How to Cure Upper Back Pain?

 

How to Cure Upper Back Pain? Why do the traditional ways to cure upper back pain fail? Which is the best way to cure upper back pain? Read on to find out more.
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What is upper back pain?

 

The upper back and neck region is the most complex area of our body because of the many joints and how those joints work together.

 

The neck and shoulders can exhibit much the same difficulties as the lower back, such as pulled muscles, disc problems, arthritis, and other issues.

 

While lower back pain affects our ability to ambulate, upper back pain affects our ability to perform daily activities like brushing our teeth or driving a car.

 

Upper back pain is less common mainly because your thoracic spine is much more stable than other areas of your back and neck.

 

Your thoracic spine consists of the 12 vertebrae in your upper back that your ribs connect to – a pair to each vertebra. Since the top nine pairs of ribs curve around to join in the front at your breastbone, mobility is greatly limited while this part of your spine is better protected against injury and degeneration.

 

Thanks to this extra support herniated discs causing upper back pain are uncommon – only 1% of all herniated discs occur in the thoracic spine.

 

What causes upper back pain?

 

The two most common reasons for upper back and neck pain are trauma and muscle imbalances, the latter being responsible for what are called “postural dysfunctions.”

 

These postural dysfunctions cause abnormal alignment of the head and shoulders and abnormal positioning of the joints that lead to increased wear and tear on the joints, muscles, and ligaments—even discs.

 

One of the most common postural dysfunctions associated with upper back pain is the forward head posture.

 

Think of how you spend much of your day. In fact, observe how you’re sitting right now as you read this article.

 

Is your head and neck leaning forward towards the computer screen (or paper if you printed this article)? If so, chances are high that you have already developed significant muscle imbalances between your chest and upper back, front and rear shoulders, and front and rear of your neck.

 

You can also watch a Video Article HERE to understand more about muscle imbalance, which is the first step to cure upper back pain.

 

Other causes of upper back pain are emotional stress, dietary deficiencies and environmental toxins

 

The most important thing to understand about any upper back and neck pain is that, barring trauma, these conditions do not happen overnight. You may be come symptomatic very quickly, but it takes a long time for the condition—whatever it might be, to become painful.

 

How is upper back pain diagnosed?

 

Your condition can be diagnosed by a Medical Doctor, a physical therapist, or a chiropractor. But in order to get the most comprehensive picture of your condition, you may need to see more than one professional.

 

What are the symptoms of upper back pain?

 

The majority of the complaints range from local pain to radiating pain, weakness and pain in the arms, pain and irritation with any movement of the upper body, morning pain and stiffness.

 

What are the most common ways to cure upper back pain?

 

Cortisone injections, prescriptions for muscle relaxants or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and bed rest are most commonly employed.

 

Chiropractic care and physical therapy can offer spinal mobilizations, hot packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, cervical traction, and therapeutic exercises.

 

Surgery should always be your last option and should only be considered if the severity of your condition warrants it.

 

Why do the traditional ways to cure upper back pain fail?

 

Most traditional treatments fail because they simply address the symptoms and fail to address the cause of the condition. Your pain is a physical problem and it requires a physical solution.

 

There are no pills or injections that can create postural balance in your body, which is necessary to take the pressure off the nerve or make the joints work better.

 

Which is the best way to cure upper back pain?

 

Now for the good news! Once your muscle imbalances are corrected, posture dysfunctions resolve themselves and the pain caused by these muscle stressors goes away.

 

You can correct muscle imbalances in three simple steps:

 

Identify the specific muscle imbalances (which muscles are tight? which are weak?)

 

Strengthen the stretched out, weaker muscles through targeted exercises

 

Stretch out the overly tight muscles through targeted stretches

 

Our flagship Lose the Back Pain System takes you step-by-step through the process of identifying the exact muscle imbalances that are responsible for your condition.

 

Based on this self-assessment, a targeted program consisting of stretches and exercises will be specially tailored for your condition to get fast upper back pain relief.

 

The ultimate goal is to achieve a more balanced body and take the stress off the muscles, joints, and ligaments.

 

Click here to learn more about the only self-assessment and self-treatment system for muscle imbalances, back pain, sciatica, herniated discs and more.

 

By Jesse Cannone – Creator of the International Best-Selling Back Pain Treatment Program “Lose the Back Pain System” and Best-Selling Book “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”

 

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click here to learn more

 

Can a Cortisone Injection End Your Back Pain Permanently?

