The Root Cause of Low Back Pain
The best way to stop low back pain is by identifying the root cause of the problem and fixing it. Taking pain killers, resting, icing, wearing braces, etc will never fix your low back and are, at best, very mediocre solutions. I fully understand how a person would grasp at any straw to help get out of pain, but they key is to understand the fundamental issues behind the pain and deal with them head on. Otherwise, the pain will only continue and likely, get worse and worse over time.
In my experience, people experience chronic low back pain, because of some basic postural distortions caused by living in our modern world. We sit way too much and do not move our bodies in the way they were meant to, nor do we move nearly enough, in general. Our bodies tend to harden into unnatural shapes and it gets very hard to undo the damage of decades of a sedentary lifestyle. Sometimes, the distortions are hard to see on the surface, but they are always there.
And those postural distortions force the spine into a bad position. From there, a lot of stress is places on the delicate discs in between the vertebrae. this can lead to injury or chronic low back pain. The way to stop low back pain is to get the spine back into proper position and take the stress of the discs.
It does not require manipulations (i.e. chiropractor), which will just go back where they were before the treatment, very quickly. And other treatments, like acupuncture will not change these muscle imbalances. So, they are like band-aids, instead of fixing the root cause.
Postural Distortions Cause Low Back Pain
So, the beginning stage is to identify what kind of postural distortions you have and why they might be putting too much stress on the spine or muscles in the low back. You can expect the low back to be extremely sensitive to any movement that could make it worse. So, it’s super important to move gently and carefully to help ensure you do not make it worse.
Typically, people tend to have Lordosis, Kyphosis, flat back, or neutral. Imagine your hips are like a table and there is a bucket of water on top of them. Is the bucket allowing water to spill out the front or the back? Is your butt tucking under your hips or pushing out too far? These are just a few quick ways to start isolating your posture. In my program, I take you through all of this, so you can quickly understand your specific posture. Then, I take you through the exact exercises you need to fix it.
You see, it is absolutely critical that you do not do anything that re-enforces the muscle imbalances that are throwing your low back out of whack. So, not only do you want to avoid the things (as much as possible) that are causing the postural distortion (like too much sitting), but you also want to avoid doing certain exercises that might actually make your low back pain even worse.
For example, let’s say your hamstrings are super tight and strong, but your quads are weak. You will want to make sure you focus on exercises that strengthen the quads, while learning to relax and release the hamstrings (yes, you can do it!). Otherwise, you could just keep making your hamstrings tighter and stronger. It’s a question of balancing the front and back, so your spine can sit in the right position.
A Great Rehab Program can Stop Low Back Pain
Yes, a great rehab program can and will dramatically fix those muscle imbalances that are causing your postural distortions. By strengthening the weak muscles and relaxing the tight muscles, your spine will slowly come back into proper position. That will take the stress off your delicate discs and stop low back pain.
You start by identifying your specific postural distortions and muscle imbalances and then move into a great rehab program that focuses on excellent form, exercises, stretches and other techniques to get your body back into good alignment.
It does not happen overnight, but it does work faster than you would think. And, considering the alternatives (pain killers that don’t work very well and have terrible side effects, surgery, living with chronic pain, etc), rehab is usually the best option, since it is all natural, has no side effects and works long term to stop low back pain for good.
So, I highly recommend either going to a great Physical Therapist or trying my Low Back Program, which you can do entirely at home, without any equipment. Just follow along with me through the step by step videos, on any device, and I will take you through everything you need to do until the pain is gone and doesn’t come back.