The Functional Back

Back pain self-treatment featuring the Hubble Method

Now Available: Stretch It! Program for back pain

If you have a tight back and hips, this program is for you! Lose the stiffness and neutralize pain by releasing your low back and hip muscles. Learn precisely where your problem areas are with a diagnostic ball massage, then target those areas with 3 customized stretching series. For a short time, get the Stretch It! Program at the introductory price…

Science tackles the best sexual positions for back pain

There are lots of back pain “rules” for the best sitting, standing, lying, exercise, and other positions to use. The vast majority are based on opinion. So it is with sex—until now. In a great example of science challenging conventional wisdom, a group of Canadian researchers tackled the taboo topic the Masters and Chambers way. What did they find? Prolific…

Is Tylenol the right prescription when your back goes out?

Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol ) and ibuprofen are time-tested, go-to treatments when our backs go out. At least, we think they are. A new study in The Lancet put Tylenol to the test against this type of back pain, called acute back pain. How did it stack up? The randomized study of over 1,600 patients assigned participants to…

What’s your yardstick for back pain relief?

Yesterday something amazing happened—or didn’t happen, to be more precise. It got me thinking: What do we really mean when we say we want relief from back pain? I’ve run into plenty of people who claim their back pain is under control. They usually caveat this claim with the disclaimer, “As long as I’m careful.” Which brings me to my…