Does back pain rule your life?
Have tried all the remedies, only to have your back pain resurface?
You may be lost in the Bermuda Triangle of Back Pain, but never fear: follow these 3-steps and you’re out!
By the way, you’re not alone; over 80% of adults suffer from back pain at some stage. Almost 90% suffer recurring back pain. Without solving it, these same people will live older years in chronic back pain misery.
It sounds frightening but rest assured: your back pain is easily solved, with the 3-step Back Support Pyramid.
The Back Support Pyramid is not a product, a system or package; it is a three-sided healing approach that starts by understanding how back pain arises and then understanding the need to address all three ways.
Ready to reduce your back pain with the Back Support Pyramid?
SIDE 1: Structural Support for Your Back
The structural causes of back pain are tight muscles, weak muscles and joint imbalance. If you correct these, you correct structural causes of back pain.
Alas, cures are not structural alone. Your back pain will most likely come back if you don’t also solve the other two sides of this three-sided back pain solution.
By the way – recent research has shown that the trauma caused by lifting an object, or doing a normal daily activity (the most common excuse for back pain), is not sufficient to create back pain.
This means the physical trauma that you thought caused your back to pinch … didn’t! It came from tension, from structural misalignment, from all three sides of the back pain triangle. And you need to address all of the causes.
SIDE 2: Look To Your Health
Your general health affects your back. If you are tired, have bowel complaints (minor or major), hormonal imbalances, immune problems or are just generally not 100% healthy, back pain is more likely.
How does that work?
If you suffer from constipation, diarrhea, gas and wind, bloating, there is extra pressure on your lower back. This can set your lower back in a state of tension where when you lift, when you walk, even when you sit – so your back does not have the strength to support you. Then, seemingly suddenly, you pull your back after lifting an object you have lifted a hundred times before.
If you are tired, your muscles tire. That means emotional exhaustion as well as the tiredness of physical illness. Notice how when you have a flu/cold your muscles feel sore. My lower back is excruciatingly painful when I have a fever.
Take care of your general health and your back will benefit.
SIDE 3: How are you Feeling on the Inside?
Your emotional health – and not just the extremes of depression or euphoria – all affect your back.
If you are stressed, anxious, worried or generally not at ease, the back muscles tighten. The saying that “stress rides between your shoulders” is very accurate. Stress also takes up residence in your back.
When your mind is overactive, when you are not coping too well, muscles in your upper back contract and cause pain. If someone squeezes your shoulders after a busy day, they can feel those hard rocks.
But notice that to you, a hug can feel wonderful; it can be a chance to get the emotional support you need to finally relax and let those tight muscles melt.
The emotional affects the structural.
Stress is sometimes a deadly addition to one of the other areas affecting your back. If you are hunched over a desk, working on a project with a crushing deadline (notice the word deadline…it doesn’t even sound good), you get a double whammy of stress and structural damage to your back. And you might even be more susceptible to that stomach flu going around the office.
How to alleviate back pain by addressing the physical, general and emotional causes to your back pain? There is a system that addresses mind, body and spirit all at once: yoga.
The word “yoga” itself means “unity.”
The Science of Yoga Applied to Back Pain
In many hot yoga poses, I will tell you to “pull your shoulders down from your ears,” or to lift from your breastbone lightly, or tip your elbows into imaginary back pockets. These movements encourage those back muscles to let go.
In savasana, I will encourage you to melt into the floor, to allow the floor to rise up to meet your body, to let go of your worries if only for these short minutes in the yoga room.
I also give you permission to take a pose off by simply lying down, to imagine yourself in the pose as you breathe deeply – this is just as beneficial as doing the pose!
These are all wonderful practices for of letting down the tension that is causing your back to seize up.
And when you finally get up after final Savasana, the relaxation pose, take these lessons out of the yoga room and back into your life: your back can support you in the ways it was meant, to carry you through a pain-free life of living your full potential for health and happiness. All you have to do is support yourself by giving yourself the time and the permission to relax, breathe, enjoy. Yoga is your time for you.
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