Based on scientific research, clinical observations and healing of more than a hundred thousand patients with many different origins or causes of low back pain.
I was brushing my teeth and my back got stuck.
I was collecting a leaf and my back got stuck.
I was sitting there eating quietly but when I got up my back blocked up completely.
I was putting my pants on and my back got stuck.
These are the phrases we constantly hear in our Clinic.
It is not because we did these movements that our back got stuck, something was not functioning correctly so the body simply did its job and blocked the back up to protect the person from having more serious problems, such as a disc herniation. So when our back gets stuck it’s simply the last defense of the body to prevent the disks from herniating, and that’s how we should consider it.
Comparing an X-ray made a week before the patient’s back gets stuck to one done two weeks after the episode, there will be no visual difference. From this we should understand that X-rays usually are not needed to find the true causes of back pain.
At the Sanrocco clinic, instead of looking for one structural cause for low back pain and failing like in the medical profession, we consider four major aspects with a lot of possible factors that can contribute to causing low back problems:
So far, we have found more than 500 different causes of back pain. It is often a combination of different factors that we can then change or improve with the Sanrocco Method.
1) Structural aspect: can be a simple sprained foot or knee, a whiplash, an excessively sedentary lifestyle, repeated lifting, a dental malocclusion, etc. A biomechanical defect, called a subluxation or fixation (that is the loss of normal mobility and physiological position of one or more vertebrae – what patients define as a blocked or out of place vertebrae -), can occur at the level of any articulation ( from the feet up to the mandible ), and has, directly or indirectly, many potential causes.
For example an ankle sprain can cause a lot of upper body complaints such as headaches, neck pain, shoulder-arm pain, and low back problems over the next six months. (Kasch)
2) Biochemical aspect: from the simple deficiency of water, vegetables, or any nutritionally necessary substance to the excess of milk or refined foods, etc.
Lack of water will weaken the ileopsoas muscle, which is the most important muscle for keeping the lumbar discs in place. That is why we recommend that our patients drink 1 liter of water a day for every 25 kilo’s of bodyweight.
A good book to understand the basic health problems that we see now in the world is “ POTTENGER’S CATS”, A study in nutrition by Francis M. Pottenger; ISBN 0-916764-06-0. The amazing thing is that the study was done between 1932 and 1942 on the effect of heat-processed food on cats, and never was repeated, even though the results demonstrate the probable causes of many today’s health problems among humans.
Earliest defects noticed in cats on heat-processed food (First generation):
– poor teeth and facial development
– narrow palates
– irregular spaced, uneven, crowded teeth
– missing teeth
– allergic symptoms
– disturbances in bone mineralization (more fragile )
Second generation deficient cats exhibited progressive:
– common respiratory and gastrointestinal problems
– various skin disorder
– inflammation of the joints
– near or farsightedness
– more nervousness and irritability – interest in sex decreased or missing
even leading to aggressiveness
– more difficult deliveries – less or no spermatogenesis
– reduced reproductive efficiency and the bones became even more fragile (demineralization)
Third deficient generation; none survived beyond sixth months of life.
Instead, the control group fed with raw and natural food continued to generate cats in perfect health.
In light of these results, it seems that eating more raw food, chewing it for a long time would be a good idea.
As an example we found in the Sanrocco that children with narrow palates who chewed raw food for a long time, developed a normal palate, thus avoiding expensive orthodontic interventions.
Artificially modified food has created an increasing number of diseases in recent decades, such as food intolerances to gluten, corn, etc. Other biochemical problems that we often find to be related to chronic low back pain are excessive consumption of refined white sugar, foods and drinks containing sugar and glucose syrup, and too many carbohydrates (with the exception of whole grain rice, millet, buckwheat, oats and quinoa).
3) Mental level:
A major piece of evidence in this regard is the observation that socioeconomic status is one of the most powerful determants of health and longevity, even after other known risk factors are taken into account.
Blanchflower and Oswald found a consistent U-shaped curve of well-being and happiness with mental distress at its maximum in the middle age (40-50) in 73 developed and developing nations.
Interestingly, this same U-shaped curve was found by Hogg-Johnson et al. concerning the prevalence of neck pain and by Dionne et al. who found that the reported prevalence of benign, non-specific back pain also peaks in middle age. They found that this U-shaped, age-related curve appears to apply to a variety of other non-specific symptoms like general fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, depression, difficulty in relaxing, chest pain and headache. (however, the reporting of serious back problems and low back pain increased throughout life)
- The positive note is that Oswald observed that most people slowly emerge from this low period in their 50’s and encouragingly by the time they are 70and if they are still physically fit they are on the average as happy and mentally healthy as a 20-year old.
4) Electromagnetic aspect: for example the interference created by cell phones , high voltage power lines, television, computer, I-pad etc..
All these factors have to be taken into account when you approach a patient with low back pain and this is precisely what we do at the clinic using the Sanrocco Method.