Mechanical back pain is all pain derived from the body’s biomechanical function, which includes the muscles that move us and the fascia that stabilizes that movement. Non-mechanical back pain derives from tumors, disease or illness - pain derived from non-mechanical sources requires medical attention. The underlying cause of mechanical back pain is a weak and dysfunctional core system. A weak core leads to a disconnection between the pelvis and the lumbar spine that creates misalignments in your spinal system eventually leading to spinal degeneration. This disconnection leads to a host of other problems.
The most obvious outward symptom is poor posture that not only looks unattractive, but also puts pressure on all the muscles in the chest and back leading to tight painful muscles. Less obvious, but even more problematic, is that the disconnection between the pelvis and lumbar spine often causes unnatural rotation in the hips and knees which puts pressure on the muscles and joints connecting the hips, knees and ankles which can lead to injury, pain and even invasive replacement surgery.
These structural problems often manifest in pain in a specific area of the body, usually the lower back pain, but really the problem effects the whole biomechanical function of the body - from the neck down to the ankles - it causes limited joint mobility, compresses joint sockets, cartilage and discs and holds ligaments, tendons and muscles in long stretched out positions until they overload and weaken, this causes pain and increases the risk of injury.
You may first experience mechanical back pain as muscle spasms that resolve quickly with a little ice and heat or possibly a few weeks of physical therapy (if you are lucky enough to have insurance that will cover such a thing!) Fascial or ligament strains are usually caused by a strong force or physical trauma and take much longer to heal often leading to chronic pain conditions.
Symptoms of mechanical back pain are dull aching pain, sharp pain, tingling or burning sensations and weakness in a leg or foot. These symptoms are all by-products of a spinal system that is being crushed by hardened, chronically tight muscles and fascia or being pinched by compressed joints and herniated discs. The pain you are experiencing can often be tied to one traumatic event, but really the root cause is much deeper and more systemic. A tight and inelastic muscular and fascial system makes you more susceptible to pain and injury. Have you ever noticed how a child can bend, flip and fall down without a single strain or injury? It’s because a child’s fascial system is loose, elastic and hydrated. Their bodies can bend and adjust to external forces that would likely injure an adult.
The Bula Method works to bring you back to that childlike state. By softening the myofascial system and improving its elasticity, back pain is relieved quickly and you will find yourself much less likely to suffer an injury resulting in chronic pain.
The Bula Method is so effective because it does not treat the outward symptoms of chronic pain - instead it treats the whole body. Our approach works by balancing the tensional forces in and around the spinal system, decompressing the spine and lifting tension off joint sockets and the nervous system, this allows for increased biomechanical functional movements as structural integrity is corrected. This simple revolutionary approach doesn't just resolve chronic back pain but also greatly reduces the risk of reoccurring back pain or injury because of the myofascial resilience to injury that builds up with an elastic, supple and flexible myofascial system.