The majority of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. This sometimes debilitating condition costs the country 60 billion dollars per year. Unfortunately, all the studies have shown that regardless of what one does for treatment, everybody winds up with the same end result, which is far from satisfactory. In other words, all treatments are relatively ineffective and are actually rated by which ones hurt people the least, rather than help the most. Back surgery fails so often it even has its own insurance code. I propose that the reason better results aren’t obtained is because an erroneous model is being followed, therefore failure is the most logical outcome.
There are many different causes of low back pain. This article is focusing on one of the most common scenarios, which is back pain involving a swollen disk. Sharp pain, sciatica (pain going down the leg), severe postural distortions, difficulty getting up, and difficulty walking are common occurrences. Many times a bulging disk is apparent on an MRI, but not always. Treatments are usually aimed at the area of the lower lumbar disks, most often L-4 and L-5 levels. Herein lays the problem. Yes, there is pain present in the lower lumbar region, but he disk is NOT the cause, it is an EFFECT. Treating effects can relieve symptoms, but it does not fix the cause and that is the primary reason why most treatments are not having good long term success.
Often, when low back pain strikes, the person is doing something as gentle as picking up a pencil or brushing their teeth. It is illogical to think that those activities would cause such pain. I suggest the body was already in a state of dysfunction and all it took was the wrong movement (usually forward) for the symptoms to manifest. Why? That is the question that should be asked but usually isn’t. What causes this dysfunction that prohibits one from being able to do very simple tasks without the danger of igniting severe back pain. Based on over twenty years of experience here is what I have found to be a model that works so well clinically that the “experts” would say is impossible. Not only are fast, lasting results possible, they can be achieved with almost every patient who has this type of back problem.
With this type of patient, the pelvis is usually in a state of rotation. This rotation causes sheer stress on the lower lumbar region and that puts pressure on the disks. This is like pinching one end of a balloon and the other side bulges. The same thing is happening to the involved disk. What is important here is the reason for the pelvic rotation. This gets to the root cause of the problem. There is a broad pelvic stabilizing muscle called the iliacus, and when it is neurologically compromised it creates pelvic weakness which then allows for the rotation. For a muscle to be in a state of weakness the nerve innervating it has to be involved. In the case of the iliacus the nerve involved is the same nerve that innervates the intestines. Nerves are two way streets. They can be affected not only at the spinal level but also peripherally at their destination. In this case, the intestinal issue triggers the nerve irritation which then cause the muscles sharing that nerve to be affected. The nerve source is actually higher up at the L-1 level but the pelvic rotation is what causes the low back pain. This rotation must be addressed to get fast and lasting results, which means the intestinal problem needs to be addressed specifically.
For disk swelling and pain I like using proteolytic enzymes like bromelain often throughout the day. The intestinal treatment needs to match the needs of the patient. Common issues are having too much bad bacteria in the gut, yeast and fungal overgrowth, parasites, constipation, etc. Structural and neurological corrections are helpful. I employ gentle therapies focusing on involved nerve roots and muscles. I personally use an adjusting instrument, percussion, cold laser, and muscle balancing techniques. It is not uncommon to observe results in days that the text books say takes six months to achieve. When the intestinal component is treated to completion, the results will be permanent.
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