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Why do we have Back Pain?

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

Lower Back Pain

Back pain can be originated by two principal causes:

1. Structural Issues of the body.

2. Functional Issues of the body.

1 Structural Issues can be represented by:

A. Spinal Issues: Scoliosis; Flat Spine; kyphosis; Lordosis.

B. Musculoskeletal System Issues: Hypertonic or Hypotonic muscles; Muscular Imbalances.

A. Spinal Issues can lead you to the nerves compression due to “Bulging Disc” or “Herniated

Disc”, a condition that can be permanent or temporary.

Bulging Disc is a more common condition, often temporary, caused by overloading the lumbar spinal tract.

This overloading of the spine can be functional ( overuse of the musculoskeletal system ) or Structural ( reduction of “Shock Absorber Function” of the Spine).

The Shock Absorber Function of the spine is built entirely around two systems:

  • Spinal Curvatures (cervical concave curvature; Thoracic convex curvature; Lumbar concave curvature).

  • Spinal Discs.

Spine's Curvatures

Modifications of the physiological curvatures compromise the shock absorber function of the spine itself.

At the same way structural issue of the spinal disc ( e.g. dehydration ) can lead to the reduction of shock absorber function of the spine.

Herniated Disc is a less common condition but with the same causes of the bulging disc, even if with more effects on the spinal structure.

Disc Dysfunctions

A. Musculoskeletal System Issues are the most common cause of back pain.

They can be assessed through a good Postural Assessment to check all the muscular imbalances and forces imbalances of the body’s equilibrium.

2. Body Functional Issues are produced from all our incorrect postural body behaviour during our daily lifetime:

  • Incorrect posture job related ( Desk Job, Manual Work )

  • Incorrect workout posture.

  • Over-training.

  • Inactivity.

The first approach to the Back Pain is to treat the symptoms, but It’s as much important to determinate the causes that have produced it.

This is an important fact because even if we treat and cure the symptoms ( pain, inflammation, soreness ) of the back pain, it can come back again after a few time.

In conclusion, to tackle the problem “Back Pain“, It’s very important to consider and analyse all the possible causes as highlighted above.

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