The purpose of presenting this information is not to scare you, it is to inform you. As a physical therapist who specializes in manual techniques and effective self-care methods I have seen many, many patients with back pain who respond well to treatment, recover from pain and restore function. I have also seen patients who do not. Those, I believe, were due to impaired lumbar circulation. That is why I am obligated to inform patients of how important diet is with regards to chronic pain.

The take away here is that eating to nourish your body and protect your endothelial cells just may resolve your back pain (or joint pain or muscle pain). The good news is that while it took years to create the problem, improvement may be seen (and felt) in just weeks or months. No amount of medications, tests, or procedures will restore impaired circulation but- EATING A WHOLE FOODS PLANT-BASED DIET CAN!

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