Over 80% of the world’s population experiences low back pain during their lifetime. Over $50,000,000,000 per year is spent on the condition. That’s 50 billion by the way. Talk about loss of work productivity and time with your loved ones.
Irritation to the nerves in our lower back occurs when the support structures interfere with the foundation of the body, the brain stem. Remember that the brain stem is the origin for all our trillions and trillions of nerve fibers that control our entire body.
Many treatments and protocols focus on the lower back when the actual cause of the problem could very well be in the Upper Cervical spine. The upper neck can indeed be THE factor in the development of lower back pain for the following reason. The brain stem has thousands of sensors responsible for maintaining both proper posture and alignment of the spine, as well as the balance and stability of the head.
These sensors are constantly monitoring the head position, making the necessary changes throughout the lower spine to insure that the head remains upright and our brains level. If our brain becomes un-level, two things will occur:
- Our eyes would have a hard time accommodating and focusing on different stimuli causing blurry/double vision.
- Our inner ear fluid can get distorted (which is responsible for our equilibrium and balance) and cause us to be dizzy 24/7.
Any folks suffering from vertigo out there know exactly what I’m talking about. If your foundation is off, it only makes sense that your inner ear fluid would get distorted, but vertigo is another discussion for a different week. Our brains don’t enjoy having vision and balance problems. Therefore, the brain will compromise and compensate using ANYTHING in our body to make sure the brain is as stable as possible.
When the spine is aligned, it is extremely strong and stable. However, due to the fact the top two bones are freely moveable, a possible misalignment of these top two bones leaves our brain stem vulnerable to injury. When a misalignment occurs at the top of the neck, the spine compensates or adapts in an attempt to protect the nervous system from any further damage. This starts a domino effect from the top to the bottom of the spine. When the head is thrown off balance, the lower spine is compromised, the pelvis is tilted, and the ramifications go all the way down into the musculature of our legs and feet, resulting in an internal weakness and a spine that is imbalanced.