 

Can a Cortisone Injection End Your Back Pain Permanently?  If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, read on to find out what you can do to end your back pain permanently
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Are you looking for ways to end your back pain permanently? If you’ve read any of our work and subscribe to our point of view, you already know the answer to that question.

 

For those of you who are just joining us, allow me to share my opinion of cortisone injections as a treatment for back pain and sciatica.

 

First, let’s go over some of the terminology to make sure we’re all on the same page. Cortisone injection, epidural, steroid injection, and epidural steroid injection are all essentially the same thing.

 

The goal of a cortisone injection is to inject a chemical into the inflamed area and try to control the inflammation, delivering relief in the short term. When I say “short term,” I’m saying that some people feel better by the time they get home, or perhaps the next morning.

 

How is it that professional athletes can play hurt or beat themselves up on game day, and a week later they can do it again – and continue to do this week after week, year after year? The answer is simple: Science has learned how to trick the body into feeling better and working harder.

 

Sure, steroid injections can reduce localized inflammation, and that can help you feel better. It may even help you with your rehab. Studies have shown that roughly half of those who try steroid injections get some level of relief – at least, for a while.

 

Here is the bigger question: Are you willing to take those odds? Let’s see…You have a 50 percent chance that it won’t end your back pain permanently, and a 50 percent chance of “some” relief for an undetermined amount of time.

 

As you ponder that, I should add that steroid injections “HURT LIKE HELL!” This is a universally accepted fact. Now, I can imagine what you’re thinking – you’re in pain, you’ve tried everything else, and you’re at your wit’s end. You’re ready to do anything to get relief. Thank goodness you’re reading this, because I’m about to save your life and end your back pain permanently.

 

The Cash Cow

 

Steroid injection has been around since the early 1950s, and it remains a primary treatment for general practitioners all the way to orthopedic surgeons.

 

Why? First of all, it offers the hope of quick relief. Second, it’s a Big Fat Cash Cow.

 

Let’s do the math. Say you have sciatica, and you go to see Dr. Prick Butt and he says, “Not much I can do for you other than give you a steroid injection.

 

Of course, it may take up to three of these to achieve the best results.” Three injections @ $150 per injection = $450. Now, taking into account that the average orthopedist probably sees at least 20 patients a day and works 180 days a year, that comes to 3,600 patients.

 

If 20 percent of those patients get three steroid injections, that’s an annual income of $324,000 ($450 X 750 patients). That’s for 10 minutes of work per patient. And you wonder why things haven’t changed in more than 50 years.

 

If that weren’t bad enough, let me explain why these injections don’t end your back pain permanently. Steroid Injections are solely designed to treat the symptoms of your condition.

 

Unfortunately, many doctors don’t take the time to help their patients find out what’s causing the pain. Were they not taught in med school to address the underlying issues, or is it simply that they don’t have the time to spend with each patient? I’ll let you drawn your own conclusions.

 

Meanwhile, let’s get back to why you’re still suffering. I believe it’s because most traditional treatments focus only on symptoms. We, as patients, are partly to blame for this.

 

We demand that someone do something for us – and quick. Heaven forbid we take some responsibility for our own health and learn what we can do for ourselves. Relying totally on someone else to take care of our problems is a prescription for disaster.

 

You need to understand that 99 percent of back pain is the result of a physical problem, which means it requires a physical solution – regardless of the type or severity of the condition. No pill, injection, or massage can deliver lasting physical changes in – or for – your body.

 

What I’m trying to say is that you are going to have to do some work, in the form of targeted exercise. Yes, it may be uncomfortable at times, and you aren’t going to feel like doing it.

 

And, yes, you’re going to get frustrated, and you may feel like quitting. That’s to be expected. But the alternative is to continue living with the pain. It’s your choice.

 

I don’t have space here to go into the specific types of exercises, but I can give you a formula that has brought unbelievable success to those who followed it.

 

Immediate steps to take

 

First, you must be willing to learn all you can about your condition, from symptoms to the various forms of treatments – even some that go back 2000 years.

 

Next, you will have to find someone who is willing to treat both your symptoms and the underlying cause of your condition. I strongly recommend that you take a proactive approach to your current situation. You are lucky that you do not have pain.

