Countless people across the U.S. will experience a bout of lower back pain at some point in their lives. Low back pain is the most common reason for job-related disability and a big contributor to missed days at work. Strength of the muscles that support the low back and the spinal column is essential when it comes to avoiding chronic lower back issues. Strengthening the abdominal muscles is also key, and provides additional support and protection for the spine and low back.
- Yoga – Yoga both strengthens and stretches and can help provide relief for lower back pain.
- Pilates – Pilates focus on developing core strength in combination with stretching. Your best bet might be to find an experienced teacher to help guide you through these exercises.
- Aerobic exercise – Swimming, walking, or cycling can all help reduce lower back pain, and also strengthen your lungs and heart.
Exercise and proper movement of the spine and spinal muscles is important for long-term health. However, if you’ve been experiencing lower back pain, it’s important to get to the bottom of it and understand the root cause of your individual condition.
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Your Low Back Pain and Your Neck
On the surface, these two regions may seem so far apart that one couldn’t possibly impact the other. In fact, it’s quite the opposite; when the topmost vertebra in the neck, your atlas, misaligns, it can affect the entire length of the spine. The vertebrae of the spine protect the spinal cord, which is responsible for relaying signals between the brain and body. When the atlas shifts, it can distort these signals, leading to abnormal muscle tension, spasms, and distorted posture. This can cause uneven shoulders and hips and cause one leg to be slightly shorter than the other. You may think that since the pain and discomfort are all in the lower back, then that’s where the root cause of the problem is. Many times we find that, in fact, it’s the atlas vertebra that is causing the lower back to flare up.
I am trained in NUCCA, which is an extremely gentle and specific way of correcting atlas misalignments. For each of our patients, we perform a detailed assessment to determine if an atlas misalignment is the root cause of your lower back pain. If so, we work to restore normal alignment, which in turn, restores the normal flow of information over the nervous system. The body’s natural recuperative abilities are able to correct the postural imbalances caused by the atlas misalignment, and low back pain is relieved naturally.