There are 2 key elements to Chronic back pain - How Modalities may fail to effectively address one of them
Tight, restricted joints, muscles and connective tissue can create lower back pain. Tension present in the structures of the lower back produce pain through:
- direct pressure on nociceptors (nerve endings) or by
- inflammation placing pressure on nociceptors
Weak, elongated postural muscles integral to the support and structure of the lower back and pelvis create excessive tension on the lower back joints, muscles and connective tissue.
The weakened posture
- creates an excessive lordotic lumbar curve which comprises the joints, muscles and connective tissue
- The lack of support places too great a load on the lower back and creates a jamming effect to the area as movements compensate for the postural weakness.
Most modalities focus on eradicating tension present in joints, muscles and connective tissue, whilst in instances failing to provide an effective method to address and correct the postural muscles that created the tension and pain in the first place.
Let's look at the most common modalities that treat back pain:
Physical Therapy - use techniques such as joint mobilization, range of movement exercises, ultrasound, T.E.N.S, and stretching. All of these techniques are dedicated to relieving joint and muscle tension and or reducing inflammation.
Chiropractic and Osteopathy - use techniques such as joint manipulation which release both joint and muscular tension.
Remedial therapy and Myotherapy - use soft tissue manipulation techniques that are designed to release tension present in muscles and connective tissue.
If you have acute back pain, in that it is only a few days of weeks old then the likelihood of you responded to standard treatment such as the above-mentioned modalities is really high.
Whilst your pain is still derived from the same areas as chronic back pain, the chances of your postural muscles having sufficient strength to support your back is quite high at this stage. Your acute back pain symptoms are however a key warning sign that you need to start addressing your postural asymmetries to avoid future acute flare ups and or the potential to end up with chronic debilitating back pain.
If, however you suffer from chronic back pain, you are most likely now aware that physical therapy, chiropractic and massage only provide you with temporary short-term relief from your pain. Hopefully now you are aware why this is the case, the treatment frees you of the tension present, however you walk away from your appointment still with a lack of support for the back. This lack of support places all the load back onto the back, it tires, and fatigues and you end up right back the way you were before you received the symptomatic pain relief.
If you fall into this category, then you must address the underlying cause of your back pain. Seek a competent practitioner who specializes in restoring postural symmetry and strengthening your body, so the pain does not return.
Back Solution across America has a proven record with acute and chronic back pain sufferers exceeding in excellence across the country. We have treated thousands of patients that range from Olympic athletes, professional athletes as well as everyday pain sufferers. Our rapid growth across the country will ensure a local clinic will be in your area soon to address you acute and chronic back pain.