Back pain is not only costing the UK more to ‘manage’ than cancer treatments, it’s also commonly costing sufferers thousands seeking out professionals to fix them.
In this blog, I want to help you understand some BASICS when it comes to completely removing back pain from your life for good.
I highlight the BASICS because most of what I am going to talk about in this blog and on-going blogs for the Back Pain Clinic link with the work we do with EVERY single one of our patients, and it’s work we’ve been doing for more than a decade.
Firstly, back pain is very rarely purely a ‘back issue’. In fact, in reality there is no such thing as a back: it’s a collection of systems that all work holistically or, in other words, as part of a complete system of systems.
Therefore, unless back pain is caused by a direct injury to the back it has many causes. This means many areas need to be addressed if a long-term solution and full recovery is EVER going to take place.
This blog focuses on one of the most common health dysfunctions related to back pain, and it’s one of the main reasons why the vast majority of back pain treatments DO NOT WORK long term: Digestive Health Dysfunction.
The Digestive System
Your digestive system is a crucial system that is responsible for the health of your entire body and mind.
Poor digestive function can be directly thought of as any of the following:
- Loose stools more than 1-2 times per week
- Constipation (not passing 10-12 inches of faecal matter daily)
- Pain in the abdominal area
- Bloating of the abdominal area
- Reflux and heart burn
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Issues with flatulence
- Poor immune health
- Fungal issues
It can also be in-directly linked to:
- Arthritic type conditions
- Lack of energy
- Constant colds
- Reduced recovery time from exercise or work
- Sugar addiction
- Grain addiction
- Increased period pains
- Hay fever and asthma
But, if you’ve seen a health or medical professional in recent years, how many asked you about your digestive health?
It’s not surprising that very few, if any, EVER do!
And yet digestive issues, such as the ones listed above (and that’s a short list), are a major component in the full rehabilitation from ANY chronic back pain.
And here are a few reasons why.
A Naked Spine
If you have any of the above issues then you have an inflammatory state within your digestive system.
Inflammation means that you have a hot and expanded digestive tract, which in turn can cause a stretch effect on the muscles that are meant to be protecting the viscera (your internal organs) that surround the pelvis and entire spinal structure like a natural corset – you may know this as ‘the Core’.
A loosening or expanded core means that the core cannot fully protect your pelvis, spine or lower limbs from movement of any type.
We then have a NAKED SPINE. A spine that is at the mercy of your daily routine, bad posture and over time it will lose its ability to function.
This is one of the first areas we assess, as do all CHEK trained professionals across the globe.
With the majority of back pain and non-back pain patients we find that their core, once accurately tested, is rarely functioning more than 20 percent of its ability.
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Unless your digestive function is working and is without inflammation these activities are pretty much worthless.
A treatment may hold for a few weeks or months, but it will NEVER cure a long-standing condition. If a naked spine is still present then it’s simply impossible.
Some individuals will turn to surgery for the answer and in lots of cases surgery is essential. But, in my clinical experience many surgeries could have been avoided with the correct structure for rehabilitation in place.
Even after surgery many patients still report back pain. If you still have a naked spine because of a weakened digestive system and a core that cannot function optimally, you can be right back to square one.
Poor Digestion and Mental Health
The other HUGE issue with poor digestive health is the link to mental health.
If you’ve been suffering from chronic back pain for longer than a few months, then take a moment to think about your recent mood and behaviour. Back pain is commonly coupled with a deterioration of mental wellbeing, which can include:
- Lack of interest
Mental health is a key component for full recovery of back pain, and it’s one of the reasons why every patient, as part of their holistic rehabilitation process here at The Back Pain Clinic, is also appointed a trusted and experienced mental health professional.
An individual to help with unloading what can be years of negative emotions resulting from back pain and a poor digestive system.
At this point I need to clarify something: back pain rehabilitation must have a Holistic approach, and by ‘Holistic’ I am referring to a whole body and mind approach.
One treatment approach or methodology will rarely yield long-term gains and it is essential that all areas of health are considered.
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