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This approach has helped tens of thousands of back pain sufferers to return to active movement and a pain-free life. 


You can be next.

Let Kit Laughlin – founder of Stretch Therapy – help you overcome back pain. Based on his own long-term experiences with back pain, drawing from the international best-seller Overcome neck & back pain (now in its 4th edition – more below) and 30 years of clinical practise, these products can really help you overcome back pain.

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  • Can be used when you are in pain; ideal for chronic or recurring back pain.
  • Beginner difficulty level; no prior knowledge necessary.
  • No equipment needed, apart from chair and cushion.

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  • Help your clients overcome back pain.
  • 14 exercises demonstrated with detailed instructions.
  • Use exercises as diagnosis – and treatment.

Kit Laughlin presents rational physiologic and anatomically correct methods for safe and effective stretching. He uses his mastery of Eastern practices such as Yoga, distils their benefits, and combines them with his own highly effective techniques. The results are a series of modern stretching and strengthening exercises which effectively isolate and address all muscle groups. This enables concentrated workouts which can help prevent and overcome painful conditions.

I have personally used Mr. Laughlin’s stretching exercises for a year and they remain a staple of my conditioning routine. I also refer Mr. Laughlin’s books and videos to my own patients in the emergency room, who often present to me with their own end results of years of de-conditioning and neglect.

Eric Roter MD – Kaiser Permanente Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

I had the opportunity to do the first four stretches of your newest program, Overcome Back Pain, this weekend and was completely blown away! I didn’t realize how much tension I was carrying and was incredibly relaxed after just 15 minutes of seated stretches. I went to bed in an already dream-like state and slept better than I have in years. I awoke feeling refreshed, relaxed and more at ease in my body.

I guess I didn’t realize how much more asymmetrical my body had become from carrying around my 25 pound daughter on my right hip. But the craziest thing was, when I looked in the mirror, I looked 10 years younger!  Thank you so much for putting this program together, I can’t wait to try the other stretches!

Robin Truxel – tru Pilates, USA

Forthcoming in the Overcome series:

  • Beyond back pain – the next step, once your pain is resolved
  • Bulletproof back – for those who need superior lower back function and strength

Overcome neck & back pain

Book – DVD Update – Relaxation Script 

The book Overcome Neck & Back Pain, now in its 4th edition, presents a comprehensive self-help exercise-based approach to treating these problems.

This is the book that started a revolution in treating neck, middle and lower back problems—and a method that explicitly recognises the necessity of the patient being actively involved in the treatment.

How to purchase

Print version

Available from Amazon

Downloadable PDF version

Screen resolution – it is not suitable for printing. Available here

DVD Update

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This downloadable product is the full sound and video stream from the Update DVD. The Update is DRM-free, meaning you can put it on any of your devices and keep it for offline viewing.

The 81 minute UPDATE has the latest exercises and the new variations that Kit and the team have put together.

We now have the best hip flexor stretch – which can even be done by people when their backs are sore. This exercise alone is a major breakthrough. As well, the Standing Leg Length test is filmed there, too.

Relaxation Script

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This recording is the entire Relaxation script from chapter 10 of the book Overcome Neck & Back Pain, with the soothing sounds of the Pacific Ocean in the background, recorded on a quiet day on the rocks at Palm Beach.

The script takes you through the whole body, part by part, to leave you feeling completely relaxed, and is voiced by Kit Laughlin.

A long time ago when I joined the Army I quickly developed pains in my lower back. Hauling packs, logs, truck tyres etc up and down the hills behind Duntroon is apparently not that conducive to a healthy back. I bought your book, and through a steady routine of stretching and strengthening I have never had similar pain since.

I still regularly do the stretches you advocate, and have given your book to friends and family with back complaints, repeatedly leaving myself without a copy.

Recently I tweaked my neck and was left with pains in my forearm. I bought yet another copy of your book, this time the revised version. The chart in the front of the book showing the stretches for tightness and pains in specific parts of the body immediately showed me where the problem could be and what might help. I’m happy to report that after just one week the stiffness in my forearm has decreased dramatically and I will hopefully have full use of it back shortly.

I also have inflammatory arthritis in both knees that I have often thought is connected to a tightness in my calves that I just could not seem to release no matter what I did. The abovementioned chart has also shown me a new stretch that exactly hits that muscle. It is early days, but my legs are feeling better than they have in many years.

Thank you for your work. It has proven to be of great benefit to me. I wish you all the best.

Nick Pannell – Australia

From the Fit Executive in the Financial Times

By Charles Wallace

Remedies for back pain that help avoid the surgeon’s knife

Our unsymmetrical bodies are the issue, not disc deformity

June 27, 2016

A member of my family came to me recently with the distressing news that they were about to undergo a surgical procedure to relieve back pain. The doctor, he assured me, had showed him the images of an MRI scan that clearly indicated degeneration of spinal discs and said that this was the cause of his discomfort.

Yet, having gone ahead with the procedure, it has so far done little to relieve the pain. I was reminded of this when I spoke to Kit Laughlin, an Australian expert in physiology and the causes of back ache. He noted that a 1994 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that MRIs of 97 people with no back pain showed that a majority nonetheless had visible disc problems, such as a protrusion or a bulge, and 38 per cent had these problems in more than one disc.

The study concluded that “the discovery by MRI of bulges or protrusions in people with low back pain may frequently be coincidental”. In other words, it is often not the discs that are causing the pain, even though they may look terrible. To which Mr Laughlin adds: “Diagnostic technology can’t see soft structures like muscles, nerves or fascia and that’s why so many back operations are so spectacularly unsuccessful.”

To counter this, he has produced a new version of his book Overcome Neck and Back Pain, to which I have referred before in a column about joint flexibility. The book outlines a conservative approach to back pain management that sufferers could consider before trying a surgical solution, such as the fusion of vertebrae.

Mr Laughlin’s view is that only about 1 per cent of back pain sufferers have spinal deformities that require surgical intervention. One way to tell is if you have good days when back pain diminishes, alongside bad days when pain is relatively intense. Such situational pain often means the cause is something other than discs.

One of the things I admire about Mr Laughlin is that at 63 he is not afraid to admit that he too suffers from aches and pains, including bouts of backache, such as when he recently threw his back into spasm stepping off an 8cm kerb in a car park. The trick is knowing how to fix the problem.

His big insight is that people think their bodies are symmetrical, but frequently they are not. One side is usually tighter or more flexible than the other. This applies not just to the upper body, which might be expected from using one hand more than the other, but also to the lower body. In fact, he notes that almost 50 per cent of the population has one leg physically longer than the other, which can easily be fixed with a heel insert.

Mr Laughlin says golfers often suffer from back pains related to the fact that their sport requires them to swing their bodies around the axis of rotation in only one direction many times a year and they become unbalanced. Similarly, boat crews move one shoulder in a wider arc than the other when rowing.

The answer to many of these muscle problems, which he demonstrates in his book and videos, is to gently stretch muscles until they relax on the overly tight side and to build up with exercise muscles that are too loose on the correspondingly weak side.

He adds that you should only stretch when your body is warm, preferably before the evening meal, and only twice a week, to allow the body to heal.

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