Whats happening to you?
Ok here's the deal you bent over to pick up one of your shoes and whammo, you felt something give, pain shot through your body and you found it very hard to straighten up, oh my god whats happening to me?, will I ever walk normally again? and what about the gym or playing footy with the kid?. These are all things that race through your mind when your back muscles go into spasm.
You struggle into the car and down to the Doctor, you're sitting in the waiting room looking around at all the doom and gloom posters on the wall, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, parkinsons disease, dementia and even STD's are displayed with all their ominous warnings and treatments. By the time you get into your consultation you're convinced that your life is on a fastrack downward spiral and then the doctor starts his spiel "Ahhhhh, you're in your thirties, you're getting on a bit, it's around this time that your body starts breaking down" and sends you off for all the obligatory scans and prescribes a course of anti-inflammatories.
Xrays, CT scans and if you're really lucky an MRI, days off work, voltaren, panadol, you can't sleep because of the pain and discomfort, it's too painful to even get in the bath. it's around this time that you start feeling a little bit despondent even depressed, stuck in front of the TV feeling helpless, eating potato chips, lollies and biscuits, replacing life giving water with fizzy soft drinks, caffeine and chemical filled diet drinks, comfort food that makes you feel a little bit better but really does nothing to help your condition. sugar is a poison to your body filling it up with toxins that makes your muscles tighter, more constricted and unable to get all the proper blood flow and nutrients they need to function, combine this with lack of movement and it's a wonder you can even muster up the strength to get up and go to the toilet.
Next few days back to the doctors for the results and that's where the next phase starts, you see doctors have to put a name to everything, its a disease, condition or a syndrome, nothing is easy, they bamboozle you with names like degenerative disk disease, prolapsed or sequestered disk, ligament dysfunction, facet syndrome, facet joint disease, spurring, arthritis, spinal stenosis, nerve impingement syndrome. sciatica, piriformis syndrome the list goes on and on and now the medical merry-go round starts.
First of all it's off to the physio who will give it some ultrasound or electronic therapy for 10mins, prescribe some stretching exercises and then tell you it wont get any better without pilates, which surprisingly they do right there at their clinic, just hand over the cash and we'll get you right.
Six weeks later the pain and discomfort has backed off considerably and you can now stop your twice weekly physio appointments, your core feels a little stronger but somethings still not right, you still feel tender and afraid to do anything that might aggravate your once indestructible body. You convey this fear to your doctor and he suggests you go back to the gym telling you that weights will strengthen you and your body and will also get rid of some of that weight you have put on over the last few months. So you go back to the gym and the young newly qualified gym instructor gives you a program of the same old isolation machine exercises that helped unbalance your body in the first place. Before you know it you're back to square one, can't sleep, can't get comfortable and in constant pain.
A friend suggests the chiropractor they know, another an osteopath that they saw, then an acupuncturist that helped someone else with a skin problem. Three months later and hundreds of dollars out of pocket and nothing has changed so it's back to the doctor and he refers you to the orthopedic surgeon who wants to operate. Sound familiar?
Stop right there!!!!
Numerous studies have show that a very high percentage of people with back pain have nothing more than tight unbalanced (contracted) muscles and a rotated or twisted pelvis.
That's right a simple "Muscle Imbalance" and "Pelvis Rotation"
This muscle imbalance can be the cause of any number of postural pain dysfunctions and syndromes.
When these tight muscles are left untreated these imbalances can and do lead to “degenerative spinal conditions” These tight unbalanced muscles unevenly exert pressure on the spine’s joints, ligaments, tendons and discs.
These same tight muscles force neighboring vertebrae together closely enough to cause pinched nerve roots which exit the spinal canal, causing pain and numbness in the extremities. They can also cause the vertebrae and pelvis to “twist” out of alignment. When the vertebrae are pulled closely together, discs between the vertebrae may get “squeezed” and eventually break down (bulge or rupture) from these long-term compressive pressures.
These powerful forces will also alter the movement of all the other joints in the body like hips, knees and ankles leading to further injuries and compensations that will eventually cause these joints to break down as well.
To make it really, really simple to understand:-
(a) The muscles on the right side of your body are the same as the muscles on the left side of your body and they have to be the same tension and length, if they are not you will have imbalance problems.
(b) The muscles on the back of your body although they are different to the muscles on the front of your body they still have to work together and have equal strength and tension if some are stronger than the other you will have imbalance problems.
This will affect every joint in your body.
And here are some of the reasons these imbalances happen there are more we can cover on this site but here are some of the most common. See if you can relate to any of them.
1. A lack of good nutrition, water and good clean air. This is paramount to good muscle health you cannot hope to get back to 100% without these elements.
2. A lack of exercise or incorrect exercising and even a lack of simple functional movement.
3. Too much stress both physical and emotional just think how we react with our defensive attitudes, confidence, embarrassment, shyness, anger and aggression. These immediately affect our muscles and it shows up in our body’s posture.
4. A lack of good deep regenerative sleep
5. A lifetime of poor posture which gets poorer as we age. Poorly designed furniture, car seats and devices such as play-stations and computer games
6. Jobs or activities that require a lot of forward bending (flexing) and/or lifting or twisting from that forward bend such as bricklaying or floor tiling.
7. Jobs or activities requiring long or excessive use of extension (bending backwards) such as plastering or painting.
8. A job that require static position or repetitive motion such as computer work,process work or cashiering.
9. As a result of an accident or injury such as a fall or a whiplash incident.
10. And did I mention stress? Stress is a big factor in our aches and pains.
So why should you come and see us?
The Back Pain Clinic - Victorian Sports and Muscle Medicine has been established as a specialist Myotherapy and Musculoskeletal Therapy clinic offering a distinctive treatment for a range of spine and pelvic dysfunctions while applying an integrated and holistic approach to treating other muscle and bone disorders.
We FIX the problems that other practitioners have given up on, before you consider surgery, dangerous drugs or any other invasive form of treatment you must visit us.