 

It is such a shame that millions of people are suffering from conditions that could have been prevented or corrected years ago, if only they understood how muscle imbalances affect our bodies.

 

What do I mean by the underlying cause of your condition? I don’t care if you have a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, the two most fundamental factors responsible for the pain associated with your condition are the position of your pelvis and the curvature of your spine.

 

The next logical question is this: How did my pelvis and spine get out of proper alignment? The answer is that your muscles are out of balance with each other.

 

Muscle imbalances are the root cause of your condition and the reason you feel pain. By addressing these imbalances, you are killing two birds with one stone – you not only get rid of the pain but you also eliminate the cause.

 

You can also watch a Video Article HERE to understand more about muscle imbalance which is the first step to end your back pain permanently.

 

As you go through recovery, you likely will try a number of techniques, which is fine. In fact, it’s highly desirable. I strongly support incorporating a multi-dimensional strategy, including a natural approach to inflammation and spine decompression, as part of a comprehensive program.

 

Here are a couple of final points about steroid injections. I’ve been working as a physical therapist for more than16 years, and I have not heard of a single case where they can end your back permanently. It’s a sad truth that borders on criminal.

 

The second point is a cautionary tale: I have as a client an elite triathlete who comes to me to get a massage once a week. About five years ago, she had sciatica and went to a doctor who recommended a steroid injection. She agreed. Well, that doctor stuck that needle straight into her sciatic nerve and pushed the plunger. For legal reasons, I can’t tell you what happened next, but I can tell you it wasn’t good.

 

Remember, there is no silver bullet for back pain relief. So do your homework and then get busy.

 

By Steve Hefferon (Fitness Trainer and Certified Massage Therapist), Dr. Robert V. Duvall (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and Jesse Cannone – Creator of the International Best-Selling Back Pain Treatment Program “Lose the Back Pain System” and Best-Selling Book “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”

 

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click here to learn more

 

Why Chiropractic Care Doesn’t Offer Permanent Relief for Your Back Pain in many cases?

 

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Are you looking for a permanent relief for your back pain? Was chiropractic care your first thought when you hurt your back? It should have been. They have virtually every modality and treatment option available to them. But what do they really do?

Chiropractic care is a specialty health field based on the idea that the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) controls all functions in the body.

 

The role of the chiropractor is to find and remove any interference in the nervous system caused by spinal misalignment-scientifically termed “subluxation.” By correcting subluxations, your chiropractor allows your body’s natural healing ability to perform as it should.

 

Did you know that in some states chiropractors are even board certified to practice physical therapy? Since they have such impressive credentials, you can’t fault yourself for thinking that they could have easily offered you permanent relief for your back pain. After all, even if they employed even a small fraction of what they know, it should have been enough to bring you relief. Right?

Most, if not all, doctors of chiropractic will use one of the following modalities: hot and cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and all sorts of hand held mechanical devices for vibration and direct pressure.

 

Then there are X-Rays and a variety of manual techniques. All of these are very good at preparing the body for the chiropractor’s main goal: correcting spinal misalignment.

Cracking the back, neck, hips, or virtually any joint has been and always will be the bread and butter of the chiropractor – and for good reason. It takes a lot of education and a lot of skill to do it well.

 

But is cracking the back the answer to the most people’s back problems? Does this offer you permanent relief for your back pain?

It is true that spinal misalignment is most likely the primary cause of your pain and is, in fact, responsible for almost all forms of back pain. It is also true that correcting that misalignment is a critical step on the road to relief.

 

But is correcting the misalignment through spinal manipulation (cracking the back) enough?

If you ask me, I would have to say no. One of our customers said it best: “Bones only go where our muscles put them.” The main reason clients continue to see their chiropractors for so long is that cracking the back feels good. And it does bring temporarily relief.

 

But when little or no effort is put into correcting the muscle imbalances that are causing the pain, it’s a foregone conclusion that the misalignment will eventually return along with the discomfort which means it doesn’t offer you any permanent relief for your back pain.

Let’s take a closer look at muscle imbalances. Our muscles hold our bones and joints in place. They provide stability and locomotion for us.

 

Therefore, it is critical that the very delicate balance between all muscle groups be in balance and stay in balance in order for us to live pain-free, active lives. Even more so if you’re an athlete – the more your muscles are in balance, the better the athlete you will be.

