WHAT is Mylowerbackpain.com?
Mylowerbackpain.com is a website AND a blog about lower back pain (LBP). I aim to provide high-quality, independent information on basically anything related to this condition. This includes simple, practical advice for how to relieve and/or prevent it. If you suffer from LBP, or have experienced it before, this site is for you! My aim is that visiting this site will make your life at least a bit easier.

Currently, this website is in its infancy, however, I do have big plans for it. Ultimately, I want Mylowerbackpain.com to be the authoritative LBP website in the world. That may sound lofty, however, where’s the fun in dreaming small!?

WHO is driving this thing?
Hi! I’m Jai, the human behind Mylowerbackpain.com. I also practice as an osteopath in Queensland, Australia. My other interests include playing tennis, riding my bike, going to the movies, and spending time with friends and family.

WHY am I qualified to write about lower back pain?
Whenever I visit an advisory website I usually skip straight to the ‘About’ section to scrutinize the author’s credentials. If they don’t have the formal qualifications and/or relevant industry experience I’m looking for, I’ll promptly move on. So how do I stand up to this test? Read on to find out!

• BSc(Biomed)
• Dip RM
• BAppSci(Osteo)
• M(Osteo)

Professional experience
As at January 2018 I have 8 years’ experience working in the healthcare industry (5 as a remedial massage therapist and 3 as a practising osteopath).

For the last 3+ years I have practiced as an osteopath in two large, multidisciplinary clinics in Australia. During this time, I have treated a range of musculoskeletal conditions including back and neck pain, repetitive strain injuries, headaches, sports injuries, joint/muscle pain and other conditions of this nature. Of all the conditions that I treat, LBP is the most common.

Personal experience
Another reason I have such a keen interest in this topic is because I have my own ongoing lower back problems. It wasn’t until I experienced firsthand the anguish associated with persistent pain, that I began devoting more time and energy into researching LBP. This gave me a far deeper appreciation of what my patients with this condition were going through. It’s the old ‘walk a mile in your patient’s shoes’, except that now they’re my shoes too! Since the onset of my LBP, I have spent thousands of dollars on different treatments and tried various types of exercises. These experiences have given me valuable insights into the treatment and management of this condition. That said, my sharing of these experiences is only a small part of what this website is about (this will be mainly in the blog component). I’m simply establishing that I have a genuine interest in LBP.

HOW does Mylowerbackpain.com work?
1. Presenting quality information and advice related to the treatment and management of LBP. This means drawing on evidence-based information from reliable sources such as peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as my own clinical experience.

2. Directing you to other great resources, whether it be websites, books or services (etc.). I have no intention to reinvent the wheel. If another person or organisation has better information on a topic, then let me direct you straight to them!

3. Bringing together those looking for quality LBP information, with those who have it. LBP (especially the ongoing or ‘chronic’ variety) is a complex condition. To maximise treatment outcomes, we need to address as many different aspects as possible, adopting a holistic treatment approach. With this in mind, Mylowerbackpain.com will feature contributions from a range of different healthcare professionals (and other experts). These contributions will discuss a variety of topics related to LBP and its treatment/management, including: exercise, nutrition, psychology, physical therapy, pharmacology and medical/surgical options. These contributions will take the form of articles, videos, interactive webinars, and eventually online and face-to-face courses.

4. Allowing your voice to be heard using the discussion forum. Whether it’s sharing something useful you find, or asking the community a question, the discussion forum is the place to be! This feature is coming soon .

BIG picture stuff
LBP, at its worst, can be really scary. It may cause extreme levels of pain and disability, potentially threatening your livelihood. It can also be a long-term burden, sucking the joy out of your life. Now, as I see it there is an abundance of quality information on LBP ‘out there’, however, I also think it’s unlikely to be found by most sufferers (at least in one place). Keep this in mind when reading the statements below.

To provide people with quality information that assists them in relieving or preventing LBP.

Purpose statements
1) Making quality LBP information readily accessible (one convenient location).
2) Presenting this information in a form that’s both easy to understand (simple) and apply (practical).
3) Providing reassurance and support to those affected by LBP.
4) Empowering individuals, allowing them to make better choices and achieve optimal health outcomes.

To be the world’s #1 dedicated LBP website both in terms of the quality of content and number of visitors.

Core Values
The core values of Mylowerbackpain.com are:
Compassion – A genuine desire to help people.
Quality – Site content is based on trustworthy sources (preferencing science-based information).
Integrity – Independent, unbiased and honest. (An uncompromising ‘no bull’ policy!)
Creativity – Constantly striving to do things better. Let the natural flair shine through!
Fun – Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine! 😉