22 responses to “Finding a Cure for Back Pain at Rancho La Puerta”

  1. Donna Hull

    The back courses at Rancho La Puerta sound amazing. As one who experiences constant twinges in her back, I can relate to your excitement in finding a way to deal with back issues. I've attended posture therapy classes on a sporadic basis. Your post reminds me to find a way to fit them into my daily schedule.

  2. Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

    Well done! You have found the mother lode. Few people believe me when I tell them that structured rehab is the way to relief — nothing whatsoever to do with what we know as physical therapy — the ice, stim routine. Sounds like you found what you needed! More coming when my book, THE FRAGILE COLUMN: How to Outsmart the Hundred Billion Dollar Back Pain Industry and Get On the Road to Recovery is published by Crown in 2011.


    1. Doris Carlson

      Hi Cathryn,

      I was called and contributed info to your book THE FRAGILE COLUMN. My info was recorded about my experience at LASER in Tampa FL. Looking forward to reading it. Do I get a book free?
      I am surprised it is taking so long to get it published.

      Doris Carlson

  3. NoPotCooking

    Wow this all sounds amazing! I would love to go here!

  4. Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi

    I've found neuromuscular therapy to be an amazing way to deal with pain. Glad you've found it too!

  5. Melanie Haiken

    Cathryn, thanks so much for the compliment, means a lot coming from someone with your expertise. I'm eagerly awaiting your book!

  6. Melanie Haiken

    Melanie, can you tell me more about the neuromuscular therapy you've found helpful? I'm still working my way through the various treatment methodologies!

  7. Sheryl

    Quite impressive and so happy that you found such a helpful way in dealing with back issues. This sounds like an amazing place – one I'd love to visit some time.

  8. Jennifer Margulis

    How much did your stay at the ranch cost, Melanie? Or was it a sponsored trip? This sounds AMAZING I just don't know how I could afford it…

  9. Christine

    This sounds great. I had horrible chronic pain in the spring, from a pinched nerve. it went away after a few months thanks to some PT, but living with chronic pain until then was not fun!

  10. MyKidsEatSquid

    I'm so glad I haven't battled back pain yet–my grandmother had scoliosis, so I try to pay attention to my posture. I'd love to read more about the therapies mentioned here, thanks for the links.

  11. Living Large

    This sounds awesome. My back has always bothered me, but I had an accident last week and it's been worse. Wish I could try this!

  12. Merr

    Healing, self-loving and peaceful – that's how all this sounds. What a wonderful way to tend to the body.

  13. Stephanie - Wasabimon.com

    Damn, I would LOVE to go to one of these retreats. Someday!

  14. Melanie Haiken

    It is very expensive, though at one point I sat down with a calculator and added up what I would have paid for all these therapies and this amount of instruction in so many disciplines and all of a sudden it seemed quite reasonable! I was there with a group of travel bloggers, but I do have many friends who make a yearly pilgrimage and count it as part of their health maintenance budget.

  15. Susan Johnston

    I'm fortunate not to have this issue, but it sounds like a great way to relieve pain. It must be SUCH a relief to finally discover something that works for you.

  16. Casey@Good. Food. Stories.

    Found myself straightening my posture unconsciously as I read this piece – I hope Nathan's techniques are helping you beyond the ranch!

  17. sarah henry

    Take me next time, take me! My back will thank you.

  18. chiropractor

    Rancho El Puerta is a great destination for medical travels. They have a chiropractor clinic and a wellness spa.

  19. Relief From Back Pain

    That’s a pretty nice post, i was reading something related on another web page not too long ago that essentially said the same thing although yours is better,
    plus its good to have some validation on seeing two sources agree.

  20. xlpharmacy

    Does the spa still offer the Healthy Back and Bar Method programs? I’ve read that they also offer activities like hiking, yoga, Pilates, HydroFit, and circuit training.

  21. Melanie HAIKEN

    Rancho La Puerta offers an incredible array of activities; some are always available and others change depending on who’s teaching that week. They always have yoga, pilates, and some back therapy programs such as foam roller. Some of the more specialized back programs may not be offered every week, so call ahead and ask. And yes, they do offer water fitness classes, circuit training, hiking, dance, and many other fitness activities.

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