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Trigger Points and Lower Back Pain:

The spine, our structural support system, gracefully arches in a specific alignment that allows us to walk, bend, and twist.

 

This alignment includes the inward curve of the lower back, known as lumbar lordosis, which acts as a natural shock absorber.

 

However, when muscle knots, known as trigger points, for particularly in the lower back—they can disrupt this delicate balance, leading to discomfort and restricted movement.

 

Symptoms:

·       Persistent backache, concentrated in the lower region.

·       Reduced mobility, making daily movements like bending or reaching difficult.

·       Tender spots that flare up when pressed.

·       Pain that may shoot down towards the lower extremities.

·       Persistent muscle stiffness in the lumbar region.

 

Causes:

·       Gravity's constant pressure on our vertical structure.

·       Repeated motions or strains, leading to muscle fatigue.

·       Protective posture changes that result in imbalance.

·       Spinal issues like herniated discs that burden the muscles.

·       Stress manifesting as physical muscle tension.

 

Treatment and Rehabilitation Strategies:

·       Trigger point therapy to break down muscle knots and alleviate pain.

·       Stretching routines focused on restoring muscle elasticity and range of motion.

·       Postural re-education to distribute spinal stress evenly.

·       A holistic physical therapy regimen aimed at reinforcing the muscular support system.

·       Management of underlying anatomical contributors to maintain a pain-free back.

 

 

If you need assistance in the aforementioned then please feel free to schedule a consultation session with Chris Heunis.


Chris Heunis

Clinical Therapist

Healing Hands Jeffreys Bay & Eastern Cape

Member of CAMS (Complimentary & Alternative Medical Science) Institute 

Tel No: 084 767 2913

 



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