The Negotiation

The Negotiation 

“The negotiation” is a section in my joint project, Gift of Injury, with Dr. Stuart McGill (2017), that depicts a talk between the athlete and the professor. Getting (back) pain-free is just that – a process. Each goal and the respective method will look different depending on many variables. In this article, I will give some insight into how I work with my clients who reach out and explain what I mean by ‘negotiation.’

Each client is unique 

Each client has a unique injury and, therefore, unique injury mechanisms that cause back pain. Taking a program constructed for a much different injury and trying to follow it is a shot in the dark at best. There is no one size fit’s all program. This is one inherent problem with physical therapy, aka physiotherapy. Most PTs will follow a cookie-cutter template, with insufficient time with the client/patient to address the root cause. Some people will respond to seemingly minor to no time off and recover. Others will stay in pain for years. At worst, it’s a great way to injure someone not ready for such progressions further.

Each relationship and approach I have is unique to the client. I deal with type-A personalities, which you must hold back to keep from overtraining; juxtaposed to type-B clients, you have to motivate to do even a little bit. With both types of personalities, they will have to give up some, if not all, of their current exercise program. Why? They are most likely hurting DUE to their current workout or endeavor. This is where the negotiations come in. What are you willing to give up to regain your robustness? Each person will have to pay a special price – the piper has to be paid! 

The art of coaching 

Coaching is an art. You have to know when to push and when to pull back. You have to make sure the client’s goals are reasonable and achievable with your help. If not, then it’s doomed from the start. It takes time to heal a back (years, but it doesn’t mean they’ll be in pain), and I know this from going through it ten years ago. The concepts we preach (found in Back Mechanic) are simple in many cases, i.e., remove the cause but more challenging to commit to. 

Keeping the client on track is half the battle

Keeping the client focused on THEIR recovery, and not what anybody else does, has done, or will do, is of utmost importance! If the client is in a rush to return from their injury or is too worried about the latest trends or what their uncle did for their therapy, they will most likely fail. You cannot promise anyone success; they have to do the work!

For those looking for help and would like to reach out and book a consult, you can do so HERE. 

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Brian is a retired world-class powerlifter with over two decades of world-class powerlifting. From 1999 to 2020, Brian Carroll was a competitive powerlifter, one of the most accomplished lifters in the sport's history. Brian started off competing in bench press competitions 'raw,' then, shortly into the journey, he gravitated toward equipped lifting as there were no "raw" categories then. You only had to choose from single-ply (USPF) and Multi-ply (APF/WPC). Brian went on to total 2730 at 275 and 2651 at 242 with more than ten times his body weight in three different classes (220, 242, 275), and both bench pressed and deadlifted over 800 pounds in two other weight classes. He's totaled 2600 over 20 times in 2 different weight classes in his career. With 60 squats of 1000lbs or more officially, this is the most in powerlifting history, regardless of weight class or federation, by anyone not named David Hoff. Brian realized many ups and downs during his 20+ years competing. After ten years of high-level powerlifting competition and an all-time World Record squat at 220 with 1030, in 2009, Brian was competing for a Police academy scholarship. On a hot and humid July morning, Brian, hurdling over a barricade at 275lbs, landed on, fell, and hurt his back. After years of back pain and failed therapy, Brian met with world-renowned back specialist Prof McGill in 2013, which changed his trajectory more than he could have imagined. In 2017, Brian Carroll and Prof McGill authored the best-selling book about Brian's triumphant comeback to powerlifting in Gift of Injury. Most recently (10.3.20) -Brian set the highest squat of all time (regardless of weight class) with 1306 lbs – being the first man to break the 1300lb squat barrier at a bodyweight of 303 lbs.
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