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Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

Most people get low back pain.

If you take a minute to think about it, I am sure you can think of two or three people immediately who have or are currently suffering from back pain. The funny thing is, that all back pain is not the same. I get a lot of patients who say, “My friend had the same thing, so it must be that!”  Yet in reality, no two back problems are exactly the same. They may have similar symptoms but are most likely occurring for completely different reasons.  We are all unique.

For example, back pain may originate in the discs between the vertebrae or from the nerves they press up against.  And…

Did you know that back pain can come from an old abdominal scar?

Abdominal scars don’t just scar on the surface, the scaring goes deep. Take the appendix for example, it can scar down the back of the abdomen and on the right side. This creates tension in the connective tissue of the abdomen.  Think of that tissue like the shirt you are wearing and if you tie a knot in your shirt on the lower right side, look how the material has lines that pull towards it. This is what a scar does. Now, imagine your abdominal organs in that shirt are being pulled in that direction.  Now if your small intestine is being pulled on, it attaches to the left side of the middle of your lower back.  As it is pulled to the right, it turns your spine to the right. So, if you have a chronic lower back pain, with a long standing rotation of your spine, it could be coming from that old scar your forgot about.

As an Manual Osteopath, what we know is that your body never forgets.  And the good thing is, neither does your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner!  Using our hands, we check biomechanics of the spine and pelvis, as well as everything that attaches to it, and influences it, including organs, and scars.

In my experience, that little appendix scar can and has been responsible for a lot of pelvic restrictions, as well as low back pain that presents like a disc herniation.  Like the founder of Osteopathy, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still said ” The body is a functional unit”, meaning nothing happens in isolation.  in summary, we will rarely just look at your back when you come to us regarding your lower back pain.  We may treat your knee, your organs or whatever we may feel is causing the restriction.  So patient when we work on your knee for your back problem…you’ll see. 😉

If you have a nagging issue that you were told you had to live with…come to our Oakville office and we’ll work with you to figure it out!

Dave Ellis, Manual Osteopathic Practitioner in Oakville

1 Comment
  • Lori Frederick

    March 4, 2017at9:59 pm

    It makes total sense! I have a disease called Adhesive Arachnoiditis which is in the severe status. Although I never had lumbar surgery, I did have 5 Epidural Steroid injections for a slipped disk. I have had 2 cervical surgeries. They slipped in the second surgery and caused a dural bleed. The blood entered the spinal fluid causing the AA. The result was a general progression of adhesions around the lumbar nerves, completely encapsulating them and adhering to the dura. I also have an empty thecal sac. The pain from the adhesions can be unbearable, like tonight. It was noted that I also have lordosis from the adhesions. I have occasional head and leg spasms but the worst are the entire body spasms which have lasted up to one hour even after taking valium! Last time I had my husband (all 140 pounds of him) lie down on my back. The pressure seemed to help so am looking into a weighted blanket. Thank you for your informative article. Like I said, makes sense to me!