The Weight Loss Show understands that everyone has their struggles when it comes to keeping fit and staying healthy. One challenge which can get in the way of regular exercise is your current state of health. We recently caught up with Dr Tod Cahill who discussed with us the common problem of chronic back pain. He explained the reasons to how it is caused, and also how it can be treated.
Dr Tod Cahill: Right after the common cold, low back pain is the second cause of lost days at work. It is also one of the most common reasons to visit a doctor’s office or a hospital’s emergency department.
Low back pain (pain starting below the rib cage) is a common concern, affecting up to 90% of the population at some point in their lifetime. Up to 50% will have more than one episode. Low back pain is not a specific disease; rather it is a symptom that may occur from a variety of different processes. Although statistical evidence shows that up to 85% of people with low back pain, despite a thorough medical examination, find that their pain origins are unknown. This is usually a pathological evaluation not an evaluation of structural alignment of the spine.
Low back pain often has a structure misalignment of the vertebrae and subsequent muscle spasm as it original cause. Chronic low back pain (more than three months) can also develop into ligament pain. The atlas bone, the first cervical vertebrae, is often part of this chain culminating in symptoms of low back pain. When this bone is misaligned the whole spine and skeletal system shifts, often causing hip imbalance through muscle contracture (spasm) one leg will be functional shorter than the other. The muscle system is responsible for the unlevel pelvis creating the symptoms of low back pain.
If you experience low back pain that comes and goes it is prudent to see an Atlas Orthogonal doctor for a check up and have this imbalance corrected. So many patients come in after a twenty or thirty year bout with occasional back pain which continues to come more often and with more intensity. After a proper exam and any needed X-rays are taken it is often found that chronic processes have developed in the form of osteoarthritis and disc degenerative disease (DDD). These processes usually start well in advance to the chronic low back pain that the patient suffers from.
How do we get these structural imbalances is always the next question. It is the everyday activities that are the root of pandemic symptom of low back pain. Poor posture stresses your spine. Ligaments are irritated, muscles go into spasm and eventually tire, joints and nerves are under pressure. Think of the hours you spend sitting in a day and then wonder how well you sit? Over time this contracture can cause misalignment of the atlas. When this vertebra is misaligned it can cause the whole skeletal system to deviate including the pelvis. This misalignment can corrected by the atlas orthogonal doctor through the Atlas Orthogonal Adjustment Techniques. AO treatment adjusts the atlas bone with a percussive wave instrument (FDA approved). It’s safe, painless and non-invasive.
The Atlas Orthogonist specialist will also give you a series of stretches and muscles strengthening exercises to address the whole muscular skeletal system. The doctor will discuss proper ergonomic positions so that you can correct the causes of the spinal misalignment.
With the Atlas bone aligned, a good posture routine and healthy lifestyle you can enjoy your life free of pain.