Back pain is one of the most common ailments that people live with these days. According to ACC, 4 out of 5 New Zealanders will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. So chances are, most of us would have had to deal with it at some point or another.
What causes Back Pain?
There could be a number of causes for pain in these areas – sometimes it can be a symptom of something serious like infection, tumor, gallstones or slipped disks. These causes can usually be identified by your GP after a few tests. However, the majority of people suffering from back pain are diagnosed as having no serious underlying issues causing the pain.
So where is pain coming from? The most common cause is from our active (or sometimes inactive) lifestyles. The spine is a complex structure that has to a walk a fine line between flexibility and support. It has many joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves intertwined throughout its length.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that by simply sitting at a desk all day, having a poor posture, exercising incorrectly, not having adequate bed support or lifting weights incorrectly can all shift the alignment of the structure – resulting in back pain.
How can Craniosacral Therapy (CST) help with Back Pain?
CST is very good at treating back pain, especially when it’s caused by misalignment as it helps realign the back at a very deep level. Not only does it work with the spine, but the muscles and ligaments too. It treats the entire structure in a holistic sense, as opposed to how a physio or a chiropractor might approach it.
When the muscles and ligaments are realigned together, the resolution is more complete and there is less chance of the spine going out of alignment again. Read testimonials of people who have benefited from Craniosacral.
Trauma is often overlooked
One commonly overlooked cause of back pain is from past trauma. When we suffer a fall, have accidents, or even experience a highly emotional traumatic event, our body naturally reacts to protect us by contracting muscles.
Often the body holds on to this tension and doesn’t get a chance to completely let go of it and return back to normal. This is because the muscles around it compensate and the body begins to function around this tension. Over time this can lead to imbalance in the muscles, ligaments and spine of your back, and ultimately chronic pain.
Our body is also made up of connective tissue – which connects & separates practically everything in the body, including muscles, organs, nerves & blood vessels. When the body experiences trauma, the connective tissue reacts the same as our muscles do – by contracting. This reaction is often overlooked, but is very important because it can affect just about anything, such as digestion, elimination, breathing & posture.
Craniosacral Therapy is a complete solution for Back Pain
Craniosacral therapy is great at releasing tension & trauma at the source as it works on every layer that holds tension, including muscles and fascia (connective tissue). Resolving trauma at this level leads to longer lasting relief than simply manipulating part of the back or the spine into place.