Guess what is the first thing people think of when they hear I’m a chiropractor.
Pretty obvious: they think of back pain.
If there is one thing that drives more people to my door than any other, it’s back pain.
Fortunately, in treating their back pain, we also treat dozens of other health problems, from headaches to hernias, and from asthma to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. That’s because the systems that monitor and manage all of our organs and our immune system run through the spine. When I align your spine, it’s like clearing debris out a roadway, allowing trucks to deliver supplies where they are needed.
Our bodies are amazing. But I digress.
Loosening Up Those Twisted Back Muscles
Much of the pain your experience in your back is because of tension in other muscles. If you remember back to the article about your core muscle group, you’ll remember that the core includes muscles around your midsection all the way up to your armpits and down to your knees. Those muscle groups are so intimately interwoven and interdependent that tension in one puts pressure on the others, forcing them to overcompensate.
Posture is an important part of that matrix, which is why I am starting to believe that office chairs may be as harmful to your health as smoking. Injury can also throw your back out of balance. Improper lifting techniques cause more workman’s comp claims than any other type of injury.
So, What Can We Do To Protect Ourselves?
The key to keeping your posture straight, your spine aligned, and your back strong is to keep all the core muscles loose and limber. If you’re already experiencing back pain, watch this video. This is the first of three exercises I want to show you that will help you loosen the tension in your legs that has been pulling your back out of alignment.
NOTE: These exercises are not for the faint of heart. You will be surprised at how tense those muscles are, and the first few times you do these exercises, well…I don’t want to scare you, but you may experience some discomfort. Once you get the tension out of these muscle groups, you will be amazed at how good you feel.
Thanks for taking the time to watch. If you know someone who deals with back pain, share this post with them. It might just be the answer they’ve been looking for. Also, I’d love to hear how this exercise has helped you. When you start doing it, share your experience with me on Facebook.
“At the end of your feelings is NOTHING. At the end of your principles is a PROMISE.” — Eric Thomas