Day: December 31, 2019

Muscular Bracing Contributes to Back Pain

Our bodies are remarkable in their efforts to protect us, and one of the ways that it does this is through muscular bracing. Let me explain what I mean by this through a personal example, The Speed Bump. My back pain started after an auto accident back in 1988. I was a passenger in a car that was hit twice on the drivers’ side and reacted at the time by bracing my arms and legs against the car windows and floor. After that event, I was a pretty nervous passenger for quite some time. In the days, then years, after the accident, my brain told my body that it had to protect itself. During the accident this was an all-out stress response, but subsequently it was in more subtle ways. When I was a passenger, I would get nervous and my brain kept telling my muscles to brace for impact by tightening my back muscles. This showed up in other ways, as I continued to tell myself that there was some terrible damage and that …