Do You Know the Real Cause of Your Back, or Neck Pain?
At the Backbone Wellness we help patients daily with lower back pain, and neck pain… and the most common cause of pain is imbalances in the body.
Feeling pain getting out of bed, when you walk, when you sit, or just living your everyday life might be because something is out of balance.
Imbalances can be hard to spot, because not many people understand WHAT they are and how to spot them (including most doctors!)…
We have seen that a lot of advice you get for things like lower back, knee and neck pain not only fails to bring you the relief you’re after – but it can also make your pain WORSE.
For instance, you might have heard from professionals, family members and friends that you need to “strengthen your core” to get rid of the pain…
Strengthening a muscle may help in some cases, but if that muscle has been tight for months (… or even years) while the antagonist muscle is too weak, this muscular imbalance can be aggravated even more by the wrong exercise.
Our goal in this blog post is for you to learn how to recognize your own imbalances, how they cause pain in different parts of your body, and what you can do to ease the pain that you just can’t seem to get rid of.
How Do I Help My Neck Pain?
You can’t put the roof on straight is you pour the basement wrong – So, neck pain can often come from its base – your shoulders.
Let me explain…
An easy way to find out if you have shoulder problems is to stand in front of a mirror – close your eyes – look up and down five times – look straight ahead and open your eyes. Is one shoulder is higher than the other?
One of your shoulders being higher than the other is an indication of an imbalance in your shoulders structure and ability to move properly. When the tension builds up in your shoulder muscles, the pain is often sent to your neck.
Stretch to help neck pain:
Try the single-arm doorway stretch – this stretch is used to open your chest muscles and create more room in your shoulder for movement. Flexibility leads to being pain-free over time.
To get a full stretch, place your hand on the side of a doorway and lean forward to open chest and shoulder (your upper girdle)… but keep your feet flat on the ground.
But what if your shoulders are even? Your pain or headaches could be coming from a forward head carriage…
Have someone take a picture of you from the side, standing naturally – if your head is leaning further forward than your shoulders, this can decrease the natural curve of your neck, which could be causing headaches.
How Do I Help My Lower Back Pain?
Back pain can be caused by loading your spine unevenly. If one side of your pelvis is higher than the other, this can lead to back, hip, groin, and even knee pain.
This unevenness can be caused by tightness in your hips, this can then pull on your lower back, causing extreme tightness, especially while sitting or standing for too long. Doing the right stretches will help reduce pain and allow you to move freely once again.
Stretch to help fix this:
What if I’m ready to get rid of my pain problem?
If you want to fix your imbalances, you should consider asking for some help from an expert.
So many of our patients initially put off getting treatment as they believe the pain will ‘go away with time’, but then they come to us 6 months down the line with a problem which is much worse.
Many of our patients have found that since lockdown they’ve been suffering from more aches and pains than they did before, this is because we all stayed at home either working or spending our days in front of the television.
What Else Can I Do?
You’ve made a great first step by reading this blog post!
It’s unfortunate - We have just seen so many people over the years put off getting help - thinking that their pain will ‘just go away in time’
,,, but then 6 months down the line they’re still in pain, but with one difference… their pain has actually got worse.
Expert advice, exercises, and hands-on treatment provided by a 24 year professional can help improve your pain, as well as improve posture and strengthen weakened muscles and fixing your imbalances – can help to very quickly relieve your neck or back pain.
Would you like to see a Chiropractor for free?
We realize some people want more than just some free health tips… That’s why we offer expert advice about the worry and frustration of life-changing aches and pains – for FREE, in under 30 minutes.
Here are just a few of the things you will learn in one of our free discovery sessions:
- What is the underlying cause of your back pain?
- How long will it take to fix my problem?
- What to do to help – which doesn’t include painkillers, resting or surgery etc.
- What other, natural, drug-free methods are there to speed up recovery alongside treatment?
Our discovery sessions are great for anyone that may be “unsure” if chiropractic is right for them, and they give you the opportunity to ask questions and see for yourself if we can help you.
If you would like one of our limited taster sessions, Click here:
… pick a time that works for you and we’ll do the rest!
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