In today’s muscle of the day we are continuing our series on low back pain and dysfunction, especially the structures that are involved in poor movement and injuries to the disc.
Up today we have the lumbar joint capsules. These are very deep and very important in the mechanics and movement of the lumbar spine.
Often when we spend too much time sitting it puts these capsules in a constant stretch, especially the ones that are on the bottom of the spine. When this happens they don't get enough blood and oxygen, causing the body to lay down what is called adhesion.
Adhesion is like glue that gets into the capsule and makes it less flexible. The job of the capsules is to allow good movement and mechanics to the spine, when this can’t happen it actually puts more pressure on the joint and disc.
This added pressure leads to more force on the disc and causes it to get weaker, eventually leading to a tear.
The capsule is usually the first link in the chain to go and when it is inflamed or beat it up it will usually present with some mild forms of low back pain.
Most of us are very guilty of avoiding early signs of pain and often won’t seek out an answer until it gets really bad.
Listen to your body and any pain that persists can actually get worse over time. Its a lot easier to address it early in the process, instead of waiting until it gets so bad that you expect a miracle from your doctor.
The capsule is really deep, very difficult to treat effectively. In order to get it effectively treated you do need an expert to get in there and remove the adhesion with their hands. In no way shape or form can an adhesion in the capsule be removed with a chiropractic adjustment!
The best musculoskeletal doctors in the world are trained in the Integrative Diagnosis System and if you are lucky there is one near you!