Three common ways people develop back problems include poor digestion, poor movement, and emotional stress, much of which is fueled by low quality nourishment and trauma. Digestion is inextricably linked to our nervous system, our intestines are now dubbed the “second brain” by medical doctors, and toxins destroy the membrane of the gut preventing good absorption and excretion. Without proper absorption of nutrients, our body is unable to process vitamins and minerals to relay pinnacle chemical and hormonal processes such as the creation of serotonin, gaba, and vitamin d creation, to name only a few. Further impacting this is the body’s inability to contract intestine musculature and excrete, thus creating damage to the colon and compacting toxins. This poor nourishment and gut damage shuts down the nervous system of the gut which is directly linked to the lumbar both through muscles, tendons, and nervous systems creating pain and other back problems.
Poor nourishment is not the only lifestyle choice leading to chronic back pain in the United States. Our obsession with sitting in today’s fast-paced business life and technology-driven industries lure us into forward head posture, as we glance at our interfaces throughout the day leads us to more than just sore overworked and weak muscles –this static posture leads us to neurological and skeletal deformities and trauma. In fact sitting has been deemed as detrimental as smoking on our health, and one of the first key indicators of the effect is in the compression and weakness it generates in our lower backs.
Our choices for nourishment and movement affect our spinal health directly and through functional means; yet there is an often ignored less obvious cause of lower back pain– stress. Overworked and underslept, our society has created a catastrophic situation of elevated cortisol and glucose surging through our nervous system. We have misregulated our circadian rhythms further creating havoc on our hormones, and inversely our digestion. A lack of sleep is considered as traumatic as most post traumatic stress disorders.
By looking at three problems that cause lower back problems, we can easily summarize three steps to wellness to find improvement- nourishment, movement, and lifestyle. Focusing on improving these 3 steps creates an opportunity of high probable effect to lower back pain. It’ll become part of the unpleasant past.
The first consideration in treating lower back pain is realizing that pain is about nerve dis-ease, or lack of health. If your nervous system is not properly functioning, pain is a symptom to the host to change the cause or issue. In order to reboot the nervous system even after improving nourishment, movement and lifestyle is assuring that the nervous system can function properly which is dependent on oxygen via blood pathways as well as appropriate skeletal alignment so muscles and surrounding spinal support systems can fire allowing for optimal movement and neuronal health.
As a large portion of your nervous system travels through your spine, as well as the spinal cord acting as a direct channel to the brain, any misalignment or malfunction of the spine can create false signals of pain (even after the trauma or problem has been removed), thus the entire system needs to be rebooted to provide proper oxygen and nourishment to the spine and the spinal nerves that branch out to muscles and organs of the body. Chiropractic is an essential tool to allow the body to perform this healing by removing interference in the nervous system. As a future chiropractor, my role in addition to realigning the spine is to also coach and motivate clients on how to nourish, move, and deactivated stress in order to prevent their chronic lower back pain. As stated in the 2004 study, A practice-based study of patients with acute and chronic low back pain attending primary care and chiropractic physicians: two-week to 48-month follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutic, chiropractic treatments have been shown to be more effective than medical care.