Low back pain, can’t find relief! Find out why?

Low back pain, we have all suffered a tweak or two here and there at one time or another, haven’t you?

According to American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons about four out of five adults will experience low back pain sometime in their lives.

80% of people over the age of 30 will experience it and 30% of those will have recurring problems. So it makes it the most frequent cause of lost work days in adults under the age of 45.

It becomes chronic if it last more than a month or keeps coming back since the irritation. The cause does not have to be an enigma. Folks that have physically demanding  jobs are not the only ones at risk, athletes to those who work all day at a computer or even the weekend gardener, can be affected.

A broad range of environmental, physical and physiological factors can cause your pain. 

Most likely it originates from mechanical causes such as:
Repetitive Strain
General Lack of core stability
Bio-mechanical imbalances
Poor posture
“Lower Cross Syndrome”

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Have you looked in the mirror lately and noticed an increased curve to your lower back?   Your pelvis is tilted forward (it could be very slight). This tilting is caused by pain, pathology or adaptive changes in the musculoskeletal system and the result is compensation or adaptation that leads to patterns of muscle imbalance.  Your hips are tight, the abdominal and bottom (glutes) muscles are weak and your hamstrings will be chronically tight. This could mean you have lower cross syndrome.

To fully understand the reason as to why there is a muscle imbalance, we need to understand the concept that when a muscle is in a shortened or tightened state ( prolonged sitting and poor postures) for long periods of time, it causes the weakening of muscles on the opposite side of the body. This is referred as the “automatic reflex inhibition” by the brain (the neuromuscular control is altered).

It can develop from a number of scenarios such as chronic repetitive actions such as running. Sports injuries or injuries that never healed properly can lead to pathology. Also inaction to your pain can have a negative impact on the body’s mechanics. Pain, pathology, or adaptive changes can lead to patterns of muscle imbalance that can lead to situation of lower cross syndrome.

How the appropriate treatment can help!
In severe cases, it is advisable to seek medical attention and get a doctor’s OK to receive therapeutic massage, Once a doctor rules out a disc injury, a neuromuscular massage therapist that specializes in pain relief can help you by working on areas of restriction (like the muscles of your lower back if you are experiencing an exaggerated curve of the lumbar spine), mobilizing the hip joints to increase your range of motion, and working on associated muscles that may be contributing to your pain. In the initial assessment, your specialist can observe when you are sitting, standing or walking if you have lower cross syndrome.

Your neuromuscular therapist can also help you by suggesting stretches, postural changes, or other self-care techniques that can help address the ongoing contributing factors of your low back pain.  Does this sound like you and your search for relief. You have found it here reserve your consultation today!

Core baby core, improve your core! Self help tip:  To help with Lower cross syndrome the following excercise can be incorporated into your current routine to strengthen your core!

The Bridge exercise

Follow these steps to perform the Bridge exercise:

1.    Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, approximately hip distance apart.

Your feet should be in a comfortable position — not too close to your butt and not too far away. You should be able to easily find the Neutral Spine. Experiment with different placements of your feet to find the best fit.

2.    Inhale: Take a deep breath in, expanding into your back and your lungs.

3.    Exhale: Keeping your torso in one flat piece, press your feet into the mat and squeeze your butt as you lift your hips up off the mat.

Come up high enough that your body makes a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Don’t press up so high that you can’t see your knees.

4.    Inhale: Maintain the Bridge position.

5.    Exhale: Still holding the bridge, think of knitting your ribs down to your belly, squeeze your butt, and try to lengthen through the front of your hips.

6.    Inhale: Hold the Bridge position.

7.    Exhale: Maintain Neutral Spine as you come back down to the mat.

Complete 5 repetitions. Transition by bringing your knees into your chest to relax your back. Put one hand on each knee and slowly roll up to a sitting position.

Did you find this article helpful? Please consider sharing it. If you have any suggestions that have worked for you leave a comment it may help someone else! 

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, 2002
“Fast Facts on Back Pain.” North American Spine Society-A Non-Profit Corporation. Date Retrieved: May 11, 2007
Meta-Analysis: Acupuncture for Low Back Pain, Eric Manheimer, MS; Adrian White, MD, BM, BCh; Brian Berman, MD; Kelly Forys, MA; and Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, April 19, 2005, Volume 142 Issue 8, Pages 651-663.


8 thoughts on “Low back pain, can’t find relief! Find out why?

  1. This is a must read. So glad I stopped by and now know what to do for my low back pain. The Bridge excercise looks easy enough. This explains everything I need to know. Thank you!
    ~ Debra

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