Few people, who love the game of golf and follow professional golf, would argue that we’d all love to see Tiger Woods next tournament be The Masters. But according to most experts, they’ve all but written off the possibility of that happening this year, or any year for that matter.
According to Dan Wetzel’s Recent article in Yahoo, while it would be killer to see Tiger at the Masters, most people are at best complacent about the whole thing and have almost forgotten that Tiger is even on the PGA map.
That’s a tragic shame. Why? Because those of us who’ve followed Tiger’s career since his early days 20 years ago, witnessed a transformation of the game of golf from a lazy man’s afternoon to an exciting and often physical sport. Too physical? Perhaps. Those who play the game can’t deny the power that it takes to hit a 375 yard drive. It takes a tremendous amount of skill, strength, motion and agility, and quite likely over the years it simply took its toll on Tiger Woods. At 41 years of age there’s perhaps too much damage to his back and too many surgeries to ever make it back to the level of play that he achieved for so many years.
But as someone who has suffered in the past from a major lower back injury and resulting chronic back and hip pain for almost 3 years, I can offer Tiger a solution – albeit a radical one.
This is of course where many of you may tune out and write it off as quackery or nonsense. But I can assure you I’m in earnest. So if you are a “learn it all” like me, versus a “know it all,” then all you have to do is keep an open mind.
I’m sharing this information because, in my personal chronic pain journey, traditional medicine failed miserably. So miserably in fact, that I became completely disenchanted with our Canadian healthcare system. And it’s certainly not that I didn’t give it every chance.
Over a period of 2 ½ years here’s what I experienced: I met with the chief of orthopedic surgery for the famed Toronto General Hospital. I met with the orthopedic surgeon for the highly regarded Cleveland Clinic, who among other duties treats our Olympic athletes. I underwent 3 MRIs, bone scans, several blood tests, nerve conduction tests, several standing and lying down x-rays and numerous visits to other GP’s and even acupuncture therapy. What did all of this do for me? Nothing. What did the tests reveal? Well the gist of it is is that I broke my ankle while walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain back in 2004.
At the time I thought it was just a sprained ankle. But it turned out that it never healed properly. I couldn’t afford a doctor at the time. I simply iced it for a few days and kept on walking. In fact, after breaking the ankle, I continued to walk 600 km to reach Santiago de Compostela and then on to the coast of Spain to a place called Finisterre. The total journey was 1,000kms but I walked more than half of it on a broken ankle. This severely changed my gate – the way I walk. Eventually, like a stone dropped into a pool of water, it created a ripple effect throughout the rest of my body. 10 years later, it had a tremendously adverse effect on my entire system. Severe chronic pain became normal for me and a regiment of dangerous and addictive painkillers made their way into my system over too long a period of time.
I may be going out on in here but I’m guessing that this is not unlike what Tiger Woods is experiencing in his life at the moment – flat out chronic pain.
Here’s the problem. In our advanced North American society, we’ve come to rely on commonly accepted medical practices to treat chronic pain. This includes painkillers, surgery, physiotherapy, various medical equipment treatments and even chiropractic treatments. But I can categorically state that this is not always the answer.
What I’ve learned is; that chronic pain lives, not just in the area that hurts, but it lives in the brain as well. That’s right, it literally finds a place in the brain to reside. Because of the massive cost of treatment and the vast prevalence of chronic pain in our society, there is now an encouraging movement afoot in the fields of neuroscience and how the brain plays a role in chronic pain. But we’re still in the early days.
Having said that, there are actual neural exercises that you can do now to essentially transfer the chronic pain from the area it lives in the brain to somewhere else or even move it out completely. Its called “chronic pain transference therapy.” Sure that might sound a little crazy, but I am living proof that with a little bit of time, a deep commitment to a positive outcome, and the right exercise, chronic pain can literally get up and leave, for good. Will it work for everyone? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
And if Tiger is open to a little guidance, then I might suggest to him an exercise that worked wonders for me. It’s not a physical exercise so there is no danger to anyone who tries it and it doesn’t take much time – only 20 min a day. There is no special equipment to purchase and it’s fairly easy to learn, understand and do.
The only problem is, you actually have to do it and be committed to it. And the good news is you don’t actually have to believe that will work. That would certainly help, but it’s not entirely necessary. In fact, I didn’t believe that it would work. But it did.
The only mandatory requirement is a little self-discipline to do it every day at the same time. I chose 7 AM. You have to find a place to be by yourself where no one can interrupt you.
What is this seemingly miracle exercise? That’s the big problem, I can’t actually tell you. Well, I could try but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t work. I have to show you and walk you through it. The reason for this is, it’s a very specific exercise and it has to be done based on extremely clear instructions. Clarity is power. You literally you have to understand not only how to do the exercise but the energy and the science behind it. In other words, the explanation and set up process is far too specific to share in this post. It has to be done face-to-face. That’s how it was done with me and I because of this, I truly understand why it is this way.
Mr. Tiger Woods, if by chance you find this post and are reading it, it was written for you.
I want you to return to the game, and I want you to win. Not because I need you to win, but because you like to win and so do I. Just like I win in my business. Just like you used to win in golf and desire to make a reality again. Just like I did in my music career for 20 years and just like I will continue to do for the rest of my life. My health and my ability to carry out the things I want to do is integral to every single positive outcome that I want to create in my life. This goes double for you Mr. Woods.
Tiger Woods, your next tournament should be 4 months from the time I show you how to do this exercise. If you do it with the self-discipline that you’ve shown in the past, then it shouldn’t take any longer than 4 months to rid yourself of the pain that you are experiencing. In fact, in about 15 days from the start of the exercise, you should be able to move better and