Conditions: Upper back pain. Lower Back pain. Sciatica.
If you are enduring back pain or sciatic pains, the best course is to stop exercising for the time being. Exercising is beneficial only when you do the appropriate exercise in the right physical condition.
But, if you had twisted your ankle, and can’t walk properly, then you should stop walking around and running—otherwise, that condition will worsen.
The same principles apply to your back/sciatic pain. Observe carefully what you have been doing, and how, to help you better understand your health condition.
Most people believe that “back pain comes from the weak spinal muscle, so all you need is to strengthen the core muscle to support the spine, which hopefully, will reduce pain and fix the issue.”
They continue exercising, but the problem won’t go. Take s look at little kids, who don’t even have big muscles, but they run around, for hours and hours, tirelessly, never complaining about back pain.
Whereas the adults, with big muscles and more stamina, feel pain and weakness in the back, can’t even bend properly; is this because adults have weak muscles? The secret is that kids have greater flexibility, but adults suffer from stiffness/tension, caused by everyday overuse of the muscle.
You may be tempted to say, “But I don’t use back muscle much”! However, even when sitting, or standing, you are constantly contracting this muscle.
Imagine you placed a baseball bat on the floor vertically and put an orange on its top. Lean the orange and bat slightly forward, and both will fall forward; in order to keep them in the position without falling, you must use a string to attach the orange to the bat, and bat to the ground.
The bat represents your spine. The string that connects orange to the bat is your neck and shoulder muscle around it. The string that connects the bat to the ground is the upper, lower back muscle and leg muscles.
Say you are standing, then bending forward to reach something: the back part of your legs and pelvic muscle must pull your upper body to maintain this position. The more you bend forward, or the more you lift weights, your back, hip and leg muscles will strain more. The key to reducing your back pain is not increasing the core strength, but to increase flexibility. Your muscle is already tight enough.
As an example of human over-exercising, observe the cows in the regional farming area; if you see a cow that is running up and down the hill, then jumping up and down, and turning over, for hours, you might say, “What on earth is wrong with that cow?” You won’t say that cow looks “so healthy” by doing all those exercises.
Similarly, when people over-exercise, if God is looking at them from heaven, He may say the same thing. People are often overusing their muscles, which impacts the body and accelerates wear and tear.
Most doctors and practitioners tend to overlook this muscle-related problem because it is never picked up by MRI, CT scan, X-ray and Ultrasound. Even though you suffer from back pain, they cannot make it better. You end up taking medications.
Chiropractic spinal manipulation, on a relevant spinal level, might improve nerve supply to the affected muscle area. In addition, DTMT might be a very effective muscle treatment.