Your car and your back have more in common than you think – and it can help you understand your back pain better. When your car has ride problems, you feel every painful road imperfection. The ride is rough and keeping the vehicle in a straight line can be challenging, as every jolt sends it veering off course.
As a car owner, you know from experience what the culprits are likely to be: the tires (inflation and/or alignment) or the suspension, which actively modulate ride. But suppose a new mechanic tells you the problem is most likely due to either the dings and dents in the car body, or the flattened-out foam in the driver’s seat. Would you believe his diagnosis? Probably only in the very rare instance of the car having been in a major accident or it being an unrestored Model T.
Now let’s imagine your back is a car with the same type of ride problems. Does it make sense that our car bodies (vertebrae) and seat cushions (discs) have suddenly gone bad and are causing severe pain? Blaming passive elements for active ride discomfort doesn’t make sense. For the vast majority of us, our back pain is related to our postural alignment and tension in other active ride elements, like muscles and connective tissue. That’s great news, because you can treat it yourself, without drugs or invasive procedures.
When your back hurts, think alignment and shock absorption. It’s time for a tune-up.