Causes of Spinal Pain
      Pain that is experienced directly on the spine has three common causes:
  • A Fracture of the Spinal Vertebrae
  • A "Spinal Misalignment"or Articular Dysfunction.*
  • Referred Pain or Tenderness from Trigger Points
     If you have experienced recent physical trauma, like a car accident or fall, or have some other reason to suspect that you have fractured a spinal vertebrae, you obviously should go to the emergency room immediately. Barring fractures, if you are experiencing pain on your spine, trigger points are most likely the direct or indirect cause of your pain.
     Have you ever wondered why Chiropractic or Osteopathic treatments only seem to help for a short time period ? The reason is that "spinal misalignments" are problems that are created by trigger points in the small, intrinsic muscles of the spine. When you get a Chiropractic or Osteopathic adjustment, it restores the proper functioning of the spinal joints, but does nothing to address the cause of the problem. So twenty minutes after your treatment, the trigger points in the small spinal muscles recreate the spinal misalignment all over again, and your pain returns.
      To effectively address spinal pain, you must locate and release the trigger points in the small spinal muscles. The trigger points create tension in these muscles, which in turn causes the spinal facet (the joints that connect each vertebrae) joints to not open and close properly.

The Muscles and Trigger Points that Cause Spinal Pain
       There is only one muscle group that can contain trigger points that refer pain to the spine, the Multifidi muscle group.
     The Multifidi muscle group is composed of many small muscles located deep within the back, next to the spine. Each muscle connects a spinal vertebrae to a vertebrae a couple segments below it. This muscle group functions to adjust the positioning of each vertebrae in relation to other vertebrae. This helps to stabilize the spinal column, and allows the larger muscle groups to flex and rotate the spine more efficiently. Trigger points in these small muscles refer pain and tenderness to the spine. They also cause the Multifidi muscles to become tense. This tension puts stress on the joints that connect each vertebrae together, causing regions of the spine to become stiff and "locked" in place. Pain from these trigger points can occur anywhere in the spine, from the neck to the tailbone.
Important: The following content is provided for information purposes only. A proper diagnosis of any condition requires a physical examination by a licensed doctor.
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