Our bodies adapt to the forces and stress we place on them. For example, a man who sits all day in front of a computer tends to have very tight hip flexor muscles (the muscle in the front of the upper leg) and weak glutes (that would be your butt muscles).

 

His hip flexor muscles are tight because sitting puts them in a shortened position and keeps them there; the muscles on the back of his legs are weak because they are not being used.

Here’s what can result from that single imbalance: Your hips can be pulled out of their proper position, and because our hips control our spine, the spine is going to go into abnormal curvature. That abnormal curvature can bring about the spinal misalignment we talked about earlier.

It takes months, if not years, to develop muscle imbalances that can cause spinal misalignment. You must understand that your conditions – whatever it may be – took time to develop. It probably was not due to a single event, even though you may have experienced pain after you think you “overdid it” – whatever the “it” might be.

As I noted, muscles hold joints and bones in their place and, over time, your muscles can get out of balance. Those imbalances can develop into postural dysfunctions and spinal misalignment, forcing the pelvis to shift into an abnormal position. When this happens, your spine will be forced into an abnormal curvature and held there for years.
You can also watch a Video Article HERE to understand more about muscle imbalance which is the first step to getting permanent relief for your back pain.
I hope you are starting to see the big picture. Failure to address these imbalances as part of your recovery program will ensure continued suffering and no permanent relief for your back pain.

This leads me back to why I believe chiropractic care has failed so many of you. It’s foolish to expect that simply cracking your back-one little “pop” – is going to correct the muscle imbalances, postural dysfunction, and spinal misalignment that I described above.

For chiropractic care to be at its best, the practitioner must draw on all his knowledge and skill when treating a patient, which can be tough to do in 15 minutes or less.

So if your chiropractor is not addressing your muscle imbalances along with the adjustments, do not expect to get lasting relief.

Muscle Imbalances are one of the biggest causes of back, neck and sciatic pain and they should be very high on your list of things to address as part of your treatment plan.

 

You can learn how to quickly identify and correct your muscle imbalances with the “Lose the Back Pain System”. Click here to learn more about this proven system.

 

By Steve Hefferon (Fitness Trainer and Certified Massage Therapist) and Jesse Cannone – Creator of the International Best-Selling Back Pain Treatment Program “Lose the Back Pain System” and Best-Selling Book “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”

 

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click here to learn more

 

Does Physical Therapy Help Your Back Pain?

 

Does Physical Therapy Help Your Back Pain? If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, read on to find out what you can do to help your back pain
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Want to know what can help your back pain? When I first started in physical therapy in the early 1990s, I knew I had found something I loved to do, and it was a profession I was good at.

 

I soon realized I was spending more time doing paperwork than I was doing treatments. I began to hate my job, insurance companies, and the entire health care system. So I quit and became a bit of a maverick health care advocate.

 

Look, physical therapy (PT) should be the Holy Grail for anyone who suffers from back pain. The average PT has a master’s degree; some even have a doctorate level degree. So why can’t they help your back pain?

 

Let’s take a look at some of the treatments PTs have at their disposal, what their intended outcomes are, and why they fail to provide long-term relief:

 

  1. Hot Packs: They relax tight muscles and increase blood flow to the affected area in an attempt to reduce pain and promote healing.Yes, and so can a hot shower, bath, or dip in a hot tub. Of course, heat can play a critical role in your recovery, but I don’t think you need to pay $120 an hour to get a 10-minute heat treatment.

 

PTs can and should be using their time better. Besides, hot packs fail to address any physical problems such as strength or flexibility.

 

  1. Cold Packs:These are good analgesics that can help control inflammation in the early stages of an injury; cold packs are also a good post-treatment idea if the treatment caused a little irritation.

    As is the case with hot packs, cold packs do nothing to help your back pain because they do not address the underlying physical issues you might have. And the more time PTs spend on a temperature modality, the less time they will spend investigating the cause of your condition.

 

  1. Ultrasound:The theory here is that sound waves warm the affected area, with the goal of increasing blood flow and promoting tissue healing. Ultrasound can also be used to reduce inflammation and break up scar tissue.

    The downside is that ultrasound can only be used a limited number of times on the same spot. I have administered thousands of ultrasound treatments to thousands of clients, and I can say that the effect is minimal at best. This type of treatment is a time burner and does not address any physical aspects of your problem.

