Back pain is pervasively the most common work-related medical problem in the US and the second most common reason for doctor visits. More than 70% of the population in America will suffer from some kind of back pain in their life time.
Most back pain is caused from imbalances within the myofascial system causing pain in the neck, shoulder, back, knees, etc… These muscles are stressed, inflamed and out of balance. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve and organ. Collectively it comprises a three dimensional, full body “suit” that provides a tensional network of support and structure for your body.
When stress occurs sticky adhesions form between fascial surfaces and over time these adhesions get strong enough to inhibit range of motion. Imbalances within the myofascial system are stressed inflamed and out of balance. Our objective is to free up fascial adhesions that are impeding muscle and functional movement, elongating the tissue to once again have full range of motion that will alleviate the consistent dull ache or sharp pain during movement.
Low back pain can be either acute or chronic and a very disabling condition. Low back pain is often caused because of an exaggerated curve in the lumbar spine or Lordosis. (This is most often where Scoliosis begins as well.) This is caused due to the tension of low back muscles such as the Iliopsoas group, Quadratus Lumborum and Erector Spinae. The psoas is the major supporting guy-wire of the low back between the spine and the leg, joining upper body to lower, breathing to walking and acting with other local muscles in complex ways for steadying various movements. As these muscles work to stabilize the spine they often are forced to compress and lock down virtually eliminating movement in the low back. Not only does this result in back pain, but it also creates compression on all of the structures in the area resulting in disc and spine related dysfunctions and diseases. Symptoms associated with psoas trigger points include one or more of the following: clients may have a hard time standing erect (a bent-over position will relieve the back pain). The pain will tend to be more intense after sitting for a long period of time or sleeping in the fetal position; the back pain intensifies when the client tries to get up out of bed or stand up from a chair or car. Psoas-related back pain is very intense pain in the SI joint area and will shoot suddenly with the slightest movement, even taking the breath away from the person. Irritable Bowel Symptoms can be present along with intensified pain when eliminating. Anterior thigh and groin pain may also be present.
As Bodyworkers & Functional Movement Therapists we focus on balancing the muscle and fascial systems of the body to improve range of motion, posture, and support pain free living. We are able to view your muscle imbalances and Design the best treatment plan specific to your needs and properly address your back pain.