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The Hidden Causes of Back Pain

Almost no-one suspects these, and all can be overcome.

Do you have back pain? Or do you suffer sciatica (pain in the hip or leg)? Do you have good days and bad days?

You are not alone: the real causes of your back pain most likely have not been diagnosed accurately. Let me help you to learn how to help yourself. The ebook contains a key exercise for you to practice.

What's included in the ebook

Causes of back pain

The most common causes are patterns of unbalanced muscular tension in key muscle groups and uneven strength in the same groups, and/or particular muscles are too tight to allow relaxed alignment and easy movement.

How lifestyle choices amplify the problem

What do you do most in your daily life? Sitting, for example (driving, or working behind a computer) will affect your body in predictable ways. Even some kinds of exercise can worsen your patterns. 

Stretches as "diagnosis and treatment"

All the exercises we recommend are both diagnosis and treatment. By this, I mean that any stretch can be used as a kind of question for the body: what happens when I try this gently? What does this feel like? is the crucial question to ask yourself. Can the feeling be changed?

Identifying and treating patterns

To start the self-diagnosis process, let’s check your function. “Function”, used this way, is a simple comparison of particular movements that we expect will be more-or-less the same. Key functions in anyone suffering back pain will usually reveal marked differences in range of movement one side to the other.

The Hidden Causes of
Back Pain

By Kit Laughlin

About Kit Laughlin

Kit Laughlin is the Founder of Stretch Therapy™, and a world authority in stretching and strengthening techniques. He was once a sufferer of debilitating back pain himself. He is the author of the best-selling books Overcome Neck & Back Pain, Stretching & Flexibility, and Stretching & Pregnancy.

The Stretch Therapy approach was created in the classes Kit and his senior teachers ran at the Australian National University for 27 years – the method was tested and refined with the willing participation of tens of thousands of students of all ages. Stretch Therapy ranges from explicit rehabilitation, through the acquisition of grace and ease in the body in daily life, through to performance enhancement. We know the method works.

Kit has presented workshops to many thousands of individuals worldwide, including Australia, London, Vancouver, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He studied Oriental medicine and Shiatsu for three years in Japan and founded the Shoshin Centre (in Canberra – and presently Greenwell Point – Australia), where he assists clients to overcome pain related to muscular and skeletal asymmetries. He is a 30+ year meditator and has co-taught meditation workshops in Buddhist monasteries in Asia.

Read Kit's full story here.


Kit Laughlin presents rational physiologic and anatomically correct methods for safe and effective stretching. He uses his mastery of Eastern practices such as Yoga, distils their benefits, and combines them with his own highly effective techniques. The results are a series of modern stretching and strengthening exercises which effectively isolate and address all muscle groups. This enables concentrated workouts which can help prevent and overcome painful conditions.

I have personally used Mr. Laughlin’s stretching exercises for a year and they remain a staple of my conditioning routine. I also refer Mr. Laughlin’s books and videos to my own patients in the emergency room, who often present to me with their own end results of years of de-conditioning and neglect.

Eric Roter MD – Kaiser Permanente Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

I had the opportunity to do the first four stretches of your newest program, Overcome Back Pain, this weekend and was completely blown away! I didn’t realize how much tension I was carrying and was incredibly relaxed after just 15 minutes of seated stretches. I went to bed in an already dream-like state and slept better than I have in years. I awoke feeling refreshed, relaxed and more at ease in my body.

I guess I didn’t realize how much more asymmetrical my body had become from carrying around my 25 pound daughter on my right hip. But the craziest thing was, when I looked in the mirror, I looked 10 years younger! Thank you so much for putting this program together, I can’t wait to try the other stretches!

Robin Truxel – tru Pilates, US