As a Chiropractor in Lakewood, OH, we must first begin our journey together with an assessment of where your body is at in the process of healing itself.
Everything you have been taught about your body is not wrong, it just may not be completely right.
However weird that may sound this paradox is more true than you can ever believe.
Defined, a paradox is the act of comparing similar objects or ideas, which on the surface appear as similar, however when deeply observed, they reveal unexpected and often captivating truth.
Once you discover that truth, you can never look at your world the same way.
The most pressing and honest paradox that rules your body is this: “You may not have what you think you got.”
In the case of traditional back pain:
Chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, massage therapists, etc. will all take the person suffering from low back pain at face value.
This means that, the main focus of their treatment’s centers solely within the area of their low back pain.
Let’s break it down by groups.
Traditional chiropractors treat low back pain by first taking X-rays as well as performing orthopedic exams to determine where specific problems lie within the spine or hips creating the back pain.
The patient is then brought back for second visit to review their finding. Called the Report of Findings, most chiropractors use this visit to sell patient on long term care. Different practice management groups rehearse and train chiropractors on the emphasizing certain weak points the x-rays will show plus the orthopedic tests to get the patient to buy into their proposed long term care.
Here is the paradox, everything they proclaim is true, however it is
The emphasis on the Report of Findings centers around their proclamation that the root cause for their back muscle pain result of either uneven hips or vertebral spinal bones becoming mis-aligned.
These mal-positioned bones are said to be compressing nerves that go to the muscles creating the pain. WHICH IS TRUE!
However, most of the chiropractic profession relies on the skill of their doctors adjusting whatever bone back into place assuming that that will take care of the problem.
It is not their fault.
Based on the current training much of the chiropractic philosophy rests on the bone out of place, putting pressure on the nerve as being the problem and solution.
As you will read, this view is short-sided and in reality that is why chiropractic has received the criticism is has gotten over the years.
The critique is “Don’t go to a chiropractor. You will feel good for a while but then you will be stuck continually having to go back to them.”
Read on, to understand what is really going on.
Orthopedic surgeons often rely on the same orthopedic exams, X-rays, then Cat-scans, and often MRI’s to determine where the nerve or is constricted creating the pain.
In the case of the orthopedic surgeon, usually by that time a condition has progressed to serious levels where if action is not soon taken, long term consequences of physical handicap result.
To be fair, once disks are bulging and bones are so out of place that pinched nerves are causing muscles to weaken to the point that they shrink in atrophy like when an arm or a leg comes out of a cast; then surgery is often your best option.
Physical therapists and athletic trainers do a wonderful job with identifying the weak muscles and giving the patient very focused and innovative exercises to strengthen and rehab weakened muscles they determine to be the reason for the low back pain.
Massage therapists, use various forms of massage to work out knots and relieve the pain created by constricted and overly tight muscles.
Moving back to the paradox of low back pain, where you hurt is usually not where your pain originated.
Reading my upcoming book will allow you to understand the very fine details of how these problems originate and how to get out of your pain patterns. For not the most important thing to do is to open your mind to understanding something old through a new pair of eyes.
From this new perspective realize that as humans are the only mammals that walk continually upright on 2 legs and 2 feet.
As mammals our underbellies, running from the top of our chest to our pelvis are very vulnerable to severe damage. A knife, bullet or a very hard blow to our torsos could kill us.
Our nervous system knows this and is continually cautious and careful with regards to keeping that area safe and somewhat always protected.
Two of man’s favorite mammals we keep as pets are dogs and cats.
Observe how the dog will tuck in its tail and curl its entire body inwards.
From the picture note how you can tell that that dog is not happy, and actually a little scared. To stick your hand close to this animal risks being bitten.
The cat on the other hand will raise all its hair on end, while still curling in its soft underbelly to protect that vital area as much as possible. In the picture below that toy scared this cat and caused it to jump away, from what it’s nervous system perceives to be a threat.
Although we are superior to dogs and cats we are still mammals. As such, when our nervous systems feel vulnerable and threatened, we curl in our midsections in much the same way as the dog and the cat. Observe the boxer below about to take a hit.
Note how he raises his arms to protect his face, but more importantly, how he curls his torso inward.
What often make me chuckle is the traditional slouched posture children take when they are bored, sad or overwhelmed. How many frustrated mom’s or teachers have you seen either cajoling, or raising their voices reminding kids to sit up, and stop slouching!
To a certain extent, certain children slouch due strictly to bad posture. However, more times than not what you are actually witnessing is a nervous system that is either tired, protected, or overwhelmed. Note how many times the child corrects their posture only to have it recoil back into a slouch within a few minutes.
What you are witnessing is not rebelliousness or stubborn opposition but rather a deeper imbalance taking place within the child’s nervous system. Their little bodies are tightening their abdominal muscles, hunching their shoulders and dropping their heads forwards in an attempt to protect their soft underbellies.
You might ask what does a boxer, a dog, a cat and a slouching child have to do with my back pain?
This is where we move onto the next stage of your journey to pain freedom > Stabilize