My Back Problem is Inherited…
By Dr. Miguel Cruz
Here are 3 reasons why it probably wasn’t!
1. I often hear from patients that their problems may be inherited since their parents, uncles, and aunts had similar problems. Truth is that statistically, most Americans will suffer at least 1 debilitating back problem by the time they are in their 30’s. We do, however, learn from our parents, things like poor posture. Ask yourself the question, do I stand upright most of the time? If not, you may be setting yourself up for back problems. Do you or your family members participate in any regular exercise or stretching program? Research has shown that regular stretching/exercise is preventive for debilitating injury. The problem may be more in our inherited habits than our genes.
- A recent research paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association was looking at the differences between acute and chronic low back pain. It has always been thought that acute low back pain will resolve by itself with rest in about 30 days. The most recent study followed these patients with acute low back pain over several years and discovered that 32% developed chronic back pain, In other words not only did the pain return but it continued to get worse. So the lesson learned here is to do something about it sooner rather than later, don’t just assume the pain will go away. A regular exercise & stretching program will help.
3. Lastly, I occasionally encounter someone who is just constantly inflamed. They are always hurting all over and doing just about anything physical makes them worse. Often these poor folks have to change their lifestyle habits including their foods. Many of us have food sensitivities that are making us chronically ill. There is food testing available for this and I have seen lives changed simply by avoiding a few foods.
I hope the above 3 reasons why your backache may not be inherited are helpful. If you would like more free information on stretches and exercises to strengthen your back you will find lots of short videos on my website at cruzlifecenter.com. This is where I send my patients for self-help.
Dr. Miguel Cruz is in practice along with his wife of 35 years, Lesia Cruz who is a certified Integrative Nutritionist. They own Cruz Life Center in Burnsville NC. Dr. Cruz is a licensed Chiropractor since 1981. When asked what he does for a living he explains that he helps people get out of pain and improve their overall health without the use of drugs or surgery. Something everyone seems to want but nobody seems to know how to get there. Dr. Cruz accepted Jesus Christ in the summer of 1979 while in chiropractic school. He has since dedicated his life to helping people grow in physical health and spiritual health. Read more good Christian news from Dr. Cruz HERE.