Is Your Low Back Pain a Low Back Problem?

Unless your low back pain was caused by a major trauma, the answer is usually no.

More likely, you have a movement problem that is leading to back pain.

Deficiencies in movement cause compensations that place extra stress on the low back. Improper movement patterns, when compounded over time, are the primary cause of low back pain.

Our bodies are smart. When we're limited in how we move our body will compensate to perform the task at hand. These compensation patterns occur after an injury to protect an area (i.e. limping after a sprained ankle) or can be used to compensate for muscle and joint imbalances. While this may seem like a great solution to mobility issues there is one major problem.

Compensation patterns only work for so long before something breaks down

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These compensations take loads off our weight bearing joints and place them onto areas that weren't mean to carry such a load (like our low back). This causes wear and tear on these joints and while you won’t experience pain right away, the more miles you accumulate with these compensations the more likely you’ll experience pain and dysfunction as well as increase the probability of a experiencing a more serious injury later on down the road.

OVER-TREATING the source of pain while ignoring the cause of the pain can leave you frustrated and confused.

This means for long term, sustainable results the goal of any program has to be to fix the movement, not the low back.

The same can be said for a repetitive strain injury anywhere on the body. Evolve Performance Healthcare specializes in improving movement and functional strength for long term pain relief.

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