It may seem counterintuitive–at first. But if you’re suffering from low back pain, your feet may be to blame.
The research is compelling: “bad” feet are linked to bad backs. And fixing bad feet–even if they don’t hurt–can make a huge difference in the treatment of low back pain.
Consider this. Your feet are critical to your body structure. They support your entire weight; they balance and propel you; they adapt to and absorb walking stresses. If your feet are problematic–and that’s the case for 3 out of 4 adults, research tells us–they can’t do their job(s) correctly. That means some of the stress and shock that should have been absorbed by the feet travels up the legs, through the spine, impacting everything above (even headaches have been tied to foot problems–that’s right, headaches!). It also means your body may be thrown off-balance, even if that’s imperceptible to the naked eye. Step after step, day after day–symptoms worsen as these problems are reinforced.
Is it any wonder that a major study conducted in 2013 concluded that women with flat feet are 50 percent more likely than those with normal feet to suffer from low back pain?
The health of your body’s foundation matters. In fact, it’s critical. Just like a building, if the body’s foundation is problematic, eventually, inevitably, problems will appear throughout the entire structure.
If you experience low back pain, have your Chiropractor examine your feet. Correcting problems down below can do wonders for low back pain–indeed, for your quality of life–and custom orthotics are research-proven to do just that.