So Many Sufferers
If you go to lunch with 2 other people, more than half of you will suffer from low back pain and for at least one of you it will be chronic and repetitive. That means that 66% of us must deal with disabling stress of low back pain.
This is no surprise to us as we see many patients with this problem. The sad part is that many of them have experienced substandard treatment. Rest and avoidance have been drilled into so many when that is the worst thing to do. The best thing, an active approach, is often met with severe skepticism.
Let us be clear. The patients who experience the best results are those who reestablish core stability. This is true in both resting postures but also in repetitive life like movements.
Restore the Hip to Secure Recovery
As we discussed, the statistics are clear that low back pain will affect most of us. However, the important thing to learn is why low back pain is so prevalent. Our patients must learn how to understand their vulnerabilities so they may manage them to avoid recurrence.
The ball and socket joint of the hip is likely the most underutilized asset in the body. When we use it through full range and with a stable core, there is very little that can go wrong. On the contrary, if we neglect to use it, then we will certainly misuse our low back with very poor and unstable mechanics. In other words, we will grind through our low back until something gives out.
The struggle for many is that our body is incredibly resilient. We can make these errors for years with no problems. But, we have a saying in the office – “Compensations work until they don’t. And when they don’t, it gets very ugly very quickly.”
There is Hope
Many patients respond very well to our adjustments and massage therapy treatments. But, the thing that starts building confidence that there truly is hope is the seated hinge exercise.
This exercise helps improve range of motion at the hip while stabilizing the low back. At first, many patients are apprehensive. But as we teach them how to stabilize the core and “roll” through the hip they are astonished. They can do the exercise with no pain or significantly less pain.
This is a big step on many levels, but two in particular:
- They have confidence that they can go through sitting and standing without much difficulty
- When they use the old/bad mechanic, they are reminded very quickly (PAIN) to do it the right way.
Make Low Back Pain a Thing of the Past
Our reviews are very clear. Over 400 of our patients have experienced massive improvements. Enough to give us a 5-Star review. Many of them were low back pain patients. If you are ready to stabilize your back while restoring the power of the hip, then it’s time to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to help.