What To Do When Back Pain Throws a Wrench In Your Workout
Why Back Pain Isn’t Just About Your Back
When your body is out of balance, gravity drags it down. Imagine a building with a huge chunk in the middle shifted 15 feet to the side. The force of gravity would strain the building and pull it down, compromising the structure. The same is happening in your body, except you also have the added complication of being a moving structure, not static.
When back pain strikes, you’ll likely get a prescription for pain killers and rest from your doctor. This may work in the short term, but your pain will probably come back as soon as you pick up your activity again because those same old muscle imbalances haven’t changed a bit.
In reality, you’ve got two choices when it comes to back pain: fix it or make it worse. If you simply medicate using pain killers, you may not feel it while exercising, but you’ll still be doing damage to your body by “working through the pain.” Pain is a message from your body that something is wrong and needs attention. Medicating yourself out of pain is like turning off your fire alarm and ignoring the smoke and flames consuming your home.
To truly correct back pain, you need to address your physical imbalances. Generally, pain exists in cases of hypo- and hyper-mobility, meaning one part of your body isn’t moving like it should and another part is moving more than it’s designed to do in order to compensate.