Living with Back Pain
Has your back recently forced you to pay attention to it because it went out or has chronically giving up? It seems that back problems are ubiquitous and often appear in childhood or adolescence. No matter who you are, a troubled back wont leave itself waiting to tell you about it. Your back will usually give you signs of trouble. You may notice discomfort turning a certain way or feel stiff upon waking. Symptoms may not always start in your back, but instead appear as stiff necks and shoulders bespeaking of troubled spines. Many people, feeling overwhelmed with other chores and responsibilities, shove these discomforts on the back burner, willing them to pass by unresolved. Most people dont bother with it until that sudden and debilitating onset. Suddenly your back problem has become your priority because you cant perform important routine task or even enjoy your pastime and so your livelihood is at stake. So what happens when your back goes out?
Vertebral Motion Dysfunction
Reduced motion dysfunction, or hypomobility, in the back has several theoretical explanations. Synovial disk may get entrapped
between the bony surfaces of adjacent vertebrae. Opposing joint surfaces may simply lose proper contact so as to get “off the right track”. Most chiropractors would suggest that the synovial fluid between the vertebrae has become too sticky. It has been observed that after the low amplitude thrust high velocity mobilization, synovial fluid turns into synovial gas, thus relieving the pressure, associated with the popping sound of an adjustment.
A couple other plausible theories suggests that spinal motion becomes dysfunctional due to changes in muscle tone and length or due to changes in the myofascial or connective tissues following some interference such as trauma, inflamation, degeneration, etc.
Muscle Your Hardware
As DO Philip Greenman eloquently summarizes ” the nervous system is the software and the muskuloskeletal system is the hardware” of your body, so no matter what actually occurs when your back gives up on you, restoring your muscle functionality always plays a significant role in restoring your back. A combination of overly tight and loose muscles causes loss of muscle control needed to keep the spine properly aligned throughout the ever changing daily demands on the body. Same can be said about myofascia which responds well to manual therapy.