"The Foundations of Your Back Pain Relief"
Whenever you suffer with back pain, the area you look at for back pain relief is your spine. This of course is natural as this is where your pain is. However, your spine is not the only area you should look at to help ease pain.
If you look at your spine, the same way as you would try to build a house, you first need to build good strong foundations. If the foundations are strong then the rest of the structure will function better.
For your house it means you will have doors the open and shut easily, floor boards that don't creak or groan and windows that don't stick.
For your spine it means there is no lower back pain, sciatica, upper back pain or neck pain to worry about. If your foundations are strong then your spine is strong.
The BIGGEST Mistake In Back Pain Relief
There are two areas in your structural system that few practitioners treat, and even less self help programs promote. This is also the main reason why back pain relief statistics are so poor.
Unless you target ALL the causes of your pain, pain will remain.
Most techniques focus on balancing muscles, you stretch those that are tight and exercise those that are weak. Practitioners will adjust joints also but still only focus on your spine.
Sure you will get short term relief, pain may even disappear but it will return for most. Unless you address the foundations of your spine ... muscles will return to imbalance ... as will your joints.
The Foundations of Your Spine
There are actually two foundation areas. The first is your pelvis and is the most important area of your spine.
No matter what movement you do, the pelvis moves. The Sacro-Iliac joint which connects your sacrum (the wedge shaped bone at the base of your spine) to the pelvic bones is the most important joint in your spine.
It is a flat bone joint, has no disc, and moves whenever you walk, bend, and lift, rollover in bed or any other movement.
If there is imbalance in your pelvis your entire spine will twist and distort. Many of the muscular imbalances people see in their spine relate to the imbalance in the pelvis. Correct this and most imbalances elsewhere in your spine will settle by themselves.
There are four main distortion patterns that are centered around your pelvis. These develop over time as you accumulate the many micro-traumas that occur from day-to-day life. Once present these four imbalances will allow muscles in your spine to work incorrectly.
Muscles are designed to pull in straight lines. If these imbalances are present then the muscles will pull on angles and hence tire quickly. As the muscles tire they tighten and back pain develops.
Whether you have upper back pain, neck pain, lower back pain or sciatica, these imbalances play a part in their development.
The Foundation of Your Foundation ...
The second foundation area which is just as important and actually is rarely looked at is your feet.
Your feet are your shock absorbers. As you walk they splay out and work as a cushion. For most of us we place our feet in our shoes when we get out of bed and leave them there until we go to bed at night.
Hoping they are still there and working well. We are designed to wear bare feet, so that our feet work correctly. But again as they tire they function less effectively.
Soon the joints in your feet move poorly, the muscles tire and tighten and the shock absorbing abilities fail to work properly.
If your feet don't shock absorb ... your knees don't ... neither do your hips ... and your lower back and pelvis are forced to do the job.
However the pelvis and lower back are not designed to do this work all the time ... the pelvic imbalances develop and then you suddenly find your self suffering with back or neck pain.
Are Orthotics the Answer
To be blunt no. Orthotics don't allow your foot to work as nature intended. Since the use of orthotics there has been an increase in the severity and frequency of both back complaints and leg complaints.
If your arches have dropped you need to relax the muscles in the soles of your feet which are pulling them down and get the joints moving.
If you pronate or supinate then again once the feet work well this tendency will reduce.
Sure there are times when you do need support in your feet. But if we look after our feet then you will also look after your spine at the same time.
The Long Term Solution for Back Pain Relief
The answer to get lasting back pain relief is to look at ALL the areas that can cause your pain ... and not just your spine.
You must first make sure your foundation areas are in good working order and then balance any joint or muscle in your spine.
Fail to fix the foundations, and then it is like trying to build your house on quick sand. It may look okay but any pressure will cause it to fall apart.
The same with your spine... unless the foundation areas are working well, back pain relief will be less likely to occur.
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