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Thank you for considering a membership with BackForever. BackForever is a resource to teach you the helpful behavioral changes and exercise protocols for back and neck pain caused by dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal system. We strongly suggest that you see a health care provider prior to undertaking this or any exercise program. There are rare but very serious conditions that can cause back and neck pain, including cancer, infection, fractures, and others.The BackForever program may significantly reduce or relieve pain for people who have diagnoses of:

  • Lumbar sprain/strain
  • Cervical sprain/strain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • SI joint syndrome
  • Disc herniation
  • Bulging disc
  • Slipped disc
  • Pinched nerve
  • Sciatica
  • Facet syndrome
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Failed back surgery
  • Whiplash
  • Annular tear
  • Scoliosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Nonspecific low back or neck pain

The BackForever exercise program may significantly reduce or relieve back or neck pain for you if you answer yes to the following questions:

  • Does your back or neck pain vary in intensity from day to day or within a day? In other words, are some times and days better than others? If yes, you are a candidate who may benefit from the BackForever Program.
  • Is your back or neck pain associated with certain movements, activities, positions, or tasks? For example, is your back pain better or worse depending on what you are doing? These activities can include but are not limited to standing, sitting, walking, lifting, lying face down, lying face up, lying on your side, sleeping, sex, driving, flying, household chores, yoga, Pilates, weight lifting, stretching, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments. If yes, you are a candidate who may benefit from the BackForever Program.
  • Do you have back pain that happens a few times a week, month or year but otherwise you are relatively pain-free? If yes, you are a candidate who may benefit from the BackForever Program.
  • Do you have achy, hard to pinpoint, diffuse pain in the buttock, leg, arm, or shoulder that can be very intense at times but seems to vary from time to time? If yes, you may be a candidate who could benefit from the BackForever program but you need to be cleared by a physician first. There are potentially serious conditions that can cause these symptoms in addition to the more common causes which this program can help.
  • Has your physician or primary care provider suggested or recommended exercising and stretching to help alleviate your back and/or neck pain? If yes, you are a candidate who may benefit from the BackForever Program.

DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE BACKFOREVER PROGRAM WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING WITH YOUR PRIMARY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF:

  • you experience constant, excruciating (on a level of 8/10 or more) back or neck pain that never varies in intensity;
  • you experience excruciating pain (on a level of 8/10 or more) in the buttock, leg, arm, hand, or foot that does not vary in intensity;
  • you experience back or neck pain plus achy, hard-to-pinpoint, diffuse pain in the buttock, leg, arm, or shoulder that can be intense at times and/or barely noticeable at others;
  • you have been diagnosed with nerve damage as the result of a back or neck issue which manifests as muscle strength loss (for example drop foot) or numbness in an area such as the buttock, leg, arm, hand, or foot; or
  • you experience numbness or tingling in the buttock, leg, arm, hand, or foot or anywhere else in the body.

If you do not experience any of the above conditions, we still recommend that you see your primary health care provider prior to starting any exercise program.

BackForever does not provide medical care or individualized training. The BackForever program is not intended to diagnose any medical condition. We highly encourage you to see a health care professional before undertaking this or any other exercise program for your back or neck. There are rare but very serious conditions that can cause back and neck pain, including cancer, infection, fractures, and others.