Introduction to lower back pain series - How lower back pain is like getting a cold

Updated: Jul 1

Getting a cold stinks.


Like most people, every few years I find myself with that all too familiar slight tickle in the nose and throat that, after a few days, blossoms into a head that feels like it's stuffed with cotton, a nonstop cough, and fluids pouring everywhere out of my face.


Fun stuff.


It's a tough, albeit small, period of time in our lives where we can't do everything we want or need to do. It's mentally distracting, and thoughts run through our head as to how long we have to deal with this (or is it ever going to go away), as there is no definitive answer. Amazingly enough, we start to get better. We overcome those worrying thoughts, then eventually our fatigue starts to fizzle, our head feels less cloudy, and taking those first few raw inhales out of those cleared nostrils feels like a momentous triumph.


The common cold exemplifies the condition of human performance:

- We adapt

- We are resilient

- We are capable of incredible, fast, positive change


In the following weeks we are going to take you through a number of common problems we often see in our office that are generated from the lower back, and some simple advice on how to approach it. As you follow the blog, keep in mind the above mantra where it applies to injury in this very common problem area.


Lower back pain, like most other injuries, is a sign that our body has adapted to our environment in a way that isn't necessarily ideal for the long term. The beauty is that back pain, like a cold, is a temporary adaptation response to our habits and behaviors. Through our wonderful resilience we can re-adapt in a very short amount of time in our lives.


At our office we help people find those things we need to change, temporarily or long term, that will eliminate the problem and to promote a prolonged resistance to a return to disorder.


Feel free to reach out to us at mhcwny@gmail.com if you have any questions! We look forward to helping give you, the reader, a better understanding of how to keep yourself well.

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