Understanding The Cause of Your Lower Back Pain

Lower  back pain is the most common  cause of disability worldwide.  In fact as many as 50% of all working adults in the USA complain about having some kind of back related ailments each year, and as many as 8% of all adults will experience some kind of back pain  within their lifetime. Back pain is also the most common cause for missed work and the second most common reason for visits to the doctors office.

What causes Lower Back Pain?

People that work desk jobs or those that lift heavy objects on a regular  basis are often afflicted with back lower pain. Many people turn to pain relievers to try and alleviate their pain however these things typically are only a short term mask of the pain that will assuredly come right back when the medicine has worn off.

Understanding soft tissue issues that lead to lower back pain and muscle strains

While Lower Backpain can occur for a variety of reasons and throughout many muscles  there are several that are the most common culprets. These include the Butt muscles that consist of the Gluteus  Maximus, Minimus, and Medius. The Hanstrong muscles, (Semitendinosus & Semimembranosus,),Hip Flexors ( Psoas), as well as other muscles you may not suspect like the calf muscles (Piriformis Soleus), Abdominal muscles (Rectus Abdominis) and the Quads (Quadratus Lumborum (QL) Longissimus & Multifidi ).

Common Terminology 

In order to get to the bottom of your Lower back pain issues it is important to understand at least some of the mechanics of the human body.

Fascia is a fibrous connective tissue  that occurs in sheets and lays beneath the skin and the muscles.

another important term to know is Trigger points, which are an area of the body that is sensitive to stimulation or irritation and can have an effect on another area of the body.  Trigger points can be very  tender and cause generalized musculoskeletal pain if they are overstimulated

Massage Therapy  or MyoFascial Release is used to treat issues that correspond with trigger points.

This is a a process of performing soft tissue therapy that treats the immobility and pain of the skeletal muscle and is intended to help relax contracted muscles , stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles as well as  improve the flow of blood and lymphatic circulation.

 

 

James Joiner

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