Having low back pain is not life threatening, it is for many though it is seriously threatening to quality of life.
For the worst sufferers – back pain can represent a life spent in fear of sudden pain in the low back which comes with no warning and can put you out of action and into severe pain for weeks at a time. Back pain can be as scary as it is painful.
For others your back problem just means that there are certain activities that you can’t do without a guaranteed pain in the low back.
The connection between having Low back pain and a weak core in our experience is consistent and profound. 99% of all toothache is related to dental decay and 99% of all back pain comes with a weak core to one degree or another.
A better practical understanding of how your core works is often the most important box that needs to be ticked for you to become pain free long term.
‘The Core’ is the collective name we give to muscles that provide support to the trunk region, it distinguishes these deep muscles from muscles that create movement. Difinitively these core muscles are deep so you can’t see them – which perhaps is why there is so much confusion even among health and fitness professionals as to which precise muscle groups they are.
For our purposes it’s probably enough to know that if you can see it then it isn’t the core. Many of the stiffest lower backs and weakest cores we have seen over the years were in those who sport magnificent 6 packs. In contrast the average sumo wrestler has superhuman strength in their core… truly well hidden!
If you have worked hard at your core strength but still have a bad back it definitely puts a question mark over whether you have successfully targeted the deepest layer of the core. The best way to check is to have us do some simple tests which can quickly establish whether you have control of the deeper muscles. In many instances that person will be a chiropractor.
For most back pain sufferers effective activation and strengthening of the deep core ( where it really counts ) is a matter of great focus subtlety and persistence . We coach people to develop this skill ‘one on one’ and find that it brings consistent breakthroughs.
Our approach to chiropractic is born out of a desire to help you find not only pain relief but to understand what practical steps you might make to get pain free. Working with traditional chiropractors and traditional chiropractic alone is not always to achieve great outcomes.
If you want to work with chiropractors who have a trogon focus on rehabilitation we may be there right fit for you.