The preceding sections, provided free of
charge, should have created a fundamental, basic, foundation of knowledge
about the spine, discs, and the origination of discogenic pain. In addition,
anyone familiar with the alternative explanations for back pain, will
have probably realized that they have come upon a source of understanding
herein that, more than anything they have previously read, adequately
explains the origins of their pain. The PRINCIPLES Sections (preceding
the actual instructions on how to accomplish the MANEUVERS
unique to The O'Connor Technique (tm))
describe principles, concepts, and elements common to nearly all of the
subsequent understandings essential to the management, treatment, and
prevention of back pain. These PRINCIPLES are important to comprehend
because they are pertinent to the understanding of the MANEUVERS one can
(and most probably will) learn to use to relieve discogenic pain. Treating
them repeatedly during a description of every MANEUVER would be redundant;
and, if their descriptions were only incorporated into the instructions
for a particular MANEUVER, it might give the impression that they pertained
largely or singularly to that particular MANEUVER. They are treated here
as a prelude to the directions on how to accomplish the MANEUVERS so that
the reader can become familiar enough with them, in advance, so as to
be more able to focus, later, on the specific MANEUVERS rather than having
to deal with the distraction of learning the associated devices and theory
common to nearly all MANEUVERS.
They are presented in easy to understand language with ample illustrations to clairfy the concepts which are undoubtedly foreign to the reader since they have never been presented anywhere else in the history of medical literature. Too, they were written from a perspective of a doctor who has had to communicate the same understanding to numerous patients so they can understand the basis for the oftentimes fear-producing prospect of having their painful spine's manipulated. Before anyone will let someone else tamper with a painful condition, they have to be convinced that the person preparing to do that knows what they are talking about and can substantiate their claims with common sense explanations. The author has done this for years and does it on a daily basis with patients. The PRINCIPLES sections were crafted with the cumulative experience acquired by being caused to explain these principles to lay persons competently enough to succeed in conveying that knowledge in a timely and understandable manner.
Whenever appropriate, the author has repeatedly endeavored to refresh the reader's memory as to these concepts during the descriptions of the MANEUVERS. The reader should plan on referring to the Informational Sections wherever and whenever it becomes necessary to fully comprehend the reasons and justification for any particular given movement instruction. This is facilitated by the webbook's design with links throughout the MANUEVERS section to the PRINCIPLES section so that if an explanation is necessary, it can be obtained by a simple mouse-click.
Since certain concepts rely upon a foundation of prior understanding, it was necessary to assemble the principles in a conceptual sequence to facilitate the learning process. The principles, are, by far and away, the most important general concepts applicable to the prevention and management of the overwhelming majority of discogenic back pain. So, they should predominate in the reader's armamentarium. These principles are not assembled in this fashion or made available anywhere else in the medical literature to the author's knowledge. They are essential because they provide the reader with the reasoning to justify all the body positions and postural movements as well as explain the anatomical structures and their relationship to the mechanical forces employed in The O'Connor Technique (tm)..
Like other sections of this webbook, the PRINCIPLES Section's full contents are available only by subscription membership or through purchase of the book:
The below cartoon typifies the content of material in the PRINCIPLES Section. If you are a back pain sufferer who has interfaced with the standard medical care model, there is a good chance that you may have encountered information that promotes some of the exercises depicted in the back pain school pictoral parody below. Obtaining The O'Connor Technique (tm) information will explain why the exercises, below as well as many others, (extracted from other back pain advice literature) are not beneficial and are more appropriately portrayed as being performed by clowns. It is this type of activity that can actually make back pain worse. The PRINCIPLES Section