 

  1. Electrical Stimulation:Electrical current will cause a muscle to contract. If you are very weak – and I mean very weak – electrical stimulation can affect the strength of that muscle. The procedure can also be used to control pain for a short time. And I do mean a short time so it can’t help back pain in the long run.

 

Do I really need to say this again? Maybe not, but I will: All of these modalities can help to some degree, but they do nothing to address the physical aspect of your condition, which is muscle imbalance.

 

You can also watch a Video Article HERE to understand more about muscle imbalance.

 

Do you really want to spend 10 minutes on a hot pack, then undergo a 6-minute ultrasound treatment, and just before you leave get 10 minutes getting of electrical stimulation and cold packs? That adds up to 26 minutes, not including set-up time.

 

I realize that physical therapy consists of more than the four modalities listed above, but it’s my contention that these four account for more than half of your treatment time.

 

The other half is most likely “therapeutic exercises,” which includes a 10-minute warm-up – better known as a time burner – on the treadmill or stationary bike.

 

I’ve taken you 36 minutes into your one-hour treatment, and most of what you’ve done so far you could have done on your own. Remember, you’re paying $2 a minute. At this point, you may be asking yourself: What’s the PT going to do in the remaining 24 minutes that will help your back pain problem?

 

A little more about “therapeutic exercises”! I guess it’s just my nature to be nice, so I have a hard time bashing my beloved profession. But the truth is that the term “therapeutic exercises” means nothing more than routine stretching and exercise. The problem here is that all stretching and exercise programs are not created equal.

 

My biggest beef with modern physical therapy is that most of its practitioners don’t do enough one-on-one, down-and-dirty, hands-on WORK!

 

It starts with the evaluation. Let me reveal an insider’s secret: A PT will never question or change the prescription that the referring medical doctor (MD) gave you.

 

Why? Two reasons: one is liability and two is that the PT relies on the MD to refer clients to him. If the PT embarrasses the MD, he will never get another referral from that doctor.

 

So what happens is that the PT gets the prescription stating the diagnosis as “Back Pain,” and he proceeds to treat the symptoms of a condition the MD diagnosed, never addressing the root cause of your problem. Months or years later, you’re still in pain.

 

When a back pain sufferer goes to a PT, the evaluation certainly should take into account the referring doctor’s diagnosis. Next, the PT should make an effort to find the underlying cause of the condition (the missing link).

 

Once this is done, a very specific and targeted program should be developed for you and your condition. Rarely, if ever, are muscle imbalances and postural dysfunctions considered when a PT puts together a routine. There, I said it.

 

If your PT did not discuss the underlying cause of your condition with you and did not set up your program based on the underlying cause, here are some questions to ask:

 

  • What caused my condition in the first place?
  • Are you working on the root cause of my condition?
  • Did you identify any muscle imbalances? If so, would you write them down for me?
  • Which postural dysfunctions, if any, did you identify?
  • Are the stretching and exercises I’m doing going to bring my body back into balance, or are you just having me strengthen my core? (You want both.)

 

If you don’t get the answers or results you want, it’s time to find a new PT. Don’t be afraid to offend anyone. After all, it’s your life and your health, and you need to take control.

 

The better educated you are about your condition, the better chance you’ll have of receiving proper care. Above all, demand more one-on-one treatment time – in my opinion, 70 percent of the treatment session should be one-on-one.

 

Another alternative is to find a “Manual Physical Therapist.” These professionals are more likely to take a holistic approach, and the treatments are 90 percent one-on-one, using manual techniques that are far more effective than the four modalities I outlined above.

 

Let me assure you that the answer is out there for you and your condition, even though you may feel you’ve tried it all. The best thing you can do is to keep looking and educating yourself as best you can.

 

That is one of our missions here at The Healthy Back Institute. Everything you read or see on this site is designed to provide you with options you may want to explore if traditional treatments have failed you.

 

You now know the two things that killed physical therapy – lack of time and lack of proper treatment! Remember how we broke down an hour with a typical PT: 36 minutes of ineffective treatment and 24 minutes of “therapeutic exercises?”

 

If you go to a PT three times a week, that’s just 72 minutes where you’re doing anything that might actually help you. And, really, 72 minutes a week is not enough time to get anything done – and that’s assuming you’re doing the correct program in the first place.

