Lower Back Pain has plagued human kind probably since the beginning of time.  More in the recent era due to more and more jobs are sedentary in nature versus standing or walking.  The amount of force that is exerted on the lower back can be mind bending.  A study recorded by the National Institute of Health showed that at L4/L5 disc height decreased dramatically.

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Here is picture of your spine from your head all the way down to your pelvis.

 

You can see the natural flowing curves of the spine.  There is a nice curve in the low back .  That curve in the low back arching backwards protects your discs that are colored blue.  It also protects nerves that are coming out of the holes just behind the blue disks.

Now let’s put the spine into a sitting position without the chair to hide how damaging it really is.  Can You see how the curve is reversed?  Can you see how the curve in the neck is reversed as well?  So in actuality you are getting crushed by your bowling ball head ( which weighs between 8 to 10 pounds being held about 4 inches further forward than it should be causing upper back pain and headaches.  In the low back you are literally crushing the discs the longer you sit.

Lower Back Pain when sitting

Lower Back Pain caused by sitting

As you can see that when the curve for the low back is made to bend in the opposite direction, not only does it damage the disc, but it also will exert force on the nerves that exit through the small holes.  These nerves can’t not only cause pain, but they are able to affect your bladder, sex organs, and even your colon as well as strength and feeling all the way down to your feet.  Sciatic pain is commonly caused by irritating one of the larger nerves that runs down the back of your leg all the way down to your foot.

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Most people believe that the muscle ( piriformis ) is the cause of the sciatic pain, but it is actually the spine and the pelvis being in the wrong position that exerts force on to the sciatic nerve by stretching the pirifomis muscle over the sciatic nerve causing the irritation.

Nerve irritation

Sciatic nerve irritation

There are trainers and exercise physiologists who believe that pain management  can be achieved by using lower back  stretches or back exercises for the piriformis and the iliospsoas muscles.  They believe this will give you relief from back pain.  The problem is that these muscles are attached to the spine and pelvis and if these bones are not moved back into correct position, stretching these muscles will only allow at best short term relief.  Noticing the key term is that they are only managing the pain versus eliminating the pain and they are only at best getting muscle pain relief.

 

Try taking out your chair without changing positions and you will see that you are hunched over like a person you see in horror movies.  That will become you the longer you sit. I want you to realize that those muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs, etc. don’t come back to normal by simply standing especially if you have been doing this for over a year.  The study done by NIH showed that in as little as 4 hours you have dramatically lost the height in the disc space at your last two Lumbar vertebrae.  This will lead toward chronic pain.