When you took anatomy and physiology in high school, it’s doubtful that your teacher made any connection between two body parts that are seemingly unrelated – your back and your feet. Lacking this understanding of their interconnectedness, it’s easy to see why most of us don’t realize that chronic back pain can be caused by a problem in your feet.
Just as each part of your body is being affected by (and in turn affecting) every other part, the position of your feet affects the position of your pelvis, which in turn affects the position your spine. So if your foot rotates into an abnormal pronated position (i.e., forward inward and downward) this can result in an unleveling of the pelvis, which in turn, can result in increased scoliotic (side to side) and kyphotic (front to back) curvatures in the spine, which can result in chronic back pain.
Various Viewpoints On How A Problem In Your Feet Can Lead To Chronic Back Pain
Exactly how does this foot to back connection work? Different specialists see this connection in different ways, depending on their training.
Posturologists (specializing in postural mechanics) talk about how the position of one body part can determine how another body part functions. For example, they say that it is not uncommon that when the foot is in an abnormal position, the spine will function in an altered position and this will result in pain.
A traditional chiropractor will tell you that when the foot is unlevel, the pelvis will unlevel, which increases the spinal curvatures. This leads to vertebral subluxations (out of the correct position) and will not only result in back pain, but also pain in many other areas of your body.
Acupuncturists will tell you that the body is connected through meridians, many of which begin and end in the feet and one of which travels to the spine. If the spinal meridian is inadvertently activated in an abnormal fashion, you will end up with back pain.
Reflexologists talk in similar terms as acupuncturists. But instead of meridians, they refer to specific areas on the feet, which are directly linked to different parts of the body. By activating (massaging) specific areas on the foot, they make changes in the body part specifically linked to that area. (e.g., relieving back pain by massaging the inside bottom of the feet).
So you can see that different healthcare providers (each having their own unique point of view) all in one singular voice expound on how the body is interconnected and more specifically how the foot (when functioning in an abnormal way) can lead to back pain.
From my discoveries and clinical experience, I have found that two inherited abnormal foot structures – the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity – are a common cause of chronic back pain.
The bottoms of all feet have ‘touch’ type receptors on the bottoms. When these receptors are stimulated through standing or walking, a signal is sent to your brain. Your brain responds by automatically adjusting your posture.
When the feet are structurally abnormal, an abnormal signal is sent from your feet to your brain. Your brain automatically adjusts your spine into a distorted position. And that’s how a problem in your feet can cause chronic back pain.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/ Dr.Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with Professor/Dr. Rothbart might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read:
Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain