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What are the causes and treatments of thoracolumbar fascia pain?

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According to Dr. Russell Schierling, thoracolumbar fascia pain is typically caused by injury, including injuries incurred playing sports, at work and through repetitive motion. Treatment for thoracolumbar fascia pain includes losing weight, controlling inflammation, strengthening the core, moving frequently and using good posture. Treatment of any spinal injuries is important, and spinal decompression can also help thoracolumbar fascia pain.

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Dynamic Chiropractic points out that various chiropractic techniques can also help mitigate thoracolumbar fascia pain, including manipulation, instrument-assisted soft-tissue work, laser therapy and ultrasound. Patients also need to develop increased body awareness before exercise, which can be facilitated through elastic therapeutic taping.

Dr. Schierling points out that weight loss is key to treating thoracolumbar fascia pain because of the pressure that extra weight, especially in the belly area, puts on the lower back. Excessive sitting also puts undue pressure on the lower back and the thoracolumbar fascia and should therefore be avoided.

About.com explains that the thoracolumbar fascia is the connective tissue of the lower back; it connects the lower and upper back's movements as the back muscles relax and contract. According to Dr. Schierling, injuries and the resulting scar tissue associated with the thoracolumbar fascia have the potential to cause pain in areas other than the lower back because the fascia is continuously interconnected with the cervical and skull fascia.

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