Believe it or not, much of what mankind has learned after centuries of studying back pain could be wrapped up in an old Sunday school song taught to thousands of preschool and elementary aged children:
The foot bone connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the back bone,
The back bone connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone connected to the head bone,
Oh hear the word of the Lord
Now don't miss it the lesson here is simple, but profound. Here it is: Every part of our body is attached to another part of our body.
Our backs are amazingly complex structures made up of interconnecting nerves, bones, muscles, joints and ligaments used to provide balance, upper body mobility, and generally support the trunk and head.
The spine alone is made up of 33 vertebrae in four distinct regions (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and the sacrum / pelvic area). Like the song says, all of those bones in your back are connected. With each other and the ones nearby.
Responsibility for holding these all together belongs to the core muscles of your abdomen and back. Your spine relies upon these core muscles for its stability and strength.
But what happens when one set of muscles grows stronger than an opposing set of muscles? That, my friend, is when conditions become ripe for pain in the back!
Have you ever said something like this: "I was just bending over and threw my back out." Or heard your doctor say this: "You have a herniated disc between the L4-L5 vertebrae causing the pain in your back."
Either may be true. But WHY would an act as simple as bending over suddenly cause you back pain? WHY would a disc designed for the purpose of cushioning and protecting the movement of your spine suddenly break down and cause chronic back pain?
The surprising truth in almost every case is there was no sudden breakdown. Pain in the back, shoulders, buttocks, and even down the legs to your feet is usually the end result of weakened back muscles.
One analogy I often use to describe the cause of my patients' back pain is driving a car with its wheels out of alignment. You may be able to continue driving your car for weeks or months with the wheels out of alignment and never notice the difference.
But drive long enough without getting an alignment and you WILL notice the difference eventually. Either because you have to buy new tires every time you turn around, or because you have a "sudden" blowout.
Muscles in your back can also get "out of alignment" what we call muscle imbalances. Muscle imbalances develop when muscles in one area of your body become stronger and tighter than opposing muscles, which get stretched further and further out of their normal position.
Left out of alignment long enough, the unequal pressure on various parts of your spine, pelvis, and other nearby areas will cause unwarranted wear and tear on your muscles, ligaments, joints, and even the spine itself. Until one day you "suddenly" have a blowout.
Everyone has muscle imbalances to some degree because no one's body stays perfectly in balance. Regardless of your age, sex, or level of fitness, even the routines of daily living will often lead to hidden muscle imbalances. No wonder 80% of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives.
But if you're reading this, chances are you or someone you know is already experiencing back pain. The good news is you're not stuck with that pain in the back forever.
So back to our car analogy. If your car is out of alignment, it would be crazy to keep replacing those tires every three months instead of getting an alignment.
So why is it so many doctors want us to "change the tires" in our back, treating symptoms with pain medicine, cortisone injections, and even surgery but never correcting the alignment problem that caused your back pain in the first place?
Now you can eliminate back pain for good using an innovative approach called Muscle Balance Therapy. Using both visual and physical assessments to carefully identify each of your muscle imbalances, this therapy uses an individually targeted program of corrective exercises to rebalance your body and eliminate the source of your back pain.
50 Years of Back Pain Gone in Just Days!
Jerry Talisman had suffered from chronic back pain on and off for over 50 years. Like most people, he had tried it all... chiropractors, physical therapy, he even overdosed on tylenol but nothing gave him lasting relief until he discovered muscle balance therapy.
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