Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Clinical Review

Low back pain

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7448.1119 (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1119

Rapid Response:

Standing on Two feet

It is not widely known, even among Chiropractors that about 70
percent of the population does not stand on two feet. Next time you go
into a bank take a look at how most people are standing. They are shifting
their weight to one side. This throws the hips out which makes one leg
longer than the other and this of course puts pressures on the spine,
sacrem and neck. This is the primary PHYSICAL cause of lower back
problems. Of course there are emotional causes but when one throws one's
balance out gravity becomes one's enemy. It is my experience that most
doctors don't want to deal with such things because then they have to deal
with a person's resistance to change and thats not easy at all. But ones
resistance to change is at the heart of many disorders...so its the
doctors job....To ignore this factor in back problems is to ignore basic
medicical essentials.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 June 2004
Mark A. Sircus O.M.D.
Director of IMVA
Brazil