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UPRISE: Back Pain Liberation, By Tuning Your Body GuitarSports medicine and back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler is not alone in seeking back pain liberation for chronic back pain sufferers.

For example, Dr. Haleh Agdassi, a rehabilitation doctor with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California, sees back and neck pain so frequently among computer users that she refers to the condition as “Silicon Valley syndrome.” 

“There’s no magic bullet out there for back pain,” she says. “That can be overwhelming for patients. It’s an anxious, vulnerable crowd — they’re looking for solutions.”

By one estimate, lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In the United States alone, costs relating to the condition are estimated to cost more than $100 billion a year.

In the same story quoting Dr. Agdassi, over a year and a half ago The New York Times wrote of Esther Gokhale, a "posture guru" in the Silicon Valley and author of the book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back.

Ms. Gokhale [pronounced go-CLAY] believes people suffer from pain and dysfunction because they have forgotten how to use their bodies.

As the Times notes, Ms. Gokhale is not the first to suggest that changing posture is key to a healthy spine. Practitioners of the Alexander Technique and the creators of the Aplomb Institute in Paris similarly help clients find more natural and comfortable ways to position themselves. Pilates and physical therapy can improve posture and bring awareness to it. A handful of companies, like Lumo BodyTech, now sell personal posture monitors, offering smartphone users constant feedback about the way they hold their bodies.

In his soon-to-be published book UPRISE, Dr. Wheeler will reveal that while good posture is important to achieve liberation from chronic back pain, true relief for sufferers will come only when medical professionals and healthcare insurors embrace a new way of thinking about about how back pain is caused, and how it may be relieved, for patients everywhere.

The UPRISING begins in early 2015.

Watch as sports medicine and back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler discusses a new entry point label - Body Guitar®for the discussion, diagnosis and treatment of back pain, and how to achieve back pain liberation.

Dr. Wheeler creates the metaphor of how a fine guitar mimics the function of the human spine - the unique human back including the lumbar spine [the low back] - and how both the guitar and the low back require an investment of time throughout the life of each to maintain full effectiveness as instruments of melody.

This new understanding, of the human spine as Body Guitar, is a leading new concept introduced in Dr. Wheeler's extraordinary new book UPRISE, coming in early 2015.

As revealed in UPRISE, whether by the music of a well-played guitar, or by the "song" of the well-lived impactful life, so often the attraction to either hinges upon keeping the instrument - guitar or Body Guitar - in tune.

Sports medicine and back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler has long been obsessed with pain.

How pain, and its absence, affects behavior, competitiveness, and quality of life.

This obsession turned passion sparked a medical career investigating pain.

Based on an examination and critique of established medical practice, Dr. Sean's new book, UPRISE, offers a new understanding of the body as the finely tuned instrument it is – as not only your body, but as your Body Guitar, and a new, disruptive medical innovation to achieve back pain liberation

Listen as Dr. Sean discusses the passion behind his UPRISE.

Back Pain Fork In The Road Dr Sean WheelerAs sports medicine and back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler will soon reveal in his new book UPRISE, existing medical science for the treatment of chronic back pain has reached a fork in the road. 

Who's Who of experts in spinal problems and back pain, led in consultation with Sam W. Wiesel, MD, agree, as discussed in Is Creativity in Back Pain Research in Short Supply? Is Genius Extinct?, appearing in The Back Letter, a monthly newsletter published for healthcare professionals, leading with this:

That the back pain field is in crisis is beyond dispute.

The back pain field...is a poster child for ineffective medical care and wasteful services...

The report continues, making a point we discuss on this page:

The recent Global Burden of Disease Study, published 2012 in The Lancet [and updated this past week] concluded provocatively that back pain is the single most disabling “disease” worldwide.

Some believe the primary problem in the back pain field is a lack of original thinking among researchers and healthcare providers.

Said Aage Indahl, MD, at the International Back Pain Forum XI hosted in Melbourne, Australia—and repeated several times since: 

“We have been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.  We have nothing to show for it.”

Indahl suggests the field is no closer to resolving the back pain crisis than it was four decades ago...[given] a lack of novel and creative thinking in the back pain field that might lead to scientific breakthroughs...

He notes...novel ideas are much more likely to lead to breakthroughs than refining and distilling the research to date. “Let's get crazy,” Indahl proposes. “We need crazy ideas.”

Challenging the status quo in back pain medicine is sorely needed.

Dr. Sean Wheeler will have much to say about how to achieve back pain liberation - challenging the status quo of back pain medicine - in his new book UPRISE, coming in early 2015.

Sports medicine and back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler appreciates music.

He plays the guitar, encourages each of his children to learn about and play a variety of musical instruments, and is leading a rethinking - a healthcare revolution - of how to overcome back pain through a new understanding of the human body as a finely tuned instrument, as your Body Guitar, soon to be detailed in his forthcoming new book UPRISE.

As a music connoisseur and performer, Dr. Wheeler enjoys the music and achievements of a range of artists, including the amazing story of Darlene Love, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted in 2011.

As reported in a number of media, Ms. Love will tonight sing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on the “Late Show With David Letterman” for the last time. 

Ms. Love’s annual presentation of this song, which she originally recorded in 1963, is one of several customs that will come to an end when Mr. Letterman departs his CBS program on May 20.

Her association with Mr. Letterman goes back to 1986, when she sang the song on his NBC show, “Late Night,” and continued after he moved to CBS.

Steven Van Zandt, the guitarist and member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, offered a succinct explanation of why Ms. Love has endured in popular music, quoted in The New York Times:

“It’s real simple,” he said with a laugh. “She’s the greatest singer in the world.”

In honor of tonight's final performance, the “Late Show” created a "Best Of" video compilation to Ms. Love performances of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the Letterman Show in advance of tonight's television performance.

Enjoy the compilation above, and tune in later this evening for Darlene Love's performance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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