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Low back pain

Summary

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 also known as 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.

Cause

There many factors going into back pain and 70% US population have some type of back pain in their life. The low back is a weak point in the body. One easy cause to an injured back pain is from bad posture. Constantly hunching over desk work, looking down at your phone, not sitting properly in seats during school or work can also pull a strain in your back muscles. Acute injuries usually last around 6 weeks but can worsen becoming chronic injuries. Types of chronic lower back injuries are:

  • muscle or ligament strain – which can be improper lifting heavy objects or sudden awkward moment to strain those back muscles and later on with a constant strain the spinal lines can affect other points in your body such as neck, shoulders, and numbness down one or both legs.
  • ruptured disks – disks are soft material that sit between each bone in your spine, can move, either making it ruptured or a bulging disk, that can potentially press or pinch nerves causing lower back pain.
  • arthritis – could be another factor to cause of lower back pain narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, a condition called spinal stenosis.

Effects

Some effects that can increase chances or enhance your lower back pain. 

  • Age – In your older years back pain is more common starting around 30 or 40
  • Lack of exercise – with not enough exercise your muscles and flexibly decreases, making it easy to interrupt it in an awkward way doing something you’re not use to doing. Excess weight is also a factor that can put a strain in your back.
  • Improper lift – many people lift things wrong. Using their back instead of their legs can easily lead to back pain

 

Treatment

  • Traditional treatments
    • At home treatments – icing and adding heat, over counter pain killers, etc. 
    • Medicine – prescription pain killers from your doctor 
  • The Structura Approach to Treatment
    • Structura PhysioTherapy
      • The goal and focus are to create balance within the fascial system of the body through movement and touch.  It systematically releases patterns of stress and impaired function. A Structural Integration Practitioner uses physical pressure and manipulation to stretch and guide fascia to a place of easier movement.  It is practiced in an organized series of sessions and individual sessions within a framework designed to restore postural balance and functional ease by aligning and integrating the body in gravity.  
    • Postural Alignment Therapy also known as Exercise Therapy. 
      • Re-patterning exercises are given to continue the facilitation of healing.  Re-patterning is a postural therapy program involving a series of stretches and gentle exercises that once designed for your individual needs can be continued at home.
    • Mobility Therapy
      • Your therapist can help you design Self-Care programs and techniques that you can do at home to help improve and maintain the health of your low back, pain-free.
    • Don’t forgot there also preventions you can do to stop lower back pain, simple but affective things that can lower your chances of pain. By just standing straighter, sitting correctly and lifting with your legs instead of your back.

Jon from Ogden Utah Testimonial

Working with Structura Body Therapies has been a life-changing experience. They are not only extremely skilled in their practice, but are very educational. I noticed a big difference after the first visit

John
Ogden, UT

Jeannie from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I am a 62 year old female. For several years, I have become less flexible and stiff. I was introduced to Structura and finished the 10 weekly sessions of Structural Integration. They are very professional and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Structura Body Therapies’ therapy.

Jessica from Ogden, UT Testimonial

Structura has truly helped me so much! It was a long road to recovery, but I skipped the surgeries and was able to naturally heal over time. I continue to go on a regular basis for maintenance now. This is an amazing way to stay in top performance and learn about mobility and movement.

Annie from Layton, UT Testimonial

I’ve been able to get my life back thanks to the therapists at Structura. Taylor and Skye were amazing at listening and critically thinking. They were both very professional. I had dealt with 1.5 years of debilitating pain in my lower back and shooting pain down my legs. After physical therapy, multiple steroid shots, and mediations to deal with the pain I heard about Structura. Thanks to these amazing people I can sleep through the night, enjoy activities I love, and play with my kids. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing more than a relaxing massage.

Lisa from Layton, UT Testimonial

I felt so good after each of the 10 sessions of Structural Integration. Parts of my body that bothered me before the session felt so much better after being worked on. My knees that hurt before, didn’t bother me after being worked on.

Nick from Kaysville, UT Testimonial

 

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

Pamela from Utah Testimonial

I was afraid to try Structura because I heard the therapy might be painful. But it was going into months and months with plantar fasciitis and not being able to walk without limping and waddling. That was painful too. Through the therapy sessions, I found that I was twisted and seized up all over. I’m not sure when the fasciitis actually completely healed, but it did 100%. The therapy was a little painful, but nothing like the pain of months of fasciitis and years of waddling. At 58 years old, I can finally move my legs again so I can walk normally and start exercising.

Susan from Neveda Testimonial

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

J. Sanchez from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I was introduced to Structura Body Therapies by a family member.  I have suffered from chronic pain for the past 9 years and the source of the pain was finally diagnosed. I started coming to Structura to see how their therapies could help me before, between, and after the two hip surgeries I would need to correct the source of my pain. I cannot express enough how pleased I am with the results of the therapy thus far!  I recently had the first surgery and the therapies from Structura Body Therapies have cut my healing time by 4 weeks! I am looking very forward to completing my next surgery and then starting the Structural Integration program with Structura.

Debra Testimonial

The people are friendly, and make you feel at ease. They are very professional, and I saw results fast. I am thankful that there is hope to take away my pain, which I have lived with for so long. I would highly recommend Structura to anyone.

Kaylee from North Ogden, UT Testimonial

I was experiencing a lot of knee pain after having surgery for a torn ACL. Months of physical therapy and a 2nd knee surgery didn’t help the pain and issues I was having. I was ready to just live with the pain but I decided to give Structura’s therapy a try. It has helped my knee tremendously! My knee pain is gone and my range of motion is back! So happy I found this therapy! If you are experiencing pain that your doctors can’t figure out, I would highly recommend Structura’s therapy!

Tiffany from West Valley, UT Testimonial

I was having some lower back pain and and they’re deep tissue massage helped me feel better. The therapist was really nice and I felt amazing after the 60-minute session. I would highly recommend anyone with back pain to go to them. -Tiffany

Kellie from Hooper, UT Testimonial

I am running again! Less than a year ago, I had a doctor, physical therapist, and a chiropractor all tell me I needed to stop running because of constant back and neck pain, along with ankle and groin injuries. Well, they were wrong! Because of Stuctura Body Therapies, in the last 2 months, I have ran a half marathon, a 5K, and I am continuing to run 3 times a week. The 10-week Structural Integration program, and continued maintenance, have been a true blessing for me. The therapists and staff at Structura are the best, and are professional and caring. So grateful to have found this amazing technique.

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