Upper Cervical Care for Low back pain
About the condition
Low back pain (a.k.a. Lumbalgia or Lumbago) is a condition that will affect nearly everyone at some point in their lives. While some of these cases will be self-limiting and not require intervention to resolve, many develop into chronic conditions that drastically affect that person’s quality of life. Low back pain is most often attributable to sprain or strain of the muscles and ligaments of the low back but can also be due to injury of the disc in which case it can also often lead to sciatica.
Many conventionally available treatments for low back pain (according to studies) have only limited success and are often an ongoing regimen of treatment, keeping the patient functioning but not ever correcting the condition in the long term.
Theory of how upper cervical treatment helps
Posture, posture, posture! What your mom told you was absolutely right. However, the thing your mom didn’t tell you was that the alignment of your upper cervical spine controls your resting or default posture. So, yes, you can “sit up straight” and use correct posture while you are thinking about it, but the moment your focus wavers, your body will fall back into the compensated state that it knows is the next best place for it to be.
Proper upper cervical care will correct the misalignment between your skull and neck, allowing the body to fall back into a default of a balanced and “correct” posture. That means that you can have the good posture your mother always talked about when you aren’t thinking about it!
A balanced posture allows the muscles of the low back to relax and function in a more balanced manner. Relaxing these muscles also gives the bones and discs of the low back a break. Muscle tension in the back can increase the compressive force on the discs up to 7 times the normal force of gravity!