One of the reasons so many people struggle with back pain and all the many variations of it, is because the majority of the treatments recommended by doctors don’t address the main causes of the pain…
So I wanted to make sure that you know what the most common causes are and how to address them… because it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever hear about any of this from your doctor… Ok, here it goes…
Top 5 Causes of Back, Neck and Sciatic Pain
1. Excess Stress / Negative Beliefs
Yes, this is #1 on the list and while many people doubt or question it, excess stress and negative beliefs are what keep most people in pain.
For example, many people get some relief from physical treatments, but can never seem to get complete or lasting relief… and that’s because the the mind is keeping the body from healing completely.
Don’t underestimate the power of the mind… you can learn more about how stress, emotions and beliefs cause pain here
2. Muscle Imbalances
Imbalances in our muscles create what we call dysfunctions… basically, the muscles pull your body out of alignment (not just your spine) and your body is forced to function like this and eventually it breaks down.
Muscle imbalances are the biggest “physical” cause of back related conditions and pain (and many other ailments also like foot pain, knee pain, hip pain, etc)
The good news is, identifying and correcting (it’s really more about improving) your muscle imbalances is pretty easy… you just have to know which imbalances you have and the right combination of corrective exercises and stretches…
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Picture this… you wake up tomorrow morning feeling rested, you get out of bed feeling less stiff and with no pain… You go about your day feeling great and doing all the things you haven’t been able to do for weeks, months or years…
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Ok, now for the 3 other causes…
3. Spinal Compression / Torsion
Another major physical cause of back related conditions and pain is, spinal compression and torsion. The muscle imbalances pull your spine out of alignment and create excess curvature and this places increased pressure on the discs…
Then you add to it some torsion (twisting of the spine) and it gets even worse. The combination of the uneven and excessive compression and the torsion wreak havoc on the discs… causing them to bulge or herniate.
Again there is some good news… not only can discs heal, but you can undo or reduce the excessive compression and torsion by addressing your muscle imbalances and by decompressing the spine… This can be done with devices like an inversion table, the Back Ease or it can be performed by a physical therapist or chiropractor.
4. Trigger Points
Often responsible for much of the undiagnosed pain people experience, trigger points are a major factor when it comes to back, neck and sciatic pain…
Trigger points are complex and there are many things that contribute to their development… and to make it worse, they often cause pain in other parts of the body. For example, a trigger point in the gluteal can cause pain in the lower leg.
The good news is, they are also easy to locate and treat yourself. You can learn more about trigger points here
5. Nutritional Imbalances
Yes, what you eat can help you heal or it can keep you in pain. Not only are there specific foods that create inflammation, but imbalances in minerals and nutrients are a major factor…
For example, you can have too much calcium and not enough magnesium and this can create calcification (stenosis, bone spurs, etc)… Keep in mind this is just one example… there are many others.
So here’s a quick list of foods to avoid:
– Artificial flavors / colors
And here are some foods/nutrients to eat more of:
– Omega-3 Fatty Acids (fish or supplement)
– Spices (Ginger, Tumeric)
– Antioxidants (vitamin C, selenium, quercetin)
– Vitamin D
Well, I hope you found this helpful. Be sure to follow the links and learn more about these 5 major causes.
And last, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask… we’re here for ya
Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT
Co-founder, Healthy Back Institute
Written By: Updated: November 11,2009