Chronic Back pain and the Psoas muscle
How does chronic low back pain become chronic?
This is a bit like asking why do we just keep changing the tyre on our car that continues to wear out instead of looking at the Alignment in the car in the very beginning.
The prestigious medical journal The Lancet did a 3 year investigation into low back pain
and they published in 2018 their findings on their recommended suggestions from that investigation. Their main recommendation was that what we are doing to treat back pain across the board is not working and a call to action for Change.
I have been treating back pain in a different way for many years because I was not happy with the results I was seeing when I first graduated. The men I was treating from the Holden Car manufacturing plant at Elizabeth in Adelaide suffered with chronic low back pain. As therapists we would treat them but they would return within 3-6 weeks with the same back pain.
It was at that time I started to do other courses and see what research was out there so I could get these men a better result. Over the last 15 years I have evolved this method The Soaz method that gets my clients ongoing relief from low back pain.
Why are we treating low back pain where the pain is felt? Because musculoskeletal therapists are trained to do that. We have been educated in treating pain where the pain is felt. But this is not working.
The evidence that the way we continue to treat back pain is not working, is the increasing number of people worldwide suffering from ongoing low back pain and the increase in the cost of WorkCover payouts for people that never get rid of back pain regardless of all of the conventional and recommended treatment regimes, they are exposed to. These protocols are based solely on focusing on where the back pain is felt without asking the question of why do we have back pain.
The bio-mechanics of the Psoas muscles (some call this muscle the ‘Soul muscle’) strategic placement along the lumbar spine makes it the prime contender to be the structure creating the compression forces over the lumbar spine resulting in damage to the discs, ligaments and nerves in that area.
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This is why the Soaz Method does not treat back pain where it is felt, but rather the structures that create the damage in the low spine: the Psoas muscles.