Though back pain affects hundreds of millions of people around the world, its cause(s) (for many) still remains a mystery. This is probably because back pain can be caused by so many different things and in this age of ‘specialization’, not too many physicians can identify (or are even aware of) the various reasons for this (often) excruciating condition.
Conventional medicine lists some of the following causes of back pain, which have been talked about ad infinitum. They are:
- Ruptured disc
- Improper lifting
- Sudden awkward movement
- Strained muscles, sprained tendons and ligaments
I’d like to educate you on other common sources of chronic back pain, which you rarely (if ever) read about. These are:
Bio mineral imbalances
Preclinical Clubfoot Deformity
Bio Mineral Imbalances
The parietal cells lining your stomach produce hydrochloric acid (HCL), which allows your body to ionize (put them into their elemental form) the minerals that you ingest. If the parietal cells produce insufficient amounts of HCL, your ingested minerals will not be completely ionized. Non ionized minerals can not pass through your body’s cellular membranes (where they are needed to produce enzymes necessary in maintaining proper functioning within the cell).
When this occurs (for example) in the lining of the nerve cells (Sheath of Schwan) this can augment or distort the conduction of nerve impulses from one nerve cell to another. If this occurs within your spinal nerves, the end result can be nerve ‘jolts’ and severe muscle spasms in your back.
Stress activates (turns on) your sympathetic nervous system. This means that the more stress you have, the higher the levels of adrenaline your adrenal glands are pumping into your circulation. Short bursts of adrenaline production (which occur during times of perceived danger) trigger the ‘fight or flight’ reaction, which is critical for self survival. However, continued pumping of adrenaline into your blood stream is not only unnecessary, but will act as a biochemical toxin, poisoning your body. This biochemical toxin results in pain, often felt in your back.
A little known (or dismissed) fact in conventional medicine; is that the body is connected head to foot and foot to head. That is, what happens in one part of your body, affects your entire body. If you receive a trauma to the head and it results in a distortion in the position of your sphenoid bone (the keystone bone in the cranial vault) the result will be a twist in the fascial planes connecting your occiput to your sacrum. This results in a twisting of the sacrum. In other words, a blow to your head can result in a twist or crunching of your pelvis, which in turn, can lead to chronic pain in your back.
If you’re trying to discern an object in the near distance, you will automatically and subconsciously push your head forward in an attempt to improve the focus of the object you’re looking at. Your cerebellum (the balance center of your brain) makes an adjustment in your posture so that your head forward position doesn’t cause you to fall down.
If you have a visual impairment (e.g. myopic- nearsighted) you will always maintain your head in a forward position, whether you are trying to discern an object in the near distance or not. The cerebellum interprets this change in head position as an alteration in the structure of your cervical spine. Acting on this assumption, the cerebellum distorts your posture, placing stress on your entire spine and sacrum. This continual stress can cause chronic back pain.
Your dentition (how your teeth align) provides important information to the cerebellum on the position of your body in space (i.e., your posture). Your cerebellum is ‘hard wired’ to assume that you have a level bite and alters your posture based on this assumption.
If your bite is not level and you push your head forward as you walk up an incline, the distorted bite will send a distorted signal to the cerebellum, as to where your head is in space. Acting on this distorted signal, the cerebellum distorts your posture. More specifically, it distorts your spinal curves and unlevels your pelvis, which, in turn, can result in chronic back pain.
Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
I’ve published voluminous amounts of information about chronic pain as a result of having one of two inherited abnormal foot structures – the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. If you were born with one of these two common foot structures, the mechanical receptors on the bottom of your feet will send distorted signals to your cerebellum, which will then maintain a distorted (bad) posture.
This is similar to what happens when you have a malocclusion – the difference being the malocclusion causes bad posture from the head down and the abnormal foot structure causes bad posture from the feet up.
Bad posture results in an inflammation of the muscles and joints. Hence – you guessed it – this can be manifested as chronic back pain.
To find out if your back pain may come from an inherited, abnormal foot structure, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
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Professor/Dr Brian A Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain and The Foots Connection to Chronic Pain