Why Does Your Back Hurt?
In 2003, I hurt my back so badly I couldn’t get out of bed. The doctor gave me muscle relaxants and pain killers and said it would take 5 days to recover. He was wrong. It took nearly six months, and along the way, I began what has now become an obsessive investigation in to back care.
Why do 80% of people have a major back pain issue at some point in their lives? Why did I have such a big problem even as a yoga teacher?
And why are you having problems now?
Most back pain occurs due to (1) lack of use (weakness / stiffness), (2) overuse (pushing too hard) or most commonly, a combination of both. Often your strength isn’t what is used to be, and then you lift a piano, run a 10K without training, or carry a child with an unusual grip on the way to the car – and then wham!
The Real Risk of Chronic Pain
You already know back pain affects your quality of life; but even more concerning is the domino effect it can have where the clock of aging spines five years forward in a matter of months. Here’s what I’ve seen happen...
You hurt your back. You stop exercising. You gain a little weight, lose a little muscle, and start using pain killers regularly. What started as a mild disc herniation can quickly domino into a weight problem, hormone imbalances, sleep issues, and mental health challenges.
The cruel joke here is the #1 tool you have to heal your spine is exactly what you’ve stopped doing – moving! Movement is medicine, remember?
As a studio owner, I’ve seen this pattern play out dozens of times even with young and otherwise healthy people. You can go from a fun and active lifestyle to couch-bound Netflix life almost overnight, and the risk are much bigger than are initially obvious.