Step 3: Determining Structural Influences For Your Symptoms

4 patterns common to most every back pain sufferer 

At this point, you have reflected on the impact back pain is having on your life. Next, you identified where your symptoms are located and the behavior of those symptoms. Now you will need to correlate what you’ve determined with what you see structurally to determine a potential underlying cause of your problem.

In our experience, there are four structural patterns that emerge for most people dealing with short or long term back pain: the Forward Pelvis Syndrome, the Backward Pelvis Syndrome, the High Pelvis Syndrome, and the Forward Head Syndrome. Each of these structural patterns is characterized by specific muscle imbalances that influence the way the spine functions.

A muscle imbalance occurs when opposing muscles provide different directions of tension due to tightness and/or weakness. When a muscle it too tight, the joint tends to move in that direction creating weakness in the muscles that move the joint in the opposite direction. Muscle imbalances are created as a result of repeated movements in one direction or sustained postures. As these imbnalances progress, joint pain will eventually ensue.

Below are the muscle imbalances associated with each of the four structural syndromes. It is important to note that people suffering with back pain tend to have components of all 4 syndromes, each of which need to be addressed in order for full recovery to take place.

Forward Pelvis Syndrome

Backward Pelvis Syndrome

High Pelvis Syndrome

Forward Head Syndrome

here is a short video that goes over the details of these 4 syndromes:

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