Is Back Pain a Part of Aging?

Is back pain a part of aging? I get this question all the time. What is interesting is how many doctors and therapists ask me the same question. While it does feel like the older we get, the more back pain we endure. Back pain is the most common ailment I see from my clients over 40. The cause of it has little to do with their age. It has more to do with their movements or lack thereof.

Causes of Back Pain

Barring a trauma to your back, most back pains do not start as a back problem. Back pain and subsequent disc damage comes from your posture, how you walk, shoes you wear, and inflexibility of the hips and/or neck. Think about this for a moment. Your back is made up of 26 vertebrae with disc in-between. These bones cannot apply pressure without the use of your muscles. Damage to discs and nerves is the result of muscle pressure, not a bone that moves on its own.

Low Back Pain

If you sit most of the time, chances are the front of your thighs and/or inner thighs have shortened and you will feel morning back stiffness or stiffness when you get up out of a chair. I always chuckle a little when I see people wearing an elastic back brace to support their back. Not laughing to be mean but the silliness of someone telling them, this will help your back. Even if you use the brace and lift things properly, back stiffness can still occur. This happens because the upper front thigh muscles tighten from the lifting which can pull the pelvis forward causing a kink in your low back. The inner thighs can do the same thing. This is how it started for many older people that walk bent over. Now they have a form of arthritis, but that wasn’t always the case. To see my free videos got to

Most practitioners are all taught to focus on the symptoms and not the cause. Most doctors and therapists don’t have the time to study the mechanical movements of each person due to their caseloads.. So when your back hurts, the practitioners’ focus is on stopping the pain by drugs, braces, deep tissue massage, or strength training. All of these can help short-term, but make it worse, long term.

Upper Back

The biggest surprise about the upper back and neck is the pain can be caused by the way you walk. When your ankles only bend to 90 degrees, you will lead with your head putting a lot of pressure on your mid-back and lower neck. Few people ever think to look at the ankles when dealing with back or neck pain. Your feet should feel as soft as your hands and the ankles should bend at least to 110 degrees. This will allow the toes of the back foot to push you forward. This too can prevent head forward posture. To learn more got to

Things to Ponder

Here are some things to think about if you are experiencing back pain. Does you back hurt more when you stand for long periods of time, walk for a little distance, or when getting up out of a chair or bed? Chances are, it is your thighs, front or inner, and not your back.

Does your back hurt if you sit too long and you feel a need to stand up to stop the pain? Chances are the back of your thighs and calves are too tight. If your neck and mid-back hurt, check your stride, are your shoulders rounded in, or is your head leaning forward? Usually, the chest muscles are too short, the front of your neck is short, or your stride is too short and that sets off the chest and neck to cause the pain.

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