Published: May 26th 2020
Take a look at the shape of your spine -- notice the curves -- and see that your neck ("cervical spine") and low back ("lumbar spine") have the same shaped-curve; but, your mid-back ("thoracic spine") has the opposite curve:
This means when you move a segment in the lower spine, the mid-back compensates with an equal and opposite movement, forcing your cervical spine to imitate your lower spine. Basically, if one segment rotates in your lower spine (i.e. L3), it's a good bet the same segment (i.e. C3) in your neck has rotated, as well.
Most people miss this. They don't realize they are causing small rotations and mal-alignments in their necks by sitting with improper posture, working on a computer all day, texting or emailing friends from a smartphone, or putting the phone to their ears while having a conversation.
Yet, it's these neck imbalances that often make someone susceptible to a back injury to begin with... or slow to heal. It's always a good rule to consider checking out your neck if you have low back pain.
More often than not, if you haven't had success with other therapies, look for what others may have missed...
Make simple adjustments to your work habits, talking on the phone, and the strain you place on your neck to improve function. I suspect you'll be surprised by how much your neck and mid-back affect your low back, as so many others have been...
If you take the time to improve the health of your entire spine -- instead of just your back -- you'll notice improved flexibility all over your body, less or no back pain, and more energy.
If you think you might be placing strain on your neck, tipping your chin up, rounding your shoulders, or spending a lot of time on a computer, I'd highly encourage you to check this out:
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