It’s no surprise that low back pain (LBP) affects 80% of us at some point in our lives, it’s the most common cause of job-related disability, the most common reason we visit doctors, and a leading contributor of missed work in the US.
After treating LBP for the past sixteen years, I have learned from experience that, in most cases, it’s not possible or wise to do the same treatment on every client presenting with low back pain, or most other problems, because every client and condition is different.
The most successful outcomes and effective protocol for treating my clients with LBP, or most any malady presented, is tailoring the session to their specific needs, using modalities and techniques that are most relevant, and as a result I am able to more successfully treat a more diverse clientele.
LBP is referred to as non specific low back pain, over 99% of LBP is idiopathic, without a known cause, much of it stemming from musculoskeletal soft tissue problems, usually a sudden pain from physical overload of the back without strong supporting core muscles. If the pain resolves after a few weeks, intensive tests are usually not indicated. However, low back pain can also be symptomatic of a more serious problem, requiring a visit to your primary medical professional.
Because muscles are a primary source of LBP, most typical complaints can be resolved with conservative treatments such as clinical therapeutic massage and bodywork.
Treatment:Therapy focusing on structural integration, helps the body return to structural and functional postural alignment by removing tensions and restrictions in tight areas, and is an integral part of my LBP treatment. My clients are instructed to further balance myofascial relationships, normalize dysfunctional postural alignment patterns throughout the entire body, and to maintain muscle balance.
Prevention: Exercise for LBP is an effective form of treatment as well as an indispensable mode of prevention. Research demonstrates the effectiveness of proper training for the relief and reversal of chronic LBP. Overall physical conditioning, stabilization and core exercises, which involves little or no movement of the spine, have proven effective for strengthening of the core-stabilizing muscles and pain relief.
Flexibility exercises, including static, active, and dynamic stretches within the pain-free range of motion, for the lower extremity and hip, can help relieve stress on the lower back by allowing for greater pelvis mobility.