Lower Back and Leg Pain


Lower back and leg pain - is it a serious problem?

When pain radiates away from the back and travels down your leg, it is usually looked at as being a serious problem. Don't worry though; this is not always the case.

Read on to find out if you need to worry, and what you should do now to ease your pain.

Lower back pain is a common complaint that affects over 80% of the adult population. Leg pain is also common as when you have lower back pain, the muscles and joints are disrupted which affect the leg.

Lower back and leg pain can be simply a matter of a distortion of the lower back and pelvis. This allows the joints in your leg to be out of balance. The muscles in the leg tire which then allow them to tighten and become painful.

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When is lower back and leg pain serious?

If there is a definite pattern to the pain in your leg, then you may have a more serious back pain condition. The most common type of leg pain that arises from lower back pain conditions is called Sciatica. This is where the sciatic nerve is irritated from lower back pain conditions. The nerve creates pain down the back of the leg.

Another less common leg pain radiation is where pain is down the front of the leg. This is where the femoral nerve is irritated, it arises from a similar distortion to sciatica, just higher in the lower back.

Is there definite pain pattern of:

  • pain in the lower back

  • pain radiating in a line down the back or front of the leg

Then you need to seek help. This type of lower back pain condition although more serious is still simply corrected. Treatment for lower back pain can be sought through various practitioners, who are skilled at removing these types of pain patterns.

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Some advice for lower back and leg pain

If your pain in the leg is more general, do not worry. It should ease in a few weeks. The most common cause is your lower back pain condition. The leg pain is a result of the leg not working in balance.

imbalances cause low back and leg painsMuscles are designed to work in straight lines. If the lower back is distorted then the leg muscles work 'offline' which allow them to tire easily. This then creates the leg pain - so you now have both leg pain and lower back pain.

With some simple lower back stretches, lower back exercises and other simple procedures, your pain will ease quickly.

The majority of radiating pain is nothing serious and easy to ease. The major mistake people make is they leave it too long before they attempt to correct the problem. The biggest reason is that you do not know what is causing your lower back and leg pain.

The causes are not how you lift, bend or twist. The causes are the distortion patterns that throw your body out of alignment, which allows the radiating pain to occur. Finding these distortion patterns allows you to target the right areas. It also gives you a set of tools to use to make sure all the causes are gone, not just your pain.

Actually this is the biggest mistake, people stop using techniques when pain stops. Pain is only a signal the problem is bad enough for you to take action. If you can identify the causes, you can keep using techniques until you are in balance, not just pain free.

What is the best approach to ease your lower back and leg pain?

To get long lasting results you must both remove the symptoms and the cause. First you must identify which spinal imbalances are present, then attack the symptomatic processes. This can be achieved by using many techniques from ice/heat, Acupressure and anti-inflammatory measures. Then you must perform corrective techniques that target the spinal imbalances.

The principles of Spinal Balancing address the both the pain and the root cause of the condition that is responsible for your lower right back pain. Through self assessments, your individual spinal imbalances can be identified, and a targeted corrective program can be developed for your specific needs.

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