Most people don’t understand what it's like having chronic back pain. Some days it’s worse than others, but the pain is always there. The things you used to take for granted – like hiking or playing with your kids – can feel nearly impossible.
Plus you’ve probably seen all the specialists. And you’re still looking for solutions.
So you might be skeptical of Emily Lark’s Back To Life Complete Healthy Back System, a natural method for erasing your back pain and sciatica. This is a review of Emily’s system, which I actually purchased and used myself. It's not a “magic bullet” because it will require effort on your part, but it's a unique way to get rid of back pain. Hopefully I can shed some light on it for you here.
Just so you know: Everything in this review is based on 1) my own experience with this program, and 2) many hours of research about chronic back pain (I’ve dealt with it myself to a degree).
Editor's note: This is a review of Back to Life. If you're looking for the program website click here.
About The Back To Life Healthy Back System
The Back To Life program promises a simple set of stretches and movements that will relieve your back pain quickly. Emily Lark developed the program after she struggled with back pain for years.
Conventional wisdom says you should stretch and massage your sore muscles in order to relieve back pain. But according to Emily, that approach doesn't always work. What most people don't realize is that it's usually another muscle group that's causing your pain. If your shoulders are tight, for example, it could be because your chest muscles need proper stretching.
Since most of us get back pain due to our desk/phone/computer-bound lifestyles, we all have similar imbalances and weak spots that must be addressed. The Back To Life system is designed to address these issues so you can finally be free of back pain and all the problems it causes.
Important note: This program works for many common types of back pain. So even if you don't do much sitting (lucky you!) you can still see improvement.
Who Is Emily Lark?
Emily Lark is the creator of the Complete Healthy Back System. She has been a fitness and wellness coach since 2004. For over a decade she has been a highly-sought yoga and pilates instructor, teaching at studios throughout the United States. In 2014 she opened her own fitness studio with a mission of providing quality yoga and Pilates instruction to people of all income backgrounds.
According to her personal website, her life changed when she was in a serious car accident at age 12. The accident didn't cause major injury at first, but years later she developed crippling back pain that ruined her quality of life. Doctors recommended surgery as the only solution to her pain, but she resisted. Instead, she researched all she could about back pain, and eventually found a ten-minute routine that actually worked. Before long she was pain-free and she remains in good health today.
How Does The Program Work?
The Back To Life system is based on a routine that you can do as much as you need until you find relief. Emily guides you through the routine, explaining posture and movement in detail. She shows you how to address the most common posture imbalances, and the routine also helps strengthen your core. (Core weakness is one of the biggest culprits behind back pain.)
The routine is demonstrated in videos, and you also get an ebook manual that explains things in even more detail. In addition to that, the program tells you exactly what to do to keep your back healthy and pain-free as you go about your daily life.
What Can You Expect If You Follow This Program?
The obvious question is: how quickly will it work for my back pain? I wish I could give you an exact answer, but the fact is not everybody will have the same result.
It doesn't really matter how old or in-shape you are, but in my opinion there are two main factors that will determine how quickly it works:
- Your effort.
- The nature of your back pain.
There's a good chance you'll feel relief the first time you try Back to Life. But if you want the results to last, you'll need to stick to the system for a while. I highly recommend you follow the videos regularly (daily is best) and pay close attention to the “Healthy Back Checklist” that is part of the system.
Even if you feel relief from the very beginning, keep going. Emily always talks about “repetitive trauma”, which is what happens when you have bad posture and fall into bad habits. Over time, too much repetitive trauma creates the “fault lines” that she discusses in her video. This is why you can throw your back out in an instant, even if you felt fine a moment ago.
The Nature Of Your Back Pain
Back to Life is meant for the most common types of back pain. I'm talking about back pain due to bad posture, past injury, sciatica, arthritis, back pain from pregnancy, etc.
But some people have back pain due to less common causes like certain types of cancer, which can cause pain in your back and internal organs. There are also other rare conditions that can cause pain that Back to Life won't address. These aren't common, but I need to mention them in case you're in a unique situation. If that's you, consult your doctor about trying a program like this.
Features & Benefits
This system is simple and easy to follow. Instead of hours of useless fluff, you get high-quality instructional videos that get right to the point. Even though the videos aren't very long, the instructions in them are quite impressive. It teaches you things like:
- A stretch to instantly release your back
- How to properly strengthen your core (the exercise can be done while sitting in your chair)
- Mental techniques to focus your attention away from your pain
- A torso twist to “wring out” your spine
- How to strengthen you glutes while sitting in your chair
- The moves are simple, but she demonstrates advanced options for people who want them
- Static stretches to release your shoulders and neck
- A glute stretch to ease sciatica
- How to lengthen the front and sides of your hips (your hip flexor muscles)
- Neck stretches to combat forward head posture
You also get the “Healthy Back Checklist”, which is an ebook that tells you how to minimize strain and stress on your neck and back during your everyday life. It's geared toward people who work at a desk, but there's information for everybody. Topics include:
- How to actually align your posture (you'd be surprised how many people get this wrong)
- Steps to minimize pain and tension while working at your desk
- The best ways to sleep if you have back pain, as well as how not to sleep
- Spinal movements you should do each day to maintain full range-of-motion
- Nutrition advice for staying pain free
As you can see, there is a lot of actionable information crammed into this program.
What I Liked About The Complete Healthy Back System
- It gets to the point. She tells you what you need to know and spares you all the unnecessary lectures
- The instructional video is clear. You can tell she is an experienced instructor
- I liked the mindfulness techniques for pain
- You can do this program pretty much anywhere
- Emily Lark is a real person, with her own Youtube channel and everything. (I personally think this makes her more trustworthy, but maybe that's just me…)
- Fits with a busy schedule
What I Didn't Like About The Complete Healthy Back System
- Some of the movements could be too intense if you have really severe pain. If that's the case, check with a doctor before trying this program.
- The program is only available in digital format. (2018 update: It appears you can now get DVD copies as well.)
Final Thoughts: Is This Program Worth A Try?
The Back To Life Complete Healthy Back System is a simple sequence of movements and stretches that is meant to erase your back pain. It can be done from your desk, your house, or just about anywhere. Although this program is overall very good, it obviously can't address every single type of back issue. But it's definitely worth a try for those of us who deal with back pain and discomfort due to our lifestyles.
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Even though some of these stretches and movements are well-known, the sequence is important, and I have not seen anybody else who teaches this unique method. There are plenty of testimonials on her website, which is encouraging. The program is thorough and well-researched and has the potential to help a lot of people who suffer from back pain.
If you suffer from back pain, investing in this program before you do something more drastic like surgery is a no-brainer. If you don't take care of your back it will only get worse, especially if you do a lot of sitting. And if the program doesn't work for whatever reason, you can easily refund it within 60 days.
Don't let things get worse. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to be healthy. Visit Emily Lark's website now >>www.erasemybackpain.com<< to get more information.
(Again, if your pain is really severe, or if you have other confounding medical issues, talk to your doctor first.)