Do you recognize lower back pain for what it truly is?
Lower back pain has been disrupting our natural process since the days man stood on two feet. It is estimated that 8 out of 10 people will be affected by lower back pain in their life. Pain is a symptom of something greater affecting the body.
Lower back pain symptoms include
- Sensitivity to touch
- Dull or throbbing pain, either acute (short term) or chronic (long term)
- Sharp localized pain
- Pain that radiates through the groin, to the buttock and to the upper thigh
- Muscle spasms, ranging from localized to entire muscle groups
- Pain in other parts of the body seemingly unrelated (referred pain)
- Inability to walk or stand due to extreme pressure on muscles and/or the spine
What causes lower back pain? And how do you treat the various conditions?
The answers to those questions are elusive. The human body is a complex network of soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) that are constantly being stressed and strained as we walk about our days. And because muscles work in tandem, when one muscle is injured, the functional muscle group compensates for the failure which often leads to further muscle pain. Our lower back offers structure support to keep us erect and is responsible to our very movement as well as protecting many of our vital organs. In short, it carries a lot of weight.