Muscle Pain can be anywhere in the body...and the feeling of a 'pinched nerve', is often associated with a muscle pinching it! Let's start with low back pain, or a pain in the butt...since these are some of the most common issues we see in our Fort Collins Massage Clinic, where we specialize in working with chronic pain and athletes.
pain somewhere around the low back or rear, is a great way to start
this conversation, because the cause of that pain is a great
demonstration of why so many of us have muscle pain in other parts of
A couple of the highest viewed pages on this website are about some
form of pain in the butt. Why? the muscle patterns related to low back
pain and pains in the rump are really closely related to a posture MANY
of us do TOO much. Sitting. What's so wrong with sitting you ask?
Nothing, if you don't do it for a long time.Let me explain. Our
muscles were made to move. The fibers are *supposed* to contract...then
relax....and there's no in-between, a fiber is EITHER contracted OR
relaxed. It's an all or nothing function. When they have to hold a
position for a long time, they have trouble with releasing the fully
contracted state...and if there is a CHRONIC posture we put our bodies
in, the fibers and surrounding tissue start to stick together, or adhere
to the tissue around it. It's efficient really. If you are holding your
arm way out to the side, or in front of you to reach your mouse, it's
hard for the muscle fibers to hold that position...so your body makes it
'easier' to hold that position for longer, by creating a lot of sticky
tissue, scarring the area, so it holds part of the weight of your arm
up. Efficiency, unfortunately, does not foster healthy circulation or
relieve pressure on nerves...in fact, in INCREASES the internal pressure
on the surrounding structures. What this means in the long run: we get
'knots' of tissue that stick together, the joints around the restricted
tissue starts to be compressed, and won't move through a full and normal
range of motion.
That's the reason why shoulder problems, VERY often are closely linked to tightness in the chest muscles, which pull the arm forward and take the joint out of a normal range, and keep the shoulder from moving normally...OR pressure, tension and pain in the low back is often linked to the muscles in the upper legs.The key to remember: keep your muscle tissue moving, so that you don't end up with restricted patterns that cause excess pressure in areas of your body. If you HAVE to stay in positions for a long time, then maybe some stretching is in order, to regain the mobility your body enjoys.
If you register for our newsletter, in the little box to the left, you will gain access to a few of the specific stretches that we suggest to our clients. They are focused on unraveling long standing restricted patterns in muscles and connective tissue from chronic posture or repetitive use of different muscle groups.
OR if you have chronic low back pain, we have an ebook and video combination to teach you about the specifics of positions to avoid, the body-mechanics that contribute to chronic low back pain and the stretches that can help it.
-Identify What Factors are Making Your Pain WORSE.
-Learn Precise Stretches that Get to the Source of Your Pain.
-Create Solid Support for Your Back Using Our Simple Methods.
Testimonials from those who have used this natural solution for chronic lower back pain:
"I can't believe I've been making my back pain worse for years, without knowing it! Thank you for sharing the information in the BodyPain Matrix(TM) Program! I now can completely manage my back pain with my stretches and I've stopped sitting in 'bad' ways.I am so glad I finally have an answer after suffering with my low back pain for over 5 years." -Sheryl B.
"I've been dependent on my chiropractor and massage therapist for years. It all helped, but I feel like someone finally showed me what to do, so that I now know how to help myself. I also found out what I was doing every day to make my lower back pain worse! Thank you for sharing these tools with me." Beth F.