Most of us have had or heard someone that has complained about ‘lower back pain’, ‘back pain’ or a ‘pain in their back’. The World Health Organisation reports that 80% of people have suffered low back pain sometime in their life, while 70% of the world’s population will have at least once disabling episode of low back pain.
Most people will recover within 2 weeks but reoccurrence is frequent and has been reported in 40-70% of cases. Some cases of low back pain are severe for example a prolapsed disc but generally low back pain is acute and non specific.
General characteristics of acute non specific low back pain:
- Gereral ache across the lower back
- Pain in the right lower back or left lower back
- Radiating pain into the buttocks or down the leg
- Stiffness especially when getting out of bed
- Decreased range of motion
- Inability to bend forward or backwards
- Inability to stand straight
Why do so many of us suffer from lower back pain?
The answer may be found in the anatomy of the lower back. The vertebrae of the lower back are the biggest and strongest in the body. The lower back (lumbar vertebrae) and the pelvis, together, are designed to be the primary weight bearing area, a stable base of support for the upper and lower body.
When our stability muscles are all balanced and functioning optimally it gives us a strong base of support and lets us move with maximal efficiency. Unfortunately these days with long hours sitting at a desk behind a computer, increase in a sedentary lifestyle, increase in stress levels and a poor diet and nutrition we have caused many imbalance within the most important muscles in our body.
When the muscle balance in our body is compromised there are always muscles being overworked and compensate for the ones that aren’t functioning properly. These muscles start to pull on the lumbar vertebrae and pelvis therefore changing the whole biomechanics of the body. Unfortunately this change only further weakens the body and can lead to muscle strains and trigger point activations locally surrounding the low back, or even higher in the neck or lower in the knee.
How can an Optimum Muscular Health Myotherapist help you?
As back pain usually occurs over time we believe looking at your lifestyle, work habits, posture and recreational activities is the first step in finding the cause of your low back pain.
Conducting an in depth postural analysis of your lower back, pelvis and surrounding structures as well as relevant muscle testing will help us identify areas of weakness, and overuse.
Our treatment will focus on restoring muscle balance to your body, naturally via muscle manipulation, thus relieving tension from muscles affecting joint structures of the lower back and pelvis and bringing you back to normal posture.
Finally, we will advise you on strengthening exercises, stretches, nutrition and changes in work posture to help maintain balance in your body to prevent any recurrence.