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Dr. Sean Wheeler back pain expertDr. Sean WheelerSports 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.

Drawing upon more than a decade of specialized training, patient treatment and medical experience, Dr. Wheeler came to a breakthrough realization of how to effectively treat patients with chronic low back pain.

This realization is the topic of his soon-to-be published book UPRISE.

In his own words from UPRISE, Dr. Wheeler describes his moment of realization:  

A year or two after finishing my pain management fellowship and while practicing sports medicine, I was slated to give a lecture to a large group of physical therapists one weekend.

In preparation for this lecture, I was poring over research papers when I came across an article that caught my eye. It wasn’t the main point of the article that caught my attention; it was an aside that piqued my interest—how most people develop a lack of blood flow to the lumbar spinal discs in the vertebrae by age 35.

This fact gave me pause. It stuck with me, and for the rest of the week I found myself returning to that article. I couldn’t get it out of my head. It kept me up at night. One thing in particular was bothering me: why was there no blood flow to the discs? There had to be a reason the disc was set up this way. After all, there’s no part of the human body that is supposed to move that doesn’t get great blood flow.

I was mulling this over in the car on my way home from the office one night. It was maybe nine o’clock in the evening, and after a long day at work I was fatigued. Maybe it was something about being fatigued and having trouble seeing the road—the contrast between the headlights and the darkness was hard on my eyes—that put me in a trance and allowed me to think more clearly, but something clicked. 

It was suddenly so clear. The discs. The reason discs don’t get ample blood flow is because they aren’t supposed to move.

The problem isn’t that they move too much in some people—it is that they move at all. The lack of blood flow to the discs indicates they are supposed to remain stable. That is what separates those with discs that break down and those with discs that don’t—the former are unstable because the discs are moving.

Moving discs also mean that the discs are heating up. Anything that moves heats up. The parts of your body that move also have blood flow to take that heat away. If there is no blood flow, you can’t take the heat away, and the disc breaks down.

This was my Aha! moment—almost a spiritual realization—that forever changed my thinking about back pain.

And how to effectively treat it. 

Read more soon in Dr. Wheeler's new book UPRISE, or reserve your advance copy at the link.

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Shelley Lewis PTShelley L. Lewis, MS, PT Shelley L. Lewis, P.T., is a Director of Physical Therapy, overseeing a staff of 16 physical therapists at four outpatient clinics in greater Kansas City. Early in life Lewis realized how much she loved the study of human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, a love later pointing to her career. 

With over two decades of experience in treating patients with pain, Lewis has this to say about sports medicine and back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler, and Dr. Wheeler's soon-to-be-published book, UPRISE:

In UPRISE, Dr. Sean Wheeler changes the way we look at back pain and musculoskeletal pain. As physical therapists, there has never been "one way" to treat back pain, but often we traditionally focused on 4-6 weeks of stretches, strengthening, and modalities. Instead, Dr. Wheeler focuses on incorporating long-term stabilization into functional activities and sport.

As a result, the diagnosis has changed, the prognosis has changed, even the vocabulary we use with our patients has changed. For example, we now speak of Bracing Muscles in need of Circulation Training. There is no more "core".

This refreshing physical therapy-centered model relies not only upon sports medicine and pain management doctors, but encourages collaboration with other healthcare professionals to offer the patient a period of pain relief, which then allows us to begin the stabilization—or Circulation Training—process. UPRISE offers a fundamental shift in the mind-set of treating back pain sure to impress and influence patients, medical providers, and healthcare insurance carriers worldwide.

Lewis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology—Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska, and was awarded her Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center School of Professions. 

Building on earlier praise for UPRISE from experts such as the alpha doc to professional athletes Dr. James Andrews, Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder, credited as Architect of the Greatest Turnaround in College Football History, award-winning Television Writer and Producer Lynne Litt, and Dr. Marc Valley, who advocates that the healthcare industry — from medical insurance providers to doctors themselves — become familiar with its teachings, UPRISE will soon add a powerful new understanding to the medical treatment of chronic back pain.

Look for Dr. Sean Wheeler's new book UPRISE soon, and reserve your advance copy at the link.

Published in Praise for UPRISE

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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Kansas State University Coach Bill SnyderKansas State University Coach Bill Snyder With the College Football Playoff complete and the 2015 National Championship game now entered into sports history, another significant story emerged during the week's run-up to the Championship Game, centered on Kansas State University Head Football Coach Bill Snyder, now Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder.

Snyder, selected for the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2015, is credited as The Architect of the Greatest Turnaround in College Football History, demonstrated in this video presentation prepared by the Kansas State University Athletics Department.

As another Hall of Fame football coach, Barry Switzer, once stated about Bill Snyder: 

"He's not the coach of the year, he's not the coach of the decade, he's the coach of the century."

With a meticulous approach to his craft and his 16 goals for success, Coach Snyder continues to impact the lives of his student-athletes and so many more.

Here's what newly inducted Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder says about Dr. Sean Wheeler, and Dr. Wheeler's soon to be published book UPRISE:

“Coaching Sean as a student-athlete in our football program at Kansas State University allowed me great insight into his capabilities. This very precise, well-written, and passionate book, written for the benefit of others, does not surprise me. UPRISE is meaningful and eye opening.”

Now with Coach Snyder's insights, building on earlier praise for UPRISE from experts such as the alpha doc to professional athletes Dr. James Andrews, award-winning Television Writer and Producer Lynne Litt, and Dr. Marc Valley, who advocates that the healthcare industry — from medical insurance providers to doctors themselves — become familiar with its teachings, UPRISE will soon add a powerful new understanding to the medical treatment of chronic back pain.

