When Our 'Back Pain' Isn't a 'Back Issue'

 

The most important lesson you can learn when it comes to back pain is that unless caused by a traumatic incident, low back pain isn’t actually a low back issue. Instead, it’s a movement issue 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 body is super smart. When there is a deficiency in the way we move (usually caused by previous injury or hours of sitting) our body will compensate to still get into that position. 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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When your body begins compensating for these movement deficiencies you begin to load areas that weren't meant to carry such a load (such as your low back). This causes early wear and tear on these joints and while you most likely 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.

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

Our low back health class is designed to improve movement for sustainable pain relief and improved performance.