacking you rather than having your back?

80% of us get back pain, and out of that 80% again will get recurring back pain..

Pain means we don’t wanna move and not moving causes pain.

It’s a classic catch 22.

As we don’t move we get bigger and put on weight, muscles tighten and we get weaker.

We want to then exercise but back pain stops us.

Trapped in a cycle of pain and weight gain and lack of exercise and then exercise hurts so we gain more weight and so on.

Sounds familiar?


Liken your body to a car. If you don’t run it often it gets rusty. That puts strain elsewhere so we park it in the garage. Every now and then we try and start it up but it gets harder and harder to get going til eventually we just leave it full stop.

It’s gone too far amd will take a lot of time and cash to put right and involve a lot of work.

Your back doesn’t have to be like that.

If you see your back as always holding you back. It will.

Your back is your friend. You only have one and you need to look after it. It can’t go from being neglected to performing unless you do the right things.

That car in the garage needs to be stripped down and re built. You wouldn’t just whack a load of paint on it and expect it to function cos it looks good. You’d strip it. Clean it. Oil it. Replace dodgy bits and then re build it with care and it would be a work in progress.

Think of your back in the same way. If you keep failing and getting pain when you try to exercise, you’re just compounding an issue…and  approaching it from the wrong angle. You need to be getting some positives from your movement experience- otherwise you will just associate exercise and moving with pain.

You need to get back to basics.
Strip away the old and layer up with the new.

You can’t learn that from google.
You can’t get that in bootcamp.
You can’t just do it yourself and expect results unless you’re prepared to go through many tries and failures.


You need to be able to address exactly the issue causing your problem… you need to have a clear view of whether….

 #  joints are stiff
 #  muscles are weak
 #  muscles are in spasm
#  muscles are tight
 #  flexibility is poor
 #  what’ s over compensating
 #  what’s not working
 #  what’s actually causing pain


If you don’t know the answers to all of the above then you are flying blind and you will never get the results you are after…

It may settle for a bit but you will not get lasting benefit and the problem will keep coming back.

Make friends with your spine again.

Look after it and give it what it needs…

If you don’t… it very well may just come back and bite you …


Read our post on changing your body by resetting it –


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About Saree Hewlett (135 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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