Back Pain Causes
The causes of back pain are varied, but despite the fact that many people claim to have “thrown their backs out” lifting and twisting, it’s hardly ever this one, single incident that causes back pain. Typically, there is a long-standing instability in the spine due to muscular and structural imbalances. The act of lifting a heavy box or twisting in a new way loads the already imbalanced spine and results in back pain.
Prolonged sitting is another common back pain cause. Sitting shortens the hip flexor muscles which, in turn, pull on the spine and cause lower back pain. Sitting on soft surfaces such as sofas is particularly bad for the back because it’s very difficult to sit properly. Typically, the sacrum rolls under and bears most of the weight of the torso, putting strain on the muscles and vertebra of the lower back.
Why Most Back Pain Treatments Fail
Most back pain treatments fail to completely cure back pain because they focus solely on the back and spine. Surgery may stabilize the problematic vertebral joint, but it will not correct other structural imbalances that contributed to a compromised spine in the first place, such as the feet, ankles, knees and hips. NSAIDs – pain relieving drugs – merely mask the symptoms of back pain without addressing the root cause: posture and movement imbalances.
Rolfing for Back Pain
Rolfing is a highly effective back pain treatment because it addresses not only the symptoms but the underlying cause of the pain. Your body is like a building; without a strong foundation, the walls will develop cracks and the roof will sag as the house settles over time. A strong foundation supports the building and keeps it upright; the same is true for your body. Rolfing works all facets of back pain, bringing your whole body back into balance so that the pain doesn’t return at a later date.
Get Back Pain Relief Today
Even if you’ve tried everything else only to finally give up and decide you have to live with back pain, Rolfing can get you the relief you crave so you can get back to living your life! Contact me today to schedule your initial assessment and consultation.
My back feels great today. I don’t know what I would do without you.
– Michael P., Seattle, WA