Peak Motion: Where Is Back Pain Coming From?

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Your spine is a complex part of your body – it requires properposture,flexibility,coordination,andstrength, in ordertodo its jobcorrectly.Whenoneoftheseelements is altered, your spine can emit painful responses that can settle in other nearby parts of the body. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is actually the most commonly reported location of pain across the globe. But how often is the source actually another part of your body? Pain is usually connected: Your spine is a lengthy structure, and pain can travel along it.Let’ssayyouareprone toneckpain–perhaps you have a slouched posture from sitting at a desk all day and the pressure radiates in your shoulders. Or, maybe you’ve had a previous injury, such as whiplash, thatstillelicitspainfulstingseverynowand then.Now,

let’s say you begin feeling pain in your lower back in addition to your neck pain. Why does this happen? Basically, the pains are connected to each other. Your head weighs about 10-12 pounds, which is roughly the weight of a bowling ball. When you slouch, or compensate pain by realigning your body, your back muscles have to work extra hard to keep you from toppling forward. Have you ever been so tired that your head begins to bob and it jolts you awake?That’s becauseyourhead isheavy!Theweightfromthemotion wakes you back up because your body isn’t used to carrying it in that way. This is also why pain in your lower back may occur as a result. Your back muscles are working in overdrive and may be constricting to try and hold you up. If you notice neck and back pain at the same time as one another, try sitting up straighter – it should help ease some of the stress!

Patient Success SPOTLIGHT

My symptoms decreased and my condition improved! "I originally injured my ribs a little over a year ago during a jiu-jitsu class. Although PT is usually the first thing I try, my usual physical therapist had moved.So, Iput itoffandsaw twoother doctorsandachiropractor,beforefinally finding my way to Peak Motion. My symptoms decreased and my condition improved fairly quickly. I was able to return to jiu-jitsu with no pain. Peak Motion and Bre Lohn will be my first stop after my next jiu-jitsu injury.Thank you tobothBreandJonathan forgetting me in fighting shape again.” - Sarah S.

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