Lower back is influenced by postures of upper and lower parts of the body. Postural deviations of the knee/ foot/ neck/shoulder affect the mechanics of the lower back. Structures of lower back which get affected due to abnormal forces are spinal joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, nerves, myofascia and skin.
Myofascia is a layer of covering over the muscles which is continuous all over the body. Any alteration in the muscle tone in the muscles of shoulder blade affects the stretchability of myofascia in the lower back region. This causes discomfort. If the condition is left to remain for long by suppressing the pain with help of rest or pain medicines, then the person is very likely to feel pain in neck and / or restriction of movement in the lower back. The unequal forces so developed on the spinal joints and the discs predisposes the spinal disc bulge (prolapse).
Pain in the foot and knee may affect walking pattern.This strains the sacro-illiac joints. Alteration in the tone of buttock and lower back muscles is noticed in such individuals. Pain similar to sciatica can also be reported.
Foot deformities (flat feet / high arch feet/ painful heel ) also strain the back and give pain.
Rest and medication in such cases suppress the pain sensation, but mechanical causes persist. Physiotherapy in form of IFT and traction act similar to rest and medication. On the contrary it is noticed that traction when given for acute pains actually increase the pain.
It is not that you have to live with pain after being diagnosed with disc prolapse. Also, you need not make too many changes in your lifestyle. Many patients with disc prolapse have been treated at Total Rehab with the help of a breakthrough technology termed as DRS (Disengage-Relocate-Stabilize). DRS technique is designed to treat the cause of disc prolapse. It corrects the mechanical derangements in the body.
DRS and muscle mechanics:
In our body, some muscles work to move the joint though others work to stabilize the surrounding body parts and some assist the prime movers. There are muscles also to control the movement initiated by the prime movers. All muscles in our body work synchronously to move the joint efficiently. DRS technique is based on this movement science. All structures responsible for the disc prolapse are identified and attended by specific procedures to disengage the prolapsed disc. The 2nd phase of the therapy is relocation of the disc to its normal position. This is again achieved by specific muscle contractions and positioning. Methods of back ergonomics are taught to prevent repeated prolapses. The 2nd phase may last for 3-4 weeks. During the 3rd pahse, all efforts to stabilize the relocated disc / joint is done so as to prevent recurrent problems. This phase involves strengthening of power and endurance of the muscles. This phase lasts for 3-4 months.
DRS technique is effective in all age groups. It is also effective in cases of failed back surgeries.