A Must Have Self-Treatment Tool For Lower Back Pain

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.

Trigger Points
Misdiagnosed and Mistreated

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.

Trigger Point Treatment Failure

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:

  • Your trigger points were not treated long enough. It takes time. How long it takes to eliminate trigger point can depend on your age, fitness level, degree of injury, length of time the trigger points have been present, and even you nutritional status and stress level.
  • The treatment was the wrong kind. Just because your therapist or doctor told you they are giving you trigger point therapy doesn’t mean you are receiving the right kind of therapy, the right frequency, or number of treatments. Don’t assume the therapist or doctor is proficient enough to render the proper trigger point therapy. If you are not noticing improvement after one month of care at a frequency of two to three times per week something is not right.
  • You have other trigger points that are being overlooked or missed by your doctor or therapist. Trigger points are seldom solitary. Most low back sufferers have multiple trigger points in multiple muscles. They must all be treated or results will be less than complete.
  • Perpetuating factors (weight, shoes, posture, subluxations, and nutrition) have been ignored or not corrected. Trigger points and pain patterns are often the result of a compilation of factors that add stress to the body and its painful areas. They must all be corrected. This is often why we witness treatment failure and chronic pain. Excess body weight will cause the muscle to overwork, Poor posture, abnormal shoes, and subluxations place the spine in abnormal alignment and create abnormal nerve behavior. All of this will stress muscles and the nervous system and perpetuates or reactivates trigger points.
  • Your pain is not from trigger points. Although trigger points are the most common muscle problem and the biggest cause of low back pain obviously it may not be the cause of your back pain. Be sure to have a trigger point expert evaluate you. Do not rely on the opinion of a doctor or therapist who is not as knowledgeable or trained as well to recognize, identify, and treat trigger points. It takes much training and experience to become adept at locating and treating trigger points. So, be sure before you write off trigger points as the cause of your lower back pain that you are confident that that is indeed the case.

Treat Your Own Trigger Points

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 manual does recommend using the Theracane to massage painful areas but I believe applying pressure to the trigger points and holding the pressure for 10 seconds at a tolerable but uncomfortable amount will prove far more effective in alleviating your trigger points and their associated pain and muscle dysfunction.

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 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."

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