Every ‘body’ is vulnerable.
by Perry Nickelston, DC, NKT, FMS, SFMA
There is no such thing as perfect movement. Yet, there is always better movement.
Your body is really good at compensating. That’s it’s job. Survival at all costs. Worrying about this very moment in time and not concerned about the future. ‘What do I have to do right now in order to live another second? I’ll worry about the consequences of this compensation later.’ (That is your brain talking)
There will always be inhibition in movement patterning, that’s called being alive. Inhibition, doesn’t mean you are going to get hurt or have pain. However, IF you are in pain I am looking for it. Did the pain happen because of the inhibition or did the inhibition happen because of the pain? Yes. Many people don’t get any problems at all and that’s a good thing. But, it does mean you are vulnerable.
When you are vulnerable, bad shit usually happens.
Lower back pain is the #1 musculoskeletal complaint in the US. Hell, probably the world. Lower backs are vulnerable. The world of today is all about movement inhibition. We don’t move much, We sit a lot. Lots of sitting is quicksand to the back.
If your lower back hurts you should check for inhibition (weakness) in certain key areas:
- Rectus abdominis
- Transverse abdominis
- Gluteus Maximus
…and there can be more.
Dr. Norman Marcus, the director of muscle pain research in the Department of Anesthesiology at NYU School of Medicine and author of the book ‘End Back Pain Forever’ says, ‘…the primary source of 75% or more of all back pain is from the muscles, not the spine.’
VERY POWERFUL. Probably a good idea to make sure muscles play nice together. When muscles become inhibited others must do more work and they become overactive (facilitated). That’s imbalance. Imbalance is vulnerability.
PAIN is the alarm signal for too much vulnerability. Reduce inhibition and vulnerability decreases too. Pain only tells you there is a problem, it does not tell you what it is. Treat pain yes. But, don’t get wrapped up in chasing it. The diagnosis is not the cause. Osteoarthritis, disc herniation, etc., are diagnoses, asking ‘why’ they happened is the linchpin. What caused it?
‘Where you think it is, it ain’t.’ -Ida Rolf
The first place I look when someone has back pain is NOT the back.
Treat the back AND everywhere else.
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