Dr. Tobias Pintar

General Practitioner, LNB Pain Therapy, Acupuncture

How can we fight pain and keep it away over the long term?

In my last blog I explained how pain develops, today I want to tell you how to get rid of it. I already mentioned, that the most common reason for pain is muscle tension. So the logical consequence must be to reduce the tension. Here’s an example.

Many people have lower back pain. While the pain is felt in the lower back, the source of it actually lies in the front. Due to sitting many hours or bent forward activities the muscles in the front adjust to every day movement and shorten. A short hip flexor muscle (iliopsoas muscle) and short abdominal muscles are probably the most common cause for lower back pain. Every time we stand up from a sitting position now, the muscles in the back have to overcome the tension in the front. That progressively increases the tension in the back as the hip flexor becomes ever shorter from all the sitting. Once the tension in the front and the back reaches an unhealthy level for the related joints, the body triggers pain to warn against impending danger of destruction. How can we avoid that?

The logical consequence is to elongate the muscles and get them more flexible. That way the joints get more room to move. We can achieve that with specific stretching of the myo-fascial structures. If we suffer from lower back pain, we have to stretch out the short muscles of the front so the ones in the back get the chance to relax.

Unfortunately stretching is a very slow method to achieve that. It can take weeks or even months to get the muscles long enough, to achieve pain freedom. The ‘LNB Pain Therapy’ I use can give you pain relief in an instant, which will make it easier for you to do the stretches necessary to keep up the long term success. In my next blog I will give you the most important rules to achieve a longterm effect with stretching.