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RosietheriveterWith the advent of each new year, many of us make resolutions to improve our lives and careers. The most common of these typically involve health-related goals such as losing weight. The next most common might be a goal to advance one's career.

While we tend to separate career goals from health goals, in reality there is overlap. If setting career goals, then you may want to think about getting healthier too. Why? Because new evidence suggests healthy-looking individuals are perceived as better leaders, even over intelligent-looking people, according to this report in the Harvard Business Review:

The evidence comes from a study led by Brian Spisak at VU University of Amsterdam and published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. The study asked participants to judge leadership potential by looking at faces. Why examine our reactions to faces? Because they lead us to make snap judgments about other people.

To quote the paper, “Qualities such as facial femininity can have a significant impact on who followers endorse as a leader in different situations because these visual signals can serve as a proxy for latent behavioral potential.” Facial femininity, for example, can signal tendencies to befriend or collaborate. Likewise, perceived age can be used to estimate wisdom or experience. 

And how is good health manifested in one's facial appearance? 

As acknowledged in WebMD, if you are among those suffering from low back pain you know the effect is more than physical. Chronic back pain can profoundly effect your mood, and just about every other part of your life:

"Chronic pain is something that interferes with every aspect of daily living. You can't concentrate -- you can't remember things as well. It affects your appetite, it affects your sleep," says Robert N. Jamison, PhD, associate professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.

People in constant pain may worry they won't be able to work or go about their daily activities. With all of that stress, "It makes sense that people get depressed, anxious, and irritable," Jamison says.

In other words, unhealthy and un-leaderlike.

Back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler sees the effect of back pain upon his new patients every week. Which is why he set out to apply new thinking to old medicine.

The result is his soon-to-be-published book UPRISE, which will soon add a powerful new understanding to the treatment of back pain. For leaders, and everyone.

In this excerpt from UPRISE, Dr. Wheeler points to your right to reclaim your inner rock star:

Have you ever sat near a really good musician while they  are performing and been blown away by their artistry? You feel pulled in, transported to another place by the music they are able to produce, the feeling they are somehow greater than themselves because of the emotion and passion they are able to share with their audience.

We all have this power. Our inner rock star.

Maybe this power is demonstrated in how we do perform in our work, in a goal we set for ourselves, or the way we treat others, which inspires others to be better than themselves. One person can change the world, but it is so much more difficult when your life is out of tune, when your lumbar spine, your back, your Body Guitar®, does not allow you to pluck the strings of your life song.

Achieve back pain liberation and reclaim your inner rock star, to achieve your uprise.

Learn how soon, in the showered with advance praisenew book UPRISE.

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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.

2014-12-17 07.49.35 amAs sports medicine and back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler will soon reveal in his new book UPRISE, it is indeed time for a new type of diagnosis in back care.

A Who's Who of experts in spinal problems and back pain, led in consultation with Sam W. Wiesel, MD, agree, as discussed in this report titled Is It Time for a New Type of Diagnosis in Back Care, from The Back Letter, a monthly newsletter published for healthcare professionals, leading with this provocative question:

Is following statement true or false? A scientific approach to the evaluation of back pain will usually lead to a precise diagnosis and specific treatment.

As anyone...in the back pain...field knows, that statement is clearly false.

The report goes on to say:

The diagnosis of back pain is an exercise in frustration. Back problems result in an accurate and valid diagnosis in only a small minority of cases - less than 15%, according to most estimates.

Read the full story in The Back Letter.

Watch for Dr. Wheeler's book UPRISE – and his breakthrough diagnosis for low back pain – in early 2015.

 

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If you have ever had back pain, you know how serious and debilitating the pain can be. For many, back pain is a constant and crippling ailment. Back pain, quite literally, ruins lives. And the problem is rampant and growing.

In the United States alone, the economic impact of low back pain exceeds $100 billion in total costs each year

Up to 80 percent of Americans will experience significant back pain at some point in their lives. Many of them will go on to experience chronic back pain.

Annually, 15 percent of all adults are treated for problems related to back pain, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, lumbar pain, facet joint pain, and the list goes on.

Is there hope these numbers may be decreased anytime soon?

Says sports medicine and back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler, for low back pain hope has a new name, found in the title of his new book:

UPRISE

[Image source: Dr. Erbil Durson]