Low Back Pain
Most of us have experienced the stiffness or agony of lower back pain. For those of you who have not... be thankful!
Lower back pain is another common complaint I hear about from clients; and as a former sufferer of the aforementioned condition... I can in fact, relate to their misery! And when it’s bad... it’s BAD! Even "thinking" about moving, causes a stabbing pain!
The last back event that I had was years ago, prior to my "discovering" Trigger Point therapy. Previous to that, I would get an "attack" on average, once a year. It would take several days to get back to work. Now that I keep those back muscles free from trigger points, I have been relatively pain free.
So what is this issue of lower back pain?
Trigger points (TrPs) in the abdominals, quadratus lumborum (QL), psoas and gluteus medius, are the ‘heavy hitters’ in this department. Active TrPs in the quadratus lumborum, can literally bring you to your knees! It feels like there is some serious damage happening with the spine when these TrPs act up! The QL is affected by emotional stress as well; so this could explain why your back tends to “go out” when you are under a lot of stress.
Of course day to day physical stuff, can cause latent* trigger points to become active*... then the pain can strike swiftly and stop you in your tracks! It can get so bad, that you are literally unable to move without excruciating pain!
The good news is; if trigger points are the cause of this pain, then removing them will bring relief... almost no doubt about it!
All back pain has a myofascial component! If back muscles are not free from TrPs, it is unlikely that any lasting relief will be obtained.
There is a lot more information on this topic (too much to list here); however if you are suffering with low back pain, or any other pain and you are not getting better, then you owe it to yourself to try Trigger Point bodywork!
*Latent trigger points are in the muscle, but do not cause pain/symptoms.
*Active trigger points produce pain/symptoms. Trigger points can change from active to latent, which can lead you to believe that the problem is "better", when actually the trigger points are still in the muscle. All trigger points must be removed before lasting relief is obtained.
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