Low Back Pain
Low back pain is something that over 80% of the world's population experiences
during their lifetime. Second only to headaches as the most common neurologic
ailment, low back pain is the number one reason for job-related disability in
the United States. Over $50 billion per year is spent on the condition.
It is also one of the most misunderstood conditions that you'll find. Much like
the number one neurologic ailment, headaches, low back pain has been attributed
to many things. Common to each of those "things" is a nerve irritation.
Irritation to a nerve is comparable to sitting at your desk and being repeatedly
tapped on the shoulder by one of your co-workers. With nerve irritation,
though, it is as if the co-worker follows you home, tapping you on the shoulder
during all of your meals, during your showers, and during your sleep. In a
word, that's pretty "irritating" is it not?
When building a house, the most important thing is laying down a good foundation
with its surrounding support structures. It has been said that one can build a
crooked house on a solid foundation and the house will stand. However, if one
builds a well-crafted house on a substandard foundation, the house is destined
to collapse. Problems with the house's foundation lead to problems elsewhere
that get patched up, but often come back. Perhaps other problems arise.
Ultimately, if the foundation is not addressed, then the house is going to
slowly but surely break down and crumble.
When the body is building itself, the most important thing is laying down a good
foundation with its surrounding support structures. The brainstem is that
foundation, and its support structures are the skull and the top bones in the
spine. If the sustaining structures don't support the foundation, but instead
interfere with it, then we've got a problem. Problems at the foundation lead to
problems elsewhere that get patched up, but often come back. Perhaps other
problems arise. Ultimately, if the foundation is not addressed, then the house
is going to slowly but surely break down and crumble.
Irritation to the nerves occurs when the support structures interfere with the
foundation of the body, which is the brainstem. Recall that the brainstem is
the origin for every nerve in the body. There are over 1 trillion nerve fibers
in the brainstem. If you recreated it using 1-inch thick copper wires, the
brainstem would be over 27 FEET wide. Your body's foundation sits in a couple
of two inch-wide openings. I'll say it for you: "Wow"
Low back pain is simply one of the many "other problems" that may arise when the
foundation/brainstem of the body is compromised. There are people out that
there are great at patching that up, but it always seems to come back. Take it
from someone who started having low back pain when he was 13 years old. 13
years old! I got it patched up for a long time, but several more of those
"other problems" arose and I was lucky enough to find someone who could help
with my foundation. Since having the support structures of my foundation
restored to their normal position, I haven't had even the slightest hint of low
To really drive home the point, I want to offer you another example…
Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes. People don't like low back pain any more
than they like snakes. But did you know that snakes are actually vertebrates
just like us? People often think that they are not and assume that snakes don't
have spines. However, they most definitely do.
The point of bringing up snakes is this: have you ever seen someone grab a snake
by its head? The snake's entire body twists and turns and torques to try and
relieve the pressure on its head/neck region.
Every other vertebrate, including us, does the same thing. When the head is not
level, the rest of the body will turn, torque, and twist to relieve the pressure
on the brainstem and get the head level again. Human-beings don't have the
flexibility in their spines that many other vertebrates do, so when our heads
pull out of position, our spines are more susceptible to compensations that
cause us a lot of discomfort. Low back pain is one of those many compensations…
The lesson to be learned is that low back pain is not caused by something in the
lower back. Low back pain is an "other problem" resulting from a more serious
issue. Cleaning up a puddle of water does not address the leaky faucet that
caused it. Patching up a pain the low back does not address the subluxation
(misalignment of one of the top two vertebrae) to the foundation that caused
it. When we lose that delicate balance between the top bones in the spine and
the skull, the rest of the body compensates. Address the compensation and the
problem returns along with several more of those "other problems." Address the
cause and the problem goes away along with several more of those "other