Low back pain is a common ailment that affects millions worldwide, often causing discomfort, limitations in mobility, and a significant impact on daily life. While it’s easy to attribute this to a specific incident or activity, the real cause of your back pain might surprise you.
In this blog, I’m sharing with you the shocking truth about why you have low back pain and giving you the simple strategy I use to help clients get rid of back pain once and for all.
The Scientific Reason You Have Low Back Pain
The lower back is a complex structure comprised of muscles, ligaments, bones, and intervertebral discs. Any disruption or strain in these components can lead to discomfort. While some back pain is the direct effect of an acute injury, the majority of low back pain develops gradually over time due to various factors such as:
- Poor Posture: Sitting or standing incorrectly for long periods can strain the muscles and ligaments in the lower back, leading to chronic hurt over time.
- Muscle Imbalances: Weakness or imbalance in the core muscles, particularly the abdominal and back muscles, can destabilize the spine, causing pain.
- Sedentary Lifestyle: Lack of physical activity weakens muscles and diminishes flexibility, making the back more susceptible to injury and discomfort.
- Herniated Discs: When the soft inner core of an intervertebral disc protrudes through the tough outer layer, it can compress nearby nerves, resulting in hurt.
- Structural Issues: Conditions like arthritis, spinal stenosis, or scoliosis can contribute to chronic low back pain.
- Compensatory Injury: The body has parts but these parts act in symphony. Something like an injured big toe can cause a limp which leads to lower back pain.
Debunking Common Misconceptions About Low Back Pain
Many misconceptions surround low back pain, leading to ineffective treatments or unnecessary fears. It’s crucial to address these misconceptions to better understand and manage this prevalent issue:
- Pain Severity Doesn’t Indicate Damage: Severe pain doesn’t always correlate with the extent of injury or damage. Sometimes, minor issues can cause intense pain, while significant problems might be relatively painless.
- Rest Isn’t Always the Best Solution: While resting for a short period can be beneficial, prolonged bed rest can weaken muscles and exacerbate the problem. Maintaining gentle movement and activity is often recommended for recovery.
- Painkillers Aren’t a Long-Term Fix: Relying solely on pain medication masks symptoms without addressing the root cause. It’s essential to combine medication with appropriate therapies for effective relief.
The Real Reason You Have Low Back Pain
We often think of ourselves as bodies with a spirit, however, after working with clients for 30 years as well as going through my own healing and self-growth journey, I believe we are spirits with a body.
So to heal, we have to heal at the spiritual level and not just put bandaids on the physical body.
While the physical therapy exercises I teach are very helpful, it’s best to get to the root energetic block that is causing the pain to resurface, which is the Root Chakra.
Start by asking yourself, “What in my life do I not feel safe and secure about?”
Generally speaking, this thing that is causing us stress now, links back to something in childhood or to a programming issue that keeps our brain wired to a specific thought pattern.
The Mind & Body Approach to Solving Low Back Pain
As you start to uncover and break apart this wound or belief system that is keeping you stressed, it is still important to integrate a rehab program for your lower back.
Movement is medicine. As a general rule, the body heals and thrives in movement. Rarely is doing nothing a good choice.
I recommend you start with gentle movement that honors the body’s healing process. Chi Gong is a great low-intensity exercise that can help heal the back plus, they have a meditative quality that can decrease stress.
Lastly, build resilience with this balanced stretching and strength training program that focuses on posture, muscular balance, and functionality.
Solving A QL Strain
While chronic low back pain is often linked to trauma or childhood programming, acute injuries can occur to cause low back pain.
The quadratus lumborum (QL) may be a lesser-known muscle, but its significance in supporting the lower back cannot be underestimated.
The QL is a deep muscle located in the lower back, and plays a crucial role in stabilizing the spine and pelvis during movement. Specifically, the QL is in charge of lateral flexion and hiking the hip up and down.
QL strains often arise from sudden movements, poor posture, repetitive motions, or lifting heavy objects incorrectly. Activities involving twisting or bending, especially without proper warm-up or conditioning, can strain the QL muscle.
Athletes, particularly those in sports requiring sudden directional changes or extensive core engagement, are also susceptible to QL strains. However, most people injure the QL just from sitting in a chair for an extended time (think desk job), causing the hips to get tight.
Watch the video below to see how to rehab the QL through myofascial release, stretches, and specific rehab exercises.
Low back pain is a prevalent issue with multifaceted origins, and its management requires a comprehensive approach that goes beyond mere symptom alleviation. Understanding the root causes, debunking myths, and adopting a holistic approach to treatment and prevention empower individuals to effectively manage and mitigate the impact of low back pain on their lives. If you need more guidance on healing your low back, set up a discovery call with me and I can get you back to enjoying your life.