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If you have back pain in Victoria, you may have realized it’s a hidden epidemic. 80% of Canadians will experience it at least 1 time in their life.
Low back pain has been one the of drivers for our opioid prescriptions. The increased awareness of the risks, limited ability to work well and the potential for misuse or addiction has the research saying that medication should not be the main source of treatment.
There are better options that are safe and can still offer you results – self-management, manual therapy, movement and exercise, psychological therapies, and food changes. The results from pharmaceuticals and surgery have been less than impressive. This is why we look at it “holistically” and from many viewpoints.
We know that back pain is more than just “tight muscles”, “poor posture”, or being overweight.
If you’re struggling with back pain and what to do or are not sure where to turn to, you’ve made the first step along your path to feeling better.
Daryl has been helping his clients with back pain in Victoria for several years and can help guide you on your path to taking “back” your life.
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Athletic Therapy makes taking care of your body easy.
Our athletic therapist provides hands-on manual therapy and corrective exercises to keep you feeling better, longer.
Where can your back pain come from?
Structural – Your muscle bones, and joints
This can be from “poor” posture, “poor” core control, or the “tight” muscles. While you’ve probably heard “poor posture is the cause of your back pain”, we don’t fully believe this to be true. The Strains and sprains to the joint mostly occur when we engage in tasks that our body is not used to, or in an accident. Bending down and twisting, reaching for a sock, or stretching past your limit are common causes of strains and sprains on your back. Though, not dangerous in nature, they can be extremely painful.
Our gut bacteria play a large role in our overall health – cardiovascular, mental health, and even pain. A study in 2019, found for the first time that gut bacteria is associated with chronic pain. There’s also research showing that back pain symptoms may be reduced by antibiotics. This isn’t something we suggest but the evidence is starting to mount for bacteria.
Everything is connected and we’re still learning “how” but we know that it plays a role – sometimes small, sometimes big. Constipation, IBS, and bloating have been found to be contributors to back pain. When you are experiencing stress in one of your digestive organs, that organ will send a message back to the spinal cord via the same nerve that goes to a corresponding muscle. As a result, the corresponding muscle will become tense, contracted and painful. A massage or chiropractor adjustment may be why you feel good after a few days but your pain eventually comes back. Without working on that organ, that pain will eventually come back.
Anxiety, depression, stress sensitivity, and sleep problems affect people of all incomes equally, increasing their risk of developing back pain. This doesn’t mean your pain is “in your head” – because it’s definitely real. It means that if you only address the structures without address elsewhere, you’ll never find the full relief that you’re looking for.
Other Health Conditions
Atherosclerosis and high cholesterol have been associated with low back pain, commonly degenerative disc disease, lumbar pain, and sciatica. Arthritis can also be a contributor to back pain. Most inflammatory back pain is can be caused by certain autoimmune conditions. An autoimmune condition can occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy body tissue. Most known are ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis. Even Thyroid conditions are associated with back pain
Common types of back pain
Disc Bulges and Herniations
A herniated disc (also called bulged, slipped or ruptured – PS it’s a terrible name and not accurate) is a portion of the inside of the disc is pushed out of the annulus, into the spinal canal through a tear or rupture in the annulus
Sprains and Strains
Low back muscle strains and sprains are a common causes of low back pain. While not serious in nature, they can cause terrible pain and fear of moving. The QLis the most common muscle that is irritated for this, it’s typically felt on either side of the spine, one side or both
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disk disease, or DDD, occurs when regular changes in your spinal disks start to “wear down”. Spinal disks are your shock absorbers, the jelly donuts if you will, between the bones of your spine. As we get older, they start to show signs of wear and tear and this may or may not cause pain.
Chronic Back Pain
This can range from where you carry your stress, bacterial imbalances in the gut, and period pain.
Sciatica is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and leg. The medical term for sciatica is lumbar radiculopathy.
Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis and Ankylosing spondylitis seem to be the most common types of Arthritis that we see in our clinic
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