Don’t understand what’s causing your back pain?
Sometimes it’s hard to identify on your own what’s causing it and more interestingly, what you can do to get rid of it.
Often, it may come and go and the cause isn’t obvious. You may have tried diaries, taking time off work, hitting the gym or swimming, but you’ve found no clear cause.
A little step deeper into the body than the muscles and bones is the viscera – or as we know it, the “organs”.
Our organs – the stomach, heart, liver and pancreas – are working around the clock.
They’re constantly maintaining a rhythm around the body, meeting the demands for blood circulation, for digesting food and constantly detoxing the body.
Pain and it’s link to your organs
When one of these organs becomes tired, overworked or impaired, you can be open to some awkward or nasty side effects.
Or, sometimes, you may experience pain: in your hips, in your back, in your ribs or in your side.
Most people don’t know that when these organs aren’t situated correctly, or operating at their full capacity, it can cause referred pain.
Organs are suspended in strong elastic slings that are suspended by attachment into the spine.
A simple organ dysfunction or direct injury can affect the mobility and function of these attachments – sometimes creating problems and pain around the spine.
Here’s an example
Let’s take someone who has experienced an RTC in the past. Their whiplash may have improved with physiotherapy, and their confidence is re-built by gradually getting back in the driving seat.
But the organs that have experienced a 40mph blow and strangulation from the seat belt, without any room to escape, can be left bruised, swollen and ruptured in severe cases, but mostly they’ll have moved to some degree.
This will affect all of the other slings around it, and without treatment this can rarely be expected to improve on its own.
This is a severe but common scenario.
More commonly, a sudden fall, over exercising, or even a chest infection altering your breathing pattern and movement ability, can alter the situation of each organ and therefore the function – due to its longing connection to the back.
What about IBS?
IBS is a vague term, but for most it ties in with bloating around the middle.
Even without a trained eye, we can see how the organs stretch and move and can create pain.
For some people, IBS symptoms tie in entirely with their back pain, and for some an uncomfortable hip or rib symptom lingers before or after an episode.
It can be treated
The great news is that movement restrictions of the viscera CAN be treated, with unique combinations of spinal movements, and treating the viscera with careful lifestyle advice and gentle hands on treatment.
Gradually assessing the function and connection of the viscera to the full skeletal system is vital with most pain syndromes, and something that cannot be avoided if you want to find the real cause of your pain.
Your pain may be deeper than you think, so get it assessed by a health professional. Click here to arrange a consultation with me at The Centre in Eccleston.