If there is one tool that is essential for self-treatment of lower back pain or any pain originating from trigger points the Theracane would fit the bill.
Why? The reason I believe this comes from my years as a chiropractor and treating thousands of patients with not only back pain, but just about every other muscular-skeletal pain. Some of the more common complaints associated with trigger points include: headaches, hip, knee and foot pain, shoulder pains, headaches, TMJ pain and dysfunction, hand pain and paresthesias, and even dizziness.
What I found was that the number one cause of most, muscle and joint pain is myofascial pain syndrome, otherwise known as trigger points.
I also discovered it to be the number one most neglected or overlooked condition that causes muscular-skeletal pain including lower back pain. All to often when you are suffering with chronic lower back pain or any chronic muscle and joint pain you are probably dealing with trigger points.
I'll bet that if I did a survey of low back pain sufferers it would reveal that over 80% will have either never heard of trigger points or never received appropriate trigger point treatment from their doctor or therapist. Yet trigger points are by far the biggest cause of lower back as well as that of nearly every other muscle and joint pain that we experience.
It not only causes pain it will also inhibit muscular strength and function. The muscle that harbors trigger points will exhibit weakness and restriction (tightness). Attempts to strengthen it or stretch it will be fruitless until the trigger points are eliminated.
I have witnessed many lower back pain sufferers who have gone years or even a lifetime suffering needlessly due to neglect or failure to receive proper trigger point therapy.
Maybe you have had some type of trigger point treatment and are still suffering with lower back pain. You are possibly thinking that it didn’t work for you or trigger points are not your problem.
The reason may be one or more of the following:
Treating trigger points can become expensive and time consuming. As I already stated, this is especially true if your doctors or therapists are in some way failing at diagnosis or treatment.
You can often treat yourself at home with a simple, inexpensive tool called a Theracane.
The Theracane comes with an easy to understand instructional manual for you. Or you can search this website, Youtube, or other online sites for instructions.
The Theracane is not only great for lower back pain it can also be used on most other trigger points that may be present throughout your body that could be causing other body pains you may be experiencing.
If you have a partner that performs trigger points on you, which I highly recommend, the Theracane is a fantastic tool that can be used in place of their thumbs or elbows.
My advice is to use it on your trigger points 2 to 3 times per week until your pain is eliminated or minimized to the fullest extent possible. It may take time to learn to use it proficiently but believe me it is well worth 100 times the cost and then some.
Don't expect or depend on your healthcare provider to treat your trigger points...it probably won't happen. That's why I say, "The best self-treatment tool for lower back pain that you should own is the Theracane."