Lower Back Pain: Not Just Tight Muscles

Here are some shots of me wrapping up Friday last week with another awesome patient, Patrick! 

Patrick is a muscle activation therapist (MAT) and fitness buff. That being said, he is very active and demands a lot out of his body. He comes in for regular sessions to keep his body supported. I am happy to say I've had him work on me as well and he's fantastic. (www.furieusfitness.com)

One incredibly common complaint among patients that come in is lower back pain, so I thought I'd share some shots from my treatment with Patrick to explain one common finding/approach to lower back pain or stiffness.

Oftentimes, patients feel that their lower back is very restricted and tight, and the back extensor muscles are tight. Over time these over contracted back muscles can even lead to disc pinching and injury. 

Many current treatment modalities and approaches focus on releasing those tight back muscles. However, with our tool of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing, we know that in the majority of cases, tight muscles are actually caused by WEAK muscles in another area of the body. If the weak muscles are not facilitated, the tight muscles will return time and time again. In many lower back pain cases, those weak muscles are the abdominals.

The abdominal muscles are often both shut off (neurologically not firing) and are functionally weak (haven't been exercised well), for many reasons including misalignments in the spine, poor posture, lack of good exercise, even misalignment cranium (skull) bones, etc, but did you know that these muscles are actually related to the small intestine organ?

This means that poor diet, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, and intestinal inflammation or disease can cause chronically inhibited abdominal muscles. This leads to chronically tight lower back muscles. 

This is one of THE major reasons that people experience chronic lower back pain! This is why it's important to find a practitioner who takes a holistic approach to musculoskeletal pain. With my patients, I not only check their spinal alignment and muscular functioning, but I also check their intestinal valves and GI organs for any necessary treatment. I work on the intestinal system both during the treatment, and afterwards by giving the patient any necessary supplements to support GI health, identifying food sensitivities that they need to avoid, and more. 

This holistic and comprehensive approach to lower back pain often results in longer lasting and resolution of lower back pain at its core.

Thanks Patrick for coming in and being proactive about your health. I look forward to seeing everyone in the office tomorrow Monday!