William Richards

Your not lacking the right medication or super talented surgeon. You need someone who lives with your same pain and has found freedom!

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The single most important fact about this site and your back pain

By no means am I a doctor or a licensed professional when it comes to diagnosing or treating back pain. All I know is what I have been through personally. Along the way I have been able to give people advice regarding their training when it comes to working through back pain with great results. The information I give on this site is just that, ADVICE. I don’t have the answers to all of your back pain but I do know where I can point you to start getting answers for yourself. I welcome anyone who is searching for solutions for themselves to suggestions or guidance but the most important thing is that your back pain is specific to you. Take everything I say with great consideration as whether or not it is something that would help or hurt you. If anything bring your questions and newly found information to your doctor and see what he says!



 

Welcome! My name is William Richards and I am the founder of Fitness 4 Back Pain. I have been in the fitness industry for over 12 years learning everything there is to know about improving your life and being the strongest version of yourself. One of the biggest problems that I see today is the lack of education we have when it comes to solving our own  pain problems.

I was diagnosed with an L5-S1 rupture right out of high school and it has been my mission to stay as far away from the knife as I can. It crushed me being told so young that I had permanent damage to my body that would never fix its self. I was healthy, strong and did all the right things but as the years went on the pain increased. It had gotten to the point where the chiropractors, physical therapists and medications weren’t doing the trick. So I decided to make my own path towards my healing.

You can’t fix everything but you sure has heck don’t have to spend the rest of your life on medication and suffering with chronic pain.

I always knew that the damage to my disc was irreversible but that didn’t mean I had to live every day of my life in pain. I know what its like to wake up every day and the first thing on your mind is your back pain. Its all you can think about. You make a subconscious list of things you can’t do just because of your back pain.

Well i’ll tell you what, I can stand before you to day and say that the chronic pain in my back has decreased over 90%. Now I have good days and bad days but I always know what I did to get a flare up.

Over the years I have learned tons of techniques when it comes to mobility, what I eat, how I train and the lifestyle I lived. This isn’t about suggestions, these are real life tools that I have developed to alleviate some of the worst pains I have ever had.

It was birthed from the understanding of what people with severe back pain deal with on a daily bases.

So, you mix years of back pain that I’ve struggled with and freedom I now have, my passion for health and fitness and the desire to teach and inform as many struggling people as I can and BOOM, thats where you get Fitness4backpain.com

This isn’t some medical center trying to sell you their high end medical treatment that consists of drugs, shots and surgery. These are real life solutions uncovered in the trenches of living through back pain day in and day out.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking the educated medical professionals. I received my Bachelors of Science at ODU studying Exercise Science as well as becoming certified by the American College of Sports Medicine. Education is important but its not everything. The professionals need to look outside of their textbooks and get into the shoes of their patients.  You need someone who lives through your pain, who understands what it feels like to walk around with a cloudy mind simply because all you can think about is relieving the pain in your back. I pray that the information on this site will bring you the freedom you are looking for!

The single most important fact about this site and your back pain

By no means am I a doctor or a licensed professional when it comes to diagnosing or treating back pain. All I know is what I have been through personally. Along the way I have been able to give people advice regarding their training when it comes to working through back pain with great results. The information I give on this site is just that, ADVICE. I don’t have the answers to all of your back pain but I do know where I can point you to start getting answers for yourself. I welcome anyone who is searching for solutions for themselves to suggestions or guidance but the most important thing is that your back pain is specific to you. Take everything I say with great consideration as whether or not it is something that would help or hurt you. If anything bring your questions and newly found information to your doctor and see what he says!

6 comments on “William Richards

  1. Hi William, I will start walking the way you recommended to release my QL pain. This pain is like you loaded a heavy weight in your shoulders, a pressing by my kidneys and latinus dorsi.

  2. Never been in so much pain in my entire life!
    I’m very athletic via yoga and hiking daily.
    Chiropractor said ql muscle is in such spasm that it’s affecting the nerves in my left leg.I am icing and heating xmd rest. Acupuncture tomorrow.Will try mashing it out with a lacrosse ball too.

    Thank you from beautiful Victoria bc Canada

    1. Hey Ella!

      Sorry to hear about your pain.

      Something to consider…

      Sometimes your QL can be fired up from poor posture and over use. This is just my opinion but have you tried stepping away from yoga and hiking and sticking strictly to short, moderate pace, flat land walks? On top of that really focusing in our posture and movement mechanics when sitting standing and bending. My QL used to be on fire all the time and until I made it a daily habit to focus less on “exercise” and more on correcting the posture and movement basics it allowed my body to stop ver working and finally allow the muscles to release.

      Sometimes smashing a muscle that is over stimulated can just cause more stiffness and discomfort. My entire lower back was like that and still is from time to time. When it gets tight from too much flexion I spend more time on my posture and healthy positions then I do trying to smash out the muscles.

      Keep me posted!

  3. Awesome article!! Just had L4 -5 back fusion 2 weeks ago. I love your point about taking responsibility for the care of your back. Why would I want to go back to running? I want to take care of my back since these are the only bones I have. Healthy and happy is the key and to exercise for those reasons. I’m competing with myself:)

    1. Hey Jennine!

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope your recovery is fast and pain free!

      Yes, it is OUR responsibility to keep our backs happy and healthy. You will make decisions every day from here on out that will either help or hurt the long term results of both that procedure and your recovery. Go slow and be mindful of your body position and how you move. Hinge and the waist and keep that spine off the pain cycle!

      At the same time, your back IS NOT fragile. It is strong and just because you had this done doesn’t mean anything about how weak you are or need to feel. Listen to your body. You will come out on top!

      Keep me updated and be sure to connect with us here on the site!

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