Low back pain

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 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. We’ve written our “Top 7 ways to reduce back pain” on what you can do to help your back pain

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Symptoms of back pain

Troubles sleeping on that side

Numbness and tingling down the leg

Pain when you’re lifting something

Pain bending down

Inability to sit for longer periods of time

Numbness from using the toilet

Back pain after running

Low back pain after working out

Common types of back pain

Working with an athletic therapist in victoria bc to improve 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

Improving core strength to reduce back pain in victoria

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.

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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.

A massage therapist reducing back pain
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

An elderly man with back pain in victoria

Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis and Ankylosing spondylitis seem to be the most common types of Arthritis that we see in our clinic

ICBC active rehab and kinesiologist working to reduce back pain from a car accident
Chronic back pain

This can range from where you carry your stress, bacterial imbalances in the gut, and period pain

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Who are the types of people we see with back pain?

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Nurses are among the professionals with the highest incidence rates of work-related low back problems. Due to the low back pain caused by these risk factors, every year thousands of nurses in the world work with less efficiency, receive medical reports and/or retire early. Especially the nurses working in intensive care units experience low back pain more frequently due to reasons such as providing patient care by bending forward for long durations, over-forcing/over-loading some body parts while repositioning patients, and sparing more time for patient care. If you know a nurse, consider letting them know about this

Using athletic therapy to improve back pain
Office workers

A dislocation is when the shoulder “comes out of the socket” and you need help “putting it back in”. A Subluxation is a very similar sensation but the joint comes close to “coming out” but doesn’t fully, it’s a very uncomfortable and unsettling feeling.

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Did you hurt yourself playing your sport?  Whether it’s throwing a ball, shooting a puck, or hitting a volleyball, we’re able to help reduce and eliminate the pain that you’re getting

Sync Therapy athletic therapists treating a knee pain in victoria
Motor Vehicle accidents

Been involved in a car accident that has left you with a shoulder injury? We’re able to work with you and ICBC to get you to feeling better

Where can back pain come from?

Structural; Muscles, 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 of your back. Though, not dangerous in nature, they can be extremely painful

Gut and poor digestion

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.

Mental Health

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


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Daryl stubbs is the RMT, athletic therapist, and holsitic nutritionist from sync therapy


I Am Daryl Stubbs.

Massage Therapist, Athletic Therapist & Nutritionist

I have 7+ years of clinical experience helping people recover from back pain. I’ve helped hundreds of people get out of pain and get back to what they want to be doing. It’s my mission to help you to recover and feel better.

How I Can Help?

Massage Therapy

Using hands-on relief with massage can reduce your back pain and allow you to move again without discomfort


There's research that shows that bacteria, inflammation, and other medical conditions can contribute to your back pain - no, you don't need to make a whole diet change.

Exercise programs

I can create a plan that includes the right movement, hands-on therapy, and foods/supplements to help reduce your pain. All of our plans are customized to you

What they don't tell you about back pain

 We believe that there are times that it’s important to understand the official diagnosis and there are times not to. Pain in itself can be pretty tricky to navigate, as everyone is different. There are plenty of people and therapists that believe that poor posture, “degenerative disc disease”, and Sciatica are the causes of pain.

We’d argue that!

You can read more in-depth at the relationship between posture and postureWe don’t argue that posture has an effect on the pain, it’s just quite a bit less than most people think. Imaging and MRI’s can be extremely misleading.If you take people without back pain and put them through a CT scan or MRI scan, you get some pretty crazy results

Percentage of people that have “disc degeneration” WITHOUT back pain

  • 37% of 20-year-olds
  • 80% of 50-year-olds
  • 96% of 80-year-olds

Percentage of people that have “disc bulging” WITHOUT back pain

  • 30% of 20-year-olds
  • 60% of 50-year-olds
  • 84% of 80-year-olds

You can see that the imaging and the “diagnosis”, just doesn’t fit with your pain. We don’t doubt that there are cases that those cause the pain, it’s just not all of them. If we focus only on that, we may miss the real reason why you’re in pain

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