The Loss of Verticality
When the body loses its verticality, however, as happens due to injury, trauma, shallow breathing, muscular compensation, or a variety of other factors, this state of equipoise is disrupted. This is what’s called postural distortion. When the head, for example, chronically moves forward off the center line (the coronal plane), the muscles of the neck and back are forced to contract to counteract the pull of gravity on the head. The head becomes a 6+ pound weight that your back muscles have to hold up all day long. On the other hand, when the head is balanced over the shoulders, it is protected from the downward pull of gravity by the mass of the body.
Another example of postural distortion occurs when there’s a torsion in the pelvis. A torsion in the pelvis can lead to what’s called a functional leg-length difference which compels the body to lean to one side, off the mid-sagittal center line. This elicits a powerful compensatory contraction of muscles in the waist and lower back in order to bring the body upright. As long as a pelvic torsion is left uncorrected, this compensatory contraction will persist, eventually fatiguing the muscles, causing ischemia (low blood flow), and producing lower back pain.
Unraveling the Mystery of Lower Back Pain
The conventional medical model still views the body as an assembly of individual parts to be scrutinized individually,
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