Look for Dr. Sean Wheeler's new book UPRISE soon, and reserve your advance copy at the link.

Published in Praise for UPRISE

back pain expert Dr Sean WheelerDr. Sean WheelerSports 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.

Drawing upon more than a decade of specialized training, patient treatment and medical experience, Dr. Wheeler has come to a breakthrough realization of how to effectively treat patients with chronic low back pain.

This realization is the topic of his soon-to-be published book UPRISE. The book itself serves as the launch for a larger discussion to prompt effective change within the healthcare industry—among medical practitioners, health insurance providers and those millions each year who suffer from chronic low back pain.

Dr. Wheeler believes so deeply in his realization—his new approach for the treatment of chronic back pain—that he has created an entirely new way to talk, think and take action about back pain. As an aid to prompt a long overdue revolution in chronic back pain treatment.

In his own words, read Dr. Wheeler's Introduction to UPRISE:  

We've had it wrong.

For decades, the healthcare industry has insisted that while they understand chronic back pain, there is no treatment that reliably achieves long-term relief.  For years, I was part of the medical profession that believed, practiced and even preached that understanding. 

As a doctor, I marched in lockstep with my colleagues as I explained the lack of treatments offering permanent relief to patients suffering from chronic low back pain.  Both my colleagues and I saw no other options, beyond repetitive treatments offering varying degree of short-term relief.

After years of treating patients focused with my obsession to understand pain, one night after a long day at my clinic I was alone in my car driving home, puzzling out yet again what was I not seeing.  A whisper in my ear became the inspiration for challenging my long-held assumptions, and those of my colleagues.

From that moment forward, gone was the old way of thinking about the human body.  Gone was the old way of thinking about how to work out, how to move through the day, how to fully live life in our own bodies.  Gone too was the notion that nothing could reliably relieve chronic back pain.  My thinking underwent a dramatic shift.

This book reveals that shift, a fresh way to treat back pain.  This new thinking requires new labels—a new and simple vocabulary—as a prompt in aid of truly understanding your body, to properly care for it, and to see it as a beautiful instrument performing the music of your life, enjoyed by you and by others.

My whisper of realization is the inspiration for a new understanding of your body as the finely tuned instrument with which we are born and grow into—as not only your body, but as your Body Guitar®.  As with any musical instrument, when out of tune the result is often unbearable noise, rather than sweet music.

Also introduced is Tune Me®, the new medical orchestration for your Body Guitar, and the Action Muscles® and Bracing Muscles® controlling your Body Guitar.  

Tune Me is a revolution for you.  A revolution in caring for your lumbar spine, your body, your Body Guitar, to achieve your liberation from chronic back pain.

To achieve liberation, a revolution requires an uprising.

Achieve yours.

UPRISE

Because we now have it right.

Look for Dr. Wheeler's new book UPRISE soon, or reserve your advance copy at the link.

Published in Back Pain Relief

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.

Published in Back Pain Relief

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.

Published in Dr. Sean Speaks

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.

Published in Dr. Sean Speaks

Sports medicine and back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler speaks of the revolution needed in medicine and patient care, by raising these questions on behalf of back pain sufferers everywhere:

Why can't we fix back pain?

As a sufferer, why must I spend my life in back pain?

Why can't anyone tell me why my pain will not improve beyond existing short-term remedies?

The answer, according to Dr. Wheeler, is due to a fundamental flaw within the healthcare profession, in not looking systematically at the human body to fully understand the role of muscles in causing back pain, and their role in achieving long-term sustain back pain relief.

As outlined in his soon-to-be-published new book UPRISE, Dr. Wheeler is preparing to launch a revolution within healthcare, challenging the status quo based on good medicine and a single big idea, to change the constitution of your life, of your body, to achieve back pain liberation.

Look for more in coming weeks on these pages.

Published in NEWS + DISCUSSION

Biking Across the Katy TrailAmong the many good things that occur as a result of back pain liberation - which occurs by keeping your Body Guitar® in tune - is the opportunity to expand your life with fuller and more fulfilling life experiences.

As an example, sports medicine and back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler points to the story of Riding Across Missouri on the Katy Bike Trail, discussed in The Pack, the blog of Merrell footwear company, maker of high-performance hiking boots:

The Katy gets its name from the old MKT [Missouri-Kansas-Texas] railroad that formerly occupied its length. The right-of-way was purchased by the state and the completed bike trail was opened in 1996.

Sometimes jokingly referred to as the narrowest state park in the country, the Katy’s relatively flat, crushed limestone surface stretches from Clinton, Missouri in the west to St Charles in the east.

In 2011 the eastern Trail terminus was extended another 25 miles to Machens, Missouri, for a total Trail length of 240 miles.

While The Pack story discusses the adventure of biking the Katy Trail over three-days, for which you may learn more about accomodations, food and drink, and needed gear at BikeKatyTrail.com, your UPRISE from back pain can also include expeniences taking less time and even more enjoyable. Anything becomes possible, when you become unlocked from the cycle of recurring pain.

Read more of what is possible as you develop a new understanding of the body as the finely tuned instrument it is – as not only your body, but as your Body Guitar - and the new medical “orchestration” for your Body Guitar - Tune Me® - to achieve your liberation from back pain.

Published in Back Pain Relief