What Does Pain in Part of Your Body Mean?

When it comes to your body, pain is an important warning signal that something is going on.  As we assist people with all sorts of different types of pain in our office from headaches, to fibromyalgia, migraines, upper back pain, neck pain, chronic lower back pain – you name it – we have seen some similar traits.  Call these common patterns, if you will.  Often times, when there is not an emergency issue to one’s problem –  serious infection, tumors, hemorrhaging, etc. then conservative approaches work quite well.

This is very true of pains in many different regions of the body.  Let’s examine a few as they relate to the spine and the classic cases we see in our office and discuss what we can find there.

Lower Back Pain Left Side

lower back pain left side

The lower left or right part of the back is a common area to feel a variety of pains.

In this area of your back, there are essentially muscles, tendons, bones and internal organs. Depending on the exact area in question, you could be in the area of the kidneys, descending colon, lower aspect of the diaphragm, the spleen, lower ribs or pelvic bone.

The muscles would be the lattissimus, obliques and paraspinal muscles. There are also important ‘interspinal’ muscles that are smaller in nature and have to do with postural support. They are innervated by aspects of the spinal nerves that also regulate other aspects of your physiology.

Then, you’ve got the joints of your spine and the spinal nerves. The joints can become stuck, locked, pinched and compressed leading to limited ranges of motion, pain and can cause your muscles to work ineffectively. Likewise, the spinal nerves exiting the spine can be compressed or impinged from these areas. This, in addition to any disc bulging can lead to a variety of ‘nerve pinching’ types of feelings. These could be burning, tingling, numbness and even muscle weakness at more critical stages of compression.

Right Lower Back Pain

As mentioned, the right side of your lower back is quite similar as the left. There are different aspects, organ-wise. These are the ascending colon and the liver. The pancreas also begins on this side, but is also more central. Also, the gall bladder is located ‘beneath’ the liver. Both of these often refer pain to the central abdomen or left shoulder.

In terms of the spinal muscles, it is common for them to have a rigid or tense feeling to them. They can even feel ‘ropey’ or like straps of steel that have become tight over months or years of stress being imposed on them. This stress often comes from various physical and emotional or mental stress and may be related to biochemical stressors as well.

This stress or tension is the way that your body protects itself or literally ‘walls off’ the offending stressor for release at another time when you are better able to cope with it. Often, unless you do something different in life or for your health, nothing changes with respect to this tension.

There is something you can do, something amazing! Since you’re on our site, you’ll know that Network Chiropractic has been shown to help people with a variety of aches, pains and other symptoms – even emotional stress, like anxiety – to adapt better and unwind the stress and tension.

This very gentle form of care helps your nervous system to better adapt to life, helping YOU feel less tension, more ease and a greater sense of well-being. If you’re looking for a chiropractor in Gilbert, then simply contact us and we’ll be happy to show you how we can help you, too.


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