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Low Back Pain & Compensation

Updated: Jan 4, 2019

Our bodies are amazing. They are designed to both move and support at the same time! 🤸‍♀️

BUT when a joint/area isn't able to properly do its job, the body compensates so you can complete the task. When this is done repeatedly it can lead to discomfort, pain and dysfunction.

What is the most common area and symptom of compensation? 🤔 Low back pain! 💥

As shown in the image above the low back (lumbar spine) is meant to be an area that creates stability, however, if the hips or upper back (thoracic spine) are unable to be mobile due to muscle tightness, joint restrictions or bad posture, the lumbar spine tends to compensate and turns into an area of mobility.

This mobility leads to back pain that affects your daily activities and is very prevalent in sports that require a lot of twisting such as golf and hockey 🏌️‍♂️🏒

The good news? Chiropractic can help! Adjustments, stretches, specific exercises and education can all be used to restore proper function and alleviate pain 👍

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