Too many times back pain is treated as if the back just started hurting out of the blue. Some believe they were born with a bad back, while others thinks it is age related. It does seem the back can just start hurting for no reason, but usually there is a cause for the pain and seldom is it the actual back. Some of you have had back surgeries or getting injections for back pain. There have been actual damage at the time of surgery, but it didn’t start out that way. Think about your car for a minute. if the front end is out of alignment, in the beginning you may feel the car drifting to one side or the other. If you continue to drive without aligning the front,your front tires may wear uneven.If you continue drive and just replace the tires, the control arms will wear out and now you re looking at a $1500 repair on most cars. In relationship to your body, the muscles in your legs get tight from movement or lifting things, heavy or not. At first your back feels stiff when you get up in the morning or after you have been sitting for a while. Most of us pass it off as just getting older, then we take a pain reliever, use a heating pad ,or ice. Then it relieves itself and you think you are fine. So you go back do similar things that cause your back stiffen again. Once you have done this several times, you start to believe it is just a sign of getting older and your friends will back up. Before you know it,you start getting a numbness down a leg or arm. Now you get scared and call a doctor. He may see some future issues through an x-ray or MRI, but he sends you to physical therapy. There you are taught how to strengthen your back muscles and some traditional stretching.it relieves the pain and you go back and similar things again that hurt your back the first time. You think that PT fixed your back so there is no correlation that what you are doing is causing the back pain. Healthcare practitioners are trying to help you, but they have been taught to treat the symptoms and not the cause. You have taught that age is a major cause of back pain or that some people are just born with a bad back.Sometimes the latter is true if they have a birth defect. I have read that across America, back surgery is successful in total relieve of pain less than 50% of the time. Why is that? Why is back pain the #1 reason people visit a doctor?
The problem is we are trained to go to the site of the pain. Next we are trained to look at the bones and not the muscles, and if we do have any training with the muscles, it is only dealing with the physical side of the muscles. Your muscles are as much emotional as they are physical. Physically you can strain or tear a muscle. Emotionally, your brain controls every movement you muscles make. Think about when have had back pain and you start to get up out of a chair. The first you do is get up slowly as your brain is looking for the pain to happen. The brain will contract the muscles trying to limit the pain. That is your brain’s job, the fight or flight syndrome. When our ancestors were chased by Saber Tooth Tigers, their brains told them to run! Pain cause the same reaction by contracting the muscles.This is good in the short term, but long term it can make the pain worse. Typically low back pain is caused by tight inner thighs or thigh muscles. Upper back pain is caused by tight chest and neck muscles. In my next post I will dive deeper into how this happens and what you can do to relieve it naturally without drugs, braces, or surgery. I have been this for 13 years and have helped hundreds of people to avoid surgery and stop their pain. Are you ready to learn the truth about your back pain?