Mechanical Low Back Pain?
90% of clients who provide with low back pain feel that their neck and back pain is muscular in nature. They are right, however, they are only partially best. Here is what I find when I analyze a client, I find that the muscle connects to the bone in the area of pain is being extended too far or is too weak. In effect, it is a muscle problem since there is far more nerve innervation to the muscles making the muscle more pain-sensitive. The underlying cause of muscle pain is because of stretching or a weak joint. In this case the client is both best and incorrect.
Now if the common method is Advil or Aleve then there will be an improvement in low pain in the back due to the muscular part. If there is a structural misalignment the discomfort will return as quickly as the results of the NSAIDs wear off. This produces a cycle of pain where the neck and back pain sufferer has bad days and good days. When there are good days it is natural to assume that the problem is resolved. Only the other day I experienced a patient who invested over a month in bed from the intense back pain she was having a few months back. Ultimately, she was able to return to work however still has back soreness on a regular basis. I attempted to tell her that the issue still exists or she would not still have discomfort. The pain improved but the underlying mechanical deficit still exists. She chose to wait till the discomfort came back hoping it would not. Experience informs me that the pain in the back will return and most likely injured as much as the month-long episode.
Back pain is rarely a one-time occasion. A bad lower back is much easier and less expensive to repair when pain is not as bad.
When the bone loses mechanical effectiveness the muscle has to work more difficult. When that takes place the muscle will ultimately tighten up and spasm up to satisfy the increased mechanical loading. Adhesions in the muscle assists support the wayward bone causing the pain however tend to shorten the muscle.
This might come as a surprise however arthritis is discomfort, wearing away of the bone, and lack of movement. So it needs to be obvious that a misaligned bone causes the muscle to overwork causing adhesions to buttress the area and restrict motion due to the reducing of the muscle fibers.
Why would you come to see a chiropractic practitioner for low back discomfort? If your issue is structural you remain in the ideal place. When the structure has the ability to support the body you have a solid structure to begin dealing with soft tissue comorbidities that would have you thinking that there is a muscle problem.