Anyone who has ever experienced back pain knows how disabling it can be.  It limits every facet of your life, because the spine is your body’s central command post.


An uncomfortable spine makes it difficult to sit, stand, walk, or even sleep.   If you reach with your arm, you feel it in your back.  Step too high with the leg, the back will bite back.  And heaven help you if you sneeze.

Conventional treatment approaches to low back pain can certainly be beneficial.  But there are those who simply don’t respond to rest, ice, pain medicine, and traditional physical therapy.  If you find yourself stuck in back pain misery, consider shifting your focus a bit.

To do this, rethink some common misconceptions about back pain.

The 3 Myths

1.  Diagnostic tests tell the whole story

2.  Back pain origniates from the back.

3.  Mechanical pain cannot be caused by mental stress

You paid thousands of dollars for that MRI, but does it answer the question why you hurt?

Consider this:  not every abnormality that shows up on a CT scan or MRI is a problem.  That disc herniation may have been your buddy for years and years.  Even through the good times.  You just weren’t aware it was there.   But now that you hurt, you’d like to blame all your troubles on that disc.  The opposite is also true.  If a MRI is negative, does it mean there is not a problem?   It simply means that the source of your pain doesn’t show up on MRI.  Most soft tissue injuries go undiagnosed by MRI.   Things like fascial inflammation and restriction do not show up in pictures.  But they are real.

Back pain originates from the back, true or false?

Back pain can originate from multiple sources that are nowhere near your back.  A jammed occiput can cause you to feel symptoms in your back.  A rotated SI joint can create symptoms in your low back.  Problems with various organs – kidneys are famous for it- will refer pain to the back.  So, if you are experiencing  unresolving back pain and focusing all treatment to the area of your symptoms, perhaps its a good time to branch out a bit.    Myofascial release addresses restriction throughout the entire body, not just a localized area.

Mental Stress Creates Physical Stress

Too much on your mind, can influence the tightness of the fascial system anywhere throughout your body.  In fact, your body may be the first indicator that you need to rethink a few things.   The mind and body are intimately connected.  Here’s the good news: you relax the tightness in the body, it will have the same effect on your mental state.  Releasing fascial tightness not only decompresses the joints and rehydrates the tissues, but it helps to shut down the stress response that is keeping your head buzzing.  You’ll think clearer.  Rest better.  React less.  And before you know it, that mental stress doesn’t seem like such a big problem.

Don’t get stuck with tunnel vision when addressing your back pain.  Try a more holistic approach like myofascial release to put you back in action.

Free up that fascia.  Stay healthy.