Suffering From Low Back Pain & Nothing Seems to Help?
There are many different causes of low back pain. It can be as simple as a misalignment of the joint in the low back or pelvis, muscle spasm, or a more complex issue that requires a completely different approach. We are seeing more and more people in our office that have tried many approaches to helping their low back pain, including pain killers, anti-inflammatories, chiropractic, physical therapy, and more. One often-overlooked underlying cause of low back pain is due to a pelvic instability/hypermobility. Whether it is from sitting all day, being in a car accident with your foot on the brake at the moment of impact, or a simple fall or misstep, all of these can contribute to or cause a pelvic instability/hypermobility.
What is a pelvic instability/hypermobility? The sacroiliac joint (SIJ), which is where your iliac bones connect to your sacrum, is an extremely important joint. The SIJ has two major functions: weight bearing/force transmission and meningeal balance. This means that the ligaments that hold the joint together must first take on the weight of the entire upper body before the leg muscles can engage to support that weight. It is also responsible for dampening the shock forces when your leg or butt hits the ground. The meningeal balance function is how cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flows up and down your spinal column to feed all of your nerves in and outside your spine and, most importantly, your brain. The brain cannot allow its feeding mechanism to become compromised. So when that joint becomes wobbly due to a ligament sprain, or lengthening from various types of trauma, the next course of action your brain takes is altering the focal point of weight bearing/force transmission to lower lumbar spine causing severe stiffness especially in the morning. This adds additional compressive forces on those discs and can result in a disc bulge and/or herniation over time. I believe it is important to understand the underlying mechanisms so that the approach to healing not only encompasses symptom relief, but also true healing so your pain does not return.
There are many symptoms that present when you have a sacroiliac instability/hypermobility due to muscular adaptations. To name a few: low back pain, shoulder pain, tingling or numbness in hands/arms, grinding teeth at night, neck pain, knee pain, TMJ dysfunction/pain/popping, sciatica, and even headaches. Other signs are when you stretch, it feels great at the time, but within an hour or so, your pain is back and possibly worse. Massage helps, but the tightness and pain returns within a day or two.
What can be done to help? It is actually fairly simple. The ligaments of the pelvis need to heal with the respective bones in an ideal position so that true pelvic stabilization can occur. When this happens, not only will you be pain-free, but you will also feel more limber and won’t have to experience that tightness you wake up with every morning. We accomplish this through a specific Sacro Occipital Technic (SOT®) approach that ensures optimal healing in the shortest time frame possible. The best part is that we use a system of neurological indicators that not only direct the doctor to the exact anatomical and biomechanical areas of dysfunction, but as the patient, you can see immediate improvement. For more information, call (732) 747-0083.