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Fixing your lower back pain: Module 1

Lower back pain is one of life’s most difficult problems to overcome! Knowledge is power, so with this series of five modules I’m going to guide you through all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about how you can overcome your low back pain.

Lower Back Pain

Pain in the lower back doesn’t have to condemn you to a lifelong sentence of pain, disability and energy draining discomfort. The first step to overcoming back pain is to understand what the problem is.

My intention with this series is to help you get back to your happy, healthy, productive and lively self. I’ve seen what happens to patients who make the wrong decisions and I want you to know the truth behind what causes ongoing or chronic low back pain, what treatments aren’t doing you any long term favours and what the best current treatments are for lower back pain.

So let’s dive right in with Module one: What are the 3 biggest causes of ongoing lower back pain?



  1. Restricted mobility

It is well known that as your mobility decreases, the chances of developing chronic pain increases. The fact is that when you have limited range of motion in the muscle, nerve and joint system, this drastically ramps up the pressure inside the joints and on the muscles. This wrecks havoc on the cartilage joint surfaces and degrades the tissues. Restricted mobility usually develops slowly over time and becomes worse and worse as the tissues degrade.

 2. Muscle weakness

arm-wrestle-weak-strongAs your mobility decreases and pain increases, the nervous system goes into protection mode. It prevents excessive short term damage to the tissues by reducing muscle activation around the painful area. This is to limit the amount of pressure on the damaged tissues with the hopes that it will heal and get back to normal. The problem is that when the stimulus is coming from reduced mobility and/or poor posturing these conditions continue over weeks, months and years. The muscle strength and performance never comes back because the reason for it being reduced in the first place is still there! This is a perfect recipe for spinal degeneration.


  1. Spinal degeneration

When your low back experiences too much pressure from poor mobility and muscle weakness the response is to attempt to stabilise the spine in any way it can. The bones develop spurs, the cartilage degrades and the discs flatten out. In the low back, degeneration usually starts with the intervertebral discs during the younger years and progresses to involve the joint cartilage and bones later on. Clearly, if the hardware of your spine can no longer do the job it was designed for the mechanics are flawed and pain can result.


So there you have it. These are the 3 most common causes of lower back pain.

Make sure you stay tuned for Module 2 where I will jump into what causes reduced mobility, muscle weakness and degeneration.

Dr Michael Vibert

Integrative Diagnosis Clinician


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