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Back Pain

The lower back can be affected by a number of different conditions, some of the most common injuries and complaints include:

  • Poor Posture
  • Hip Immobility
  • Thoracic Spine Immobility

What is it and what are the symptoms?

The lower back is one of the most vulnerable areas of the human body, it is also statistically the leading cause of disability in the UK above any other condition. There are a number of different clinical diagnoses for lower back pain, however it has been proven that the exact diagnosis through MRI may not be the real cause of the pain. The lower back is commonly put under unnecessary strain and tension due to other joints, both above and below, not behaving in the way that they should. If any other joints are compromised in their mobility and/or stability then the lower back will take up a lot of the slack.

Poor Posture

If the pelvis has an excessive tilt (anteriorly), the hips will naturally tighten up which will cause the lower back to be forced into a big lordotic curve (arch position) causing compression of the vertebrae.

Hip Immobility

Due to the pelvis position there will be a lack of movement at the hips, in turn this will put a demand on the lower back to produce more movement. Most likely resulting in degeneration at the spine/disks.

Thoracic Spine Immobility

If there is reduced movement in the mid to upper part of the spine, much like the effect of tension through the hips, the lower back will be forced to produce more movement, breeding instability.

What can be done to help?

In most cases complete rest is not the answer, the spine needs movement to gain and maintain strength and stability. With rest comes stiffness and a fear of movement. The best route to recovery is to ascertain what areas are not functioning as they should be and those that are causing a chain reaction resulting in a loss of stability around the lower back. Every joint needs an element of stability and mobility, without one the other could be inhibited, Joint inhibition could lead to pain for no apparent reason or cause.

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A thorough movement assessment would be beneficial, this will take a look at the body as a whole and highlight any dysfunctional movement patterns which may slow down recovery or potentially cause further injury.

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