If you clicked on this link, chances are you’re experiencing back pain.
Let’s begin with some crazy statistics about back pain:
- Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
- Worldwide, years lived with disability caused by low back pain have increased by 54% between 1990 and 2015.
- Low-back pain costs Americans at least $50 billion in health care costs each year —add in lost wages and decreased productivity and that figure easily rises to more than $100 billion.
It’s mind blowing that there’s been a 54% increase in back pain over the last 25 years! Why?
Look how much society has changed within the digital age. Computers, smartphones, tablets, and those binge watching streaming services.
How much sitting have you done today?
I am going to talk about the physical structure of your body. Yes, there is also an emotional component to pain, but today we are just going to look at the physical reasons of back pain.
Here we go!
- You are how you move.
Sit too much?
Did you know that those simple movements you do throughout the day can impact your muscles (and fascia)? Your muscles and bones take the shape of how you’re using them (or not using them).
And I’m talking about how you are sitting, standing, driving and even sleeping!
Change up how you sit, walk, stand and you will start noticing more freedom in your body! If you aren’t moving enough, your body can feel tight and stuck… just like an old rusty gate!
- Tight stomach muscles, alignment and posture
Muscles begin to take the shape of how you are positioned.
Think about how you are sitting right now. Are you slumped over? Elbow on the table jamming your shoulder into your neck? Are your legs crossed? Is the same leg always the one on top crossing over the other?
These postures start to create the shape of your body. I always ask my clients “How have you been using your body?” We can release all their muscles, but if they keep going back to the same old, same old postures, their alignment gets out of whack!
And I’m talking bones, muscles, organs, arteries, veins and NERVES! Ouch! No wonder you get pain. Your body is being squished by leaning into the chair, by crossing your legs the same way, every day for years!
Yup! If you have had surgery, you have a scar! Gallbladder, appendectomy, hysterectomy, prostate surgery, breast implants, vasectomies or having tubes tied, and especially tummy tucks (please don’t ever have a tummy tuck)!
And even the simplest of scars can be nasty. Scars dig in and root down into the body like tree roots. They create pulls and strains and cause pain. They can even wrap around your organs over time.
Scar release is more than important! It’s an absolute necessity after surgery once the incision is healed. It takes special training to release scars. You can reach out to me and I’d be happy to guide you in the right direction. Quick massage strokes aren’t enough!
- Vaginal tears, C-sections and episiotomies from childbirth!
This might surprise you but it’s true. Hundreds of women that I have worked with have reported complications during childbirth.
Painful tearing, the need for stitches and sutures, and even a sudden rush into surgery for a c-section. Hello Trauma! These scars end up wreaking havoc on the body, even years after they occured.
Painful intercourse, digestive problems, bowel and bladder issues, and yes, back pain can be related to these scars. When doing trauma work with clients, I have literally felt the scars and muscles release under my hands as we renegotiated the trauma.
- Falls on your tailbone. Ouch!
Have you have ever fallen on your tailbone?
So many of my clients have slipped on ice, fallen out of a tree, fallen down stairs. I can’t even tell you how many of my clients have fallen off of a horse!!!
If you have ever fallen so hard on your tailbone (coccyx), there’s a strong chance it contributes to your back pain. I’m talking about the fall that took your breath away and kept you from sitting for a few days!
Well you have muscles down there and chances are your tailbone was shifted causing a lot of pulling and pain.
These muscles get tight (and most often are NOT considered when you talk to your doctor or therapist about your back pain). Have you heard of muscles with the names levator ani muscle, coccygeus, iliococcygeus , and pubococcygeus, anococcygeal raphe. They need to get released!
I hope I was able to shine the light on some of the things your doctor may not be telling you could be the cause of your back pain. And it’s not your doctor’s fault.
You see, I learned the hard way. I have broken so many bones in my body over my lifetime. Just in my car accident alone, my seatbelt lacerated my abdomen so deep (thank goodness my organs were safe) and even today, it pulls on my lower back. I broke my leg so bad (an open compound fracture) that the injury pulls all the way up my spine. The rod in my leg gets cold and I can feel it when it’s cold outside.
Yes, I have an insider’s view of pain. I feel all the connections of the scar tissue in my body. And I have used my experience to teach you and to be an example that you can be pain free too! And no matter what the MRI shows.
I hope you found my writing here helpful. I was given a gift with my accident and it has changed the course of my life. I am grateful for my scars for it has led you and I to connect here today!
I’m happy to help!
If you’d like to learn more from Phaedra Antioco:
- You can watch Phaedra’s LIVE TRAINING on “5 Hidden Causes of Back Pain” here.
- If you’re interested in working with Phaedra Antioco (either virtually or through a treatment intensive), reach out via email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
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