 

By Steve Hefferon (Fitness Trainer and Certified Massage Therapist) and Jesse Cannone – Creator of the International Best-Selling Back Pain Treatment Program “Lose the Back Pain System” and Best-Selling Book “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”

 

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click here to learn more

 

What Causes Lower Back Pain, Neck Pain, Sciatica and Other Injuries?

 

What Causes Lower Back Pain, Neck Pain, Sciatica and Other Injuries? Do you know what causes lower back pain, neck pain, sciatica and other injury and what can be done if this happens to you? Read on to find out more
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Ever wonder what causes lower back pain? Being a Personal Fitness Professional, I hear from many people who are suffering from lower back pain, sciatic pain, and other various aches and pains… and unfortunately, these people are often misinformed.

 

One thing I am constantly hearing from people is “I’ve got a bad back,” or “just my old tennis elbow acting up”. This frustrates me because these people are misled and are often suffering unnecessarily.

 

My frustration is not with the person experiencing the problem, but with the Health and Medical Industry as a whole! Frequently, these people are diagnosed with conditions they don’t have such as Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and many others. Nearly all of the aches, pains, and injuries people experience are caused by muscle imbalances!

 

You can also watch a Video Article HERE to understand more about muscle imbalance which can give you a better understanding of what causes lower back pain.

 

What causes lower back pain?

 

The human body functions as a whole. The main reason people experience these problems are because certain muscles are pulling their body out of proper alignment.

 

First, you must understand some basic human anatomy. Most importantly, how does a muscle function? Muscles are connected to bones in two places, the insertion and the origin. In order for movement to occur the muscles must contract or shorten, which pulls on one end or attachment.

 

Two things can cause a muscle to pull too much when it is not being asked to contract. The most common cause is poor posture or positioning. An example of this would be how the hip flexor muscles (the muscles in the top front of your thigh that bring your leg forward) shorten while sitting.

 

The more time you spend sitting the more the hip flexor muscles will tighten due to poor positioning.  What’s worse is most of us spend a lot of time sitting! Whether it’s while driving, while at work, at home watching television, or at home on the computer! This sets you up for a big problem!

 

The other cause is a corresponding weakness, or lack of use in the opposing muscle groups. For example, the hamstring and gluteus muscles don’t get worked nearly as often as the hip flexors and quadriceps, unless of course one walked backwards. The pull of these muscles directly affects the positioning of the pelvis.

 

Think of a muscle imbalance as a tug of war. If one side is stronger it will over power the other muscle group. The tightening of the hip flexors pulls the front of the pelvis downward causing the lower back to arch excessively.

 

This is a serious problem because this puts unnecessary pressure on the discs and also the muscles of the lower back! This is what that causes lower back pain and injuries in most cases!

 

Not only do muscle imbalances affect every joint of your body; they also affect your internal organs! For example, what do you think happens to the space between your internal organs when your low back muscles are pulling you to right? Your overall health is affected by muscle imbalances!

 

I’ve worked with hundreds of people who have been diagnosed with so called conditions and are pain free with in just a few weeks! In most cases, all I had them do was stretch the muscles that were pulling too much and strengthen the ones that weren’t pulling enough!

 

Have you ever been to a Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, or Orthopedic Surgeon? Did they explain to you what causes lower back pain, aches and other injuries? Did they explain to you, which muscles were pulling too much? Did their treatment plan correct your condition, or did they just treat the symptom?

 

The major problem is that most medical professionals don’t look at the body as a whole. They zoom in on your problem area (symptom), in our example the low back.

 

Well, the cause of the problem is almost always the tightness of the hip flexors and quadriceps muscles, which are in the front of your body! Before you accept any diagnosis, just be sure that you have looked at all the possibilities.

 

Figuring out what is causing the problem (or will cause one in the future) is relatively easy. An extensive physical evaluation can be performed, which includes testing of muscular strength, flexibility, and function.

 

Gait (walking) and biomechanics should also be assessed to note any deviations that are the result of current muscle imbalances and ones that may cause future problems.

 

Once you know which muscles are too tight and which are too weak you can then begin correcting those imbalances. All it takes is some stretching and strengthening in the right places, which can take just a few minutes a day!

 

By Jesse Cannone – Creator of the International Best-Selling Back Pain Treatment Program “Lose the Back Pain System” and Best-Selling Book “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”

 

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click here to learn more

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