Lower Back Pain Epidemic

12 Nov

As people have towered over animals on the planet by walking on two feet instead of crawling around on all fours or slithering like a snake, the lower back has taken the brunt of the load. Human beings are the only creatures that have taken full advantage of elevating the front quarters off the ground, which requires less energy and provides a better field of vision, but the geometric increase of load on the lower back s has taken a tremendous toll. The human spine has adapted to the tremendous compressive force of gravity arguably through evolution, which unfortunately does not appear to have successfully addressed the modern day epidemic of lower back pain.

A relatively straight forward part of anatomy, the lower back has been unnecessarily mystified in an attempt to obfuscate the real issues.  Accepted medicine which is not geared to  physical medicine has taken upon itself the responsibility for restricting other healers from practicing the only form of medicine that has the potential to alleviating a problem which they do not have a clue.

  Spending of over $100 billion a year on accepted therapies has not reduced the incidence of lower back pain which affects 80 percent of the population at some time in their lives and is the second most frequent reason for visiting a physician after upper respiratory tract disorders  Less than 15 percent of lower back patients leave their physician’s offices with a specific diagnosis which leads to worse problems in treatment. Overall there is less than a one percent chance of the prescription of a definitive treatment plan that is specific to the presenting condition.

It is common sense that that regular medicine’s specialization in drugs and surgery is not effective for aches, pains and joint dysfunction from the sprains and strains of muscles and ligaments that cause lower back pain.    The best remedies for these types of problems are physical treatments but accepted medicine’s half hearted answer to this problem is physical therapy traditionally used for rehabilitation for recovery from surgery and not as primary treatment for musculoskeletal conditions.  Based in accepted practices that require referral from an MD, the fundamental perspective of physical therapy is to a certain extent irreparable divergent from the natural healing techniques practiced by alternative practitioners like chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists who attempt to help the patient recovery without drugs or surgery.

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