Why your Low Back Pain is not a Low Back Problem

The reason why your low back pain is not a low back problem is actually a pretty simple reason.

Not What You Think It Is

You might be experiencing pain in a specific part of your body. However, that doesn’t really mean the problem is coming from there. Contrary to what common sense might tell you most root causes of pain are not where the symptoms are at.

For instance, common sense would have us think that our low back pain is a low back problem. But this could not be further from the truth. Pain is not a good indicator of what is causing the pain. Instead, it is an indicator of how your body is compensating for dysfunction. Pain shows us how your body is dealing with another part that is not working so well.

A low back pain is most often times a hip problem with no obvious signs of dysfunction. Or perhaps a mid-back issue with also no signs of specific pain, except for the seemingly uncorrelated low back pain.

Which might leave wondering how, or why is this case?

Every part of the spine and the rest of the body has one primary function: that is either for STABILITY or for MOBILITY.

Your neck, low back, and knee should be stable first and foremost. You might feel tight or present with pain, but the reality is these symptoms are present because these areas have to compensate for the lack of movement in another area of your body.

Most of the pain that people present with it’s at these parts of the body, and it will be  natural to assume that their pain is the problem area, however, let me show you why this is not the case:





How Poor Hip Movement leads to Low Back Pain or Tightness

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low back pain is most common a hip problem not a low back problem

When you lose your ability to move your hip through a full range of motion, you will start using your back instead. This leads you to experience low back pain or a constant sensation of tightness from overuse.

Find out how your hip hinge is related to your back tightness

How Poor Mid-back Posture leads to Neck and Shoulder Pain

a similar case is observed with a lack of mid-back mobility, leading to constant neck tightness and pain. Poor thoracic extension leads to terrible shoulder issues

As you can see, the root cause of the issue is often times missed by focusing on where the pain is at. Do not get me wrong, pain does need to be addressed but unless postural issues are addressed the root of the problem will persist and keep causing the same issues or compensating for a lack of function somewhere else.