Most people with lower back pain are well aware of how much suffering, sacrifices and time it takes to eliminate that pain.
You might have tried stretching, physical therapy, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, painkillers, or even surgery, but none of these methods helped or did not help in the long run.
The AEQ Method® provides a long-term, scientifically substantiated solution for back pain.
Education is one of the best ways to demystify almost every problem. The more you know about yourself, the more you can help yourself. When it comes to eliminating chronic back pain, the solution is relatively simple, and it's based on scientific data on how the brain senses and controls the muscles.
The brain-muscle connection acts as a simple feedback loop, much like a basic computer system: sensory information (sensation) goes to the brain, and motor messages (movement) go out to the muscle. Feel, move, feel, move.
However, if we focus on back pain, a specific brain reflex called the Landau Reflex (green light reflex) is the cause of most chronic back pain. Because of that reflex, we are talking about the most common strain and the problem of the people. The reason why this problem is so common and so persistent and difficult to eliminate lies in the fact that it does not derive from degeneration or alteration of the structure or medical condition. It is much more related to the psyche, personality and emotional responses than to the muscles and bones.
Hence, the persistent back pain is linked with our lifestyle and the society we live in. Proprioceptive illiteracy and strong activation of red lite reflex is the fundamental problem of our time and lifestyle in the industrial society with all the alarms and schedules and ever-increasing pace of life, and the fear of the mistake in the future in number one fear of modern man.
People grow up with a diminishing ability to perceive and understand what is happening inside them and in their bodies. Our sensory system is created to give us this information. When a specific event occurs in our bodies, we usually do not notice it, such as the ringing of a phone, someone calls us by name, but then we have to jump into action. We all instinctively tighten the muscles in our lower back due to the green light reflex when this happens. This reflex only prepares us for action, straightens our spine, elevates us and prepares for the movement. There is nothing wrong with the reflex itself, and it is necessary for us to be able to do something and change it; the problem is the society we live in and our lifestyle as they activate this reflex several thousand times per day and it becomes a habit. Therefore, we are increasingly feeling fatigued, pain and tightness in the lower back, but we lack the understanding of why we are in this condition.
At its extreme, the activated reflex usually looks like the photo below. The second photo, however, clearly shows a decrease in excessive lumbar curvature after four active sessions.
Landau reflex is an active response to stress. However, it is not healthy to stay in this (or any other) reflex pattern due to its excessive unconscious activation. We must learn to relax our back muscles when they are no longer needed (e.g. when we sleep).
Anything that we do many times in a short time becomes a habit, which is necessary in order to perform the action, probably a vital action, better, easier and faster. If we constantly keep our back muscles tense as a response to stress and stop reminding these muscles to relax when they are no longer needed for action, we will teach the muscles to stay tight and tense. Constantly tense muscles are inefficient, weary and sore. An easy solution to back pain is to learn to relax the tense back muscles.
No doctor, massage therapist or physical therapist can relax your back muscles for you; you have to do it yourself.
At the age of 32, my life was run by chronic back pain. It turned my life from active to passive. Every area of my life was subdued to the pain: my career, sports activities, my social and private life. I was at a phase when I got woken up by severe pain in my lower back that even worsened as the day went on. There were days I wasn't even able to put on my shoes or drive a car. My life became very restricted.
Our health system didn't offer me any real solution, so I started looking elsewhere for it; reiki, reconnection and various energetic healings. None with positive results. And once I found out about the AEQ method®, I went to therapy to Aleš. It's been three months since my first visit, and I'm slowly getting my life back. Pain is subsiding. My life is improving, as well. I'm reconnecting my mind and body with the AEQ method® exercises. Aleš has helped me discover some of my subconscious patterns, others I recognize by myself through the exercises. I'm getting more and more aware of my body and my mind.
Aleš' book about the AEQ method® was really helpful too, and I believe that the book is a great addition to therapies and as self-help. I recommend everyone reading the book before the therapies; it's much easier to understand what is the AEQ method®. Further, the therapy is much more intense; it's a quality time spent in therapy as a client is already familiar with the basics. A client gains more time for conversation with Aleš and analysis of his/her characteristic barriers that are the cause of the pain.
This book is now my domestic first aid guidebook as I can eliminate other pain too, e.g. headache and menstrual cramps, by following descriptions and photos of the exercises. Exercises work!
I'm forever grateful to Aleš for taking me in and showing me a way to get my life back.
Thank you! Nataša, Ljubljana
Aleš Ernst, teacher of the AEQ method Level 5