Low back pain is just one of those things that will literally keep you from doing the normal things in life Even using the bathroom can become very difficult. One surprising statistic that I ran across was that low back pain actually costs our country more money than cancer. Wow! And one main reason for that is due to the fact that everyone will experience it in their lifetime.
Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for doctor visits. And the common treatment they usually give is rest and pain medications.
But in our clinic (Velocity Wellness Center) we find that there are 5 commonly overlooked reasons for low back pain. Once these are identified (the key) and overcome, you’ll be on the road to being pain free in no time.
#1: DIGESTIVE ISSUES
When you start to have digestive issues (bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc.) your nervous system will refer pain to your back. This is usually due to improper digestion leading to gas build up. Depending upon where you’re having issues in your digestive tract will determine where the pain will refer to.
Not having enough water in your body will cause your kidneys to work harder. Kidney issues will refer pain to the low back area. This will also place a strain on your colon to reabsorb and extract every last drop of water from the foods you eat. This will then start the constipation process.
Solution: hydrate! Drink at least 1 liter of water for every 50 pounds of body weight.
#3: SHORTENED PSOAS MUSCLE
The psoas muscle sits on the front of your spine (this is the tenderloin) and often becomes shortened due to inactivity and sitting for long periods (i.e. desk jobs). When this muscle is shortened it will put undue stress on the low back when you stand up or do some sudden movement. This can also cause lumbar disc issues because the psoas muscle is attached to the discs.
Solution: try not to sit for long periods of time. Try to get up every 30 minutes. Do some psoas stretching.
#4: EMOTIONAL STRESS
Emotions have a huge part in how your body functions and emotional stress will cause tightening of muscles. This is due to the stress response of “fight or flight”. Your muscles become hyper contracted in preparation to fight against an attacker or run away.
Solution: learn Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). See a practitioner who does Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) to help resolve some of the emotional stress (this is one technique we do in the office). Try adaptogens which will help balance the adrenal glands.
#5: UNDERLYING HEART ISSUE
There’s a syndrome that’s really unknown to most called “cardiac low back” where you may have an underlying heart issue that causes your low back to hurt. This is an reactive/protective mechanism your body instates to stop you from exerting more.
Solution: learn about “heart rate variability”. There are tools out there that can help you with this. Make sure to keep your inflammation levels down through dietary measures as well as supplementation such as MultiVitamin (which contain Vit B6, B12, Folic Acid which all help to decrease homocysteine levels). We’ll discuss more on this topic in the near future!