March 3, 2016
written by Chris Wall
Lower back pain is an epidemic in our society today. If you don't have it, you know someone within arm's reach that does. This painful problem is a result of several factors.
This painful problem is a result of several factors...
1. poor posture
2. inflammation in the vertebral joints
3. inflammation in the sacroiliac joints
4. weakness in the muscles that create stabilization of the spine pelvis, torso (core), and bad nutrition, and possibly others
There are several variables that factor in to the "why" your back hurts.
The great news is that in most cases it can be fixed without surgical intervention.
In regards to structural alignment and how it relates to overall bio mechanical dysfunction, compensation, and pain: let's start with the following analogy: Say you have a vehicle that is supposed to get "X" fuel economy and is touted to have excellent performance. When the vehicle is new and everything is to the specifications of the manufacture, the vehicle performs like its designed to.
However, over time, all vehicles require various maintenance. What would happen if we neglected that maintenance? I'm sure you have driven a car that needs a front end alignment... While you certainly can still drive with this misalignment, it does have a negative effect on the vehicles fuel economy, performance and handling. As a consequence, because of the increased "work" and thereby power loss just to keep the vehicle going straight, you no longer have the fuel economy nor the performance the car is designed and capable of. Furthermore, it will wear down one tire, ball joint, and every other component on that side more than the other three due to the constant force that is pulling the car off center.
Inevitably, if this is not addressed and corrected, one would end up with a hefty repair cost replacing worn and damaged parts. Naturally one would rather take their vehicle to the mechanic to simply get a front end alignment and avoid such extensive repairs that are completely avoidable. The human body works in a very similar fashion. Unfortunately, when our misalignments are not addressed we not only experience decreased performance...we have dysfunction, inflammation, wear and tear, and inevitably...pain.
Not to mention; at least if you have to purchase new parts for your car, you can.
You only have one body.
While medical technology has allowed us to have certain "parts" replaced....they are never to the manufactures specifications, and certainly do not perform like the original.
Every joint has an optimal and "normal" range of motion. Every muscle has an optimal and "normal" length tension. The body is essentially comprised of a bunch of fulcrums and levers. When everything is where it is supposed to be by design, and the length tension of the muscles surrounding the joint are optimal...you have a very strong, stable, and dynamic machine. It is at a mechanical advantage, and is capable of doing really awesome things. It can lift, push and pull things. It can run, jump, and perform a myriad of athletic movements. When these joints are out of alignment and no longer possess the bio mechanical ability to move in their normal ranges of motion and the length tension of the muscles surrounding these joints are too tight or too long and weak, our machine is at a mechanical disadvantage and will experience inflammation, dysfunction, compensation, and pain. These principles can be applied to every single joint in the body and are part of the equation responsible for not only your back pain, but shoulder, knee, neck, foot pain, etc.
In addition to various misalignments throughout the musculoskeletal system, one of the biggest culprits of low back pain are significantly weak core muscles. The "core" muscles are made up of the following: Transversus Abdominus, Multifidus, Diaphragm, and the Pelvic Floor. Their job is to create segmental spinal stabilization (stabilization of each segment of the spine, ie. L4 vertebra on L5 vertebra, etc.) stabilization of the pelvis, as well as produce and regulate joint stiffness of the torso. In addition to creating this necessary stabilization of the spine, pelvis and torso, the inner unit / core, serves as a stable platform and foundation for the larger prime mover muscles to work off of. We are designed to be able to walk, jog, run, squat, lunge, bend, twist, push and pull things. To be able to do these things with efficiency, without pain, and to the amazing capacity the human body is designed for requires a strong core. To quote my mentor, Paul Chek...You can not fire a cannon from a canoe!
So how are these misalignments fixed? Much like you would take your vehicle in to a mechanic to assess what is out of alignment and have it corrected, I would advise an extensive musculoskeletal evaluation. At Trinity Holistic Health & Training, Inc., our practitioners do extensive evaluations that assess the entire musculoskeletal system and design corrective exercise programs that are tailored to the specific imbalances identified in our evaluations. We are a company comprised of physical therapist, corrective exercise kinesiologist, massage therapist, Pilates and yoga instructors.
-Chris J. Wall, BS, HHP
The following is a testimonial from one of our many clients whom we have helped with chronic low back pain:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the professionals at Trinity Holistic Health and Training for their guidance and inspiration. They have been instrumental in my multifaceted plan of recovery for a seriously herniated lumbar disk with hemorrhage on my spinal cord in which surgery was a very real prospect that I wanted to avoid at all cost.
I trusted them with this condition based on experience with their proven methods. I had previously referred my wife for strengthening work due to a diagnosed hip dysplasia condition that can easily lead to global hip replacement. Prior to working with Trinity she couldn't jog across the street to get the mail without pain. Now she is performing complex weight bearing resistance work, ballet workouts and yoga.
Now back to my condition. My disk pathology was so severe as to cause radicular hip joint pain which affected my gait. I was prepared for a minimum 2 year recovery that was cut in half with their techniques. We used a combination of holistic and western medicine approach to rehab this deficit. I received an in depth evaluation and then tailored monitored rehab sessions combined with a home routine that worked quite well with my thought process and lifestyle.
I have actually incorporated quite a number of the techniques into my medical practice for my own patients. This holistic well thought out approach to healing has been a Godsend to me and those who depend on me.
Kenneth Dunaway, PA-C
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