Nutrient Testing For Low Back Pain Relief

“A simple in office technique for assessing nutrient deficiencies has produced dramatic results by identifying nutrients that provide lower back pain relief.”

Thirty-one million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. Maybe you know what it feels like when your lower back goes out. The pain ranges from mild to unbearable and for many people the pain is chronic.

How do muscles in the back work? The muscles come in pairs to stabilize the spine. If one of the pairs is weak, the other muscle often goes into spasm. The spasm is actually a good thing as it safeguards the spine by making sure overextension is not an option. The weak muscles can be strengthened or “turned on” with the use of a low potency B vitamin. By strengthening the weak muscle, the opposing muscle will “turn off.” In other words, the spasm will stop.

One way to evaluate whether you have nutrient deficiencies is to do a series of “flexibility” or “range of motion” tests. Dr. Godo may have you taste a low potency phosphoralated B complex like Bio-B 100 and retest your range of motion. Each tablet of Bio-B 100 supplies 1/3 of the RDA so we are really talking about a low dose.

Tasting the nutrient causes a neurological response and temporarily will signal the muscle to strengthen when a deficiency exists. When the muscle strengthens, the corresponding muscle in spasm relaxes and allows for a greater range of motion.

For some people, supplementing a low dose of B vitamins has produced dramatic results. Remember B vitamins are depleted with stress and excess carbohydrate ingestion. Know anybody that is under stress and consumes excess carbohydrates? This strategy has been a real godsend to me personally, in the past. Chiropractic adjustments help considerably, but if I get stressed out and don’t take care of myself as I should, my low back gets tender. But when I use Bio-B 100 my tender back pain is relieved.

Now of course we can use chondro-protective agents like glucosamine or chondroitin sulfates to feed the joints and connective tissue; but remember, those agents are more for joint repair. However here, we are focusing on the muscles.

There is another class of nutrients which also affects a different set of muscles regarding back pain. Dr. George Goodheart in the late 60’s and early 70’s found that vitamin E and to a lesser degree probiotics can sometimes have a profound effect on lower body muscles and hips that support the low back. He went a step further and found that sometimes the body wants a low dose vitamin E and sometimes a higher dose.

How do we know which supplement to use? That’s where the range of motion test comes into play. Dr. Godo will measure your range of motion, noting the muscles with greatest limitation. During the test, you will taste different types of vitamin E or B Complex or other supplements to determine which one increases your flexibility and range of motion. When nutrients are tasted we activate sensory receptors which feed into the brain and cause a feed back into the spinal cord and ultimately the muscle responds. There is literally a neurological response to taste.

Generally Dr. Godo has you schedule a separate session to do this type of testing. It takes time to do the range of motion tests and then to taste the different nutrients and retest.

A colleague, Dr. Walter Schmidt was teaching a class in Florida on this very subject. One of the chiropractors attending had a husband with severe back pain. Regardless of the number of times she adjusted him, he was in constant pain and had been for several years. Once she learned about the range of motion “nutrient testing,” she tested him in the hotel room and found what worked for him. He came up to Dr. Schmidt later the next day bending and twisting like a teenager, but here’s the good part… no pain.

I can’t promise everyone will get such dramatic results; but if you have low back pain, schedule a “range of motion” test with Dr. Godo. Discovering which nutrient deficiency is linked to your back pain could be the answer for you.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC