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Does Muscle Balancing Help In Back Pain Relief

Posted Nov 08 2009 1:19pm

Does muscle balancing really work for back pain relief? Is it really the great break through in helping those with back pain or is it yet another technique that fails to deliver?

To answer these you first need to understand what the difference is between what “causes” back pain and what “creates” back pain…

Back pain is CREATED by:

  • tight muscles
  • weakened muscles
  • joint tightness causing compression stress on the spine
  • tissue inflammation
  • sometimes local infection (more when trauma has occurred)

Now although these “create” your back pain, the ‘true’ cause is the habitual nature of these mechanisms. If you have recurring or chronic back pain then the actual cause of your pain is the habits that allow these mechanisms above to remain.

To remove back pain you MUST change the poor habits. You need to train your body to become pain free and stay that way. How?

The only way to do this is to learn to treat yourself at home, which is where the many self help programs enter.

If you rely on treatment you will not break the habits. It takes 31 days to form a habit and 31 days to break it.

Practitioners do not work 31 days in arrow and you would need a second mortgage to pay for the privilege even if they did.

So you need to learn to help your self or pain will only ease temporarily.

But back to the question…

Will muscle balancing help with back pain relief?

In a word yes - it will help. However…

It is not the magic bullet that people believe it is. Sure muscles pull joints out of alignment. Muscle balances will twist and distort your spine …

Muscles are still only part of the problems that create back pain.

Muscle balancing usually targets specific muscles - still the major muscles groups - but targeting the ones that are out of ‘balance’.

The problem lies with the small intrinsic muscles around the spinal joints. These are hard to target with both stretches and exercises. Even if you could you are still missing the joint irritations which also a factor.

Once joints are tight, whether from muscle problems or inflammation, the joint becomes sticky in its’ motion.

Using muscle balancing will not address this. You still need to target the joints as part of an overall approach to back pain relief.

Muscle balancing is great and will help with back pain relief. It is based on stretching those muscles that are tight and exercising those that are weak. It falls short in the muscle areas slightly as you will also need to stimulate the nerve and blood supply to weak muscles.

If not the exercises will not be effective enough to build good supportive strength.

Back pain relief MUST follow a simple 5 step approach:

  1. Find the distortion patterns creating the imbalances
  2. Symptom relief to get you pain free as fast as possible
  3. Muscle balancing including improving the nerve and blood supply
  4. Joint Balancing - especially the pelvis which is the foundation to the spine
  5. Breaking the HABITUAL Pain Cycle - if you don’t retrain your body to become pain free … it won’t.

Back pain relief is a complex issue, it is also something that is both easy and quick if you use effective techniques. Muscle balancing is a great technique but it does fall short in removing all the factors causing your pain.

Back pain relief must always remove the habits that are the ‘true cause’ of your back pain - you must use all 5 steps or pain will return again soon.

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