Okay women have you ever wondered “What causes back pain in women?” That is how Cynthia started her conversation with me. She was calling my clinic to find out why she was having terrible discomfort every time she picked up and carried her kids. Why was her back “talking” to her while she was grocery shopping and standing in lines. She wanted to go for a run but was nervous about making the pain worse. She had been stretching day and night with only a little bit of relief. She was debating going to get a cream to rub on her back BUT she didn’t want to smell funny. And she was concerned that pain killers would simply be masking a larger problem.
I work with women all the time that have the same concerns as Cynthia.
And she was right being a woman does lend us to having back pain unfortunately.
Things like wide hips, monthly hormonal changes and frequently picking up children not mention having children increase our chances of having lower and upper back pain.
BUT just like Cynthia who is now back to running for exercise and chasing kids pain free. Just because we are female with wide hips, monthly hormonal changes and have to repeatedly lifting squirmy kids doesn’t mean that frequent episodes of increasing worse back pain is just a part of life. Nor are you just getting older.
The reason Cynthia wasn’t having any lasting changes from stretching was because she didn't have a flexibility issue. She had a stability and mobility issue. Her back moved far more than it should’ve which put extra strain on her back muscle causing her pain. When Cynthia and I started working together we stopped her pain, then we started working on fixing the route cause of her excessive spine motion, then before she completed her therapy she was working on making her body back pain resistant. Cynthia is now not worried about how often she has to pick up her ever quickly growing children, how long the grocery store line is and she is able to run for as far as she wants that day. Cynthia has the tools to continue to make her back and body injury resistant which will keep her doing her favorite activities for a long time.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald