When a person gets older one of the greatest storage places for emotional trauma and structural blockages is the back. If you press on the muscles about a half-inch on either side of the spinal vertebrae you can feel the hardness and stiffness of the muscles running down the back from the neck to the sacrum near the base of the spinal column. Feel the long hard strands of atrophied muscle and connective tissue. When you breathe, this tissue limits the natural expansion that needs to take place with the breath. The back lets us know through acute pain that this imbalance has gone too far.
The Spinal Column
The spine has the largest collection of joints of any specific boney structure in the body and yet it is strongly anchored in the dorsal area by the ribs and thus has very specific and limited movements defined by the attaching structures.
When there is back pain it is the bodywork on associated muscle groups such as the hamstrings, the abdominal muscles or the gluteal muscles that can affect pain reduction and freedom of movement, however, there are a number of approaches directly related to the spine that may bring relief.
Disc Problems & Causes
Pressure on any of the spinal nerve roots can produce pain, which may radiate along the nerve and be felt in another part of the body. Pressure can occur for various reasons one of the most common being a herniated vertebral disc, sometimes incorrectly called a “slipped disc”. It is frequently due to faulty lifting procedures. Lifting involves bending the hips and knees and a straight back which is essential to any stooping and lifting movement. Bending from the waist puts great stress in the area of the L-4 and -5 (Lumbar vertebrae) and Sacral areas. There are many muscles directly involved with the movement of the lower back region especially the abdominal muscles. If extreme pressure from heavy lifting is placed on the discs it may cause them to rupture. The lower back muscles are small and are mainly used in maintaining good posture. It is the strong hip and thigh muscles that should be used for all heavy lifting work. It is also in the pulling and pushing movements that the strong muscles of the legs supplement the action of the arms and lean the body in the direction of the object to be moved. Whenever possible, try to pull or push squarely in the direction in which the object is expected to move.
Sometimes “Trigger points” are the source a source of referred pain in the lower back pain. Other causes include neural or energetic blockages elsewhere in the body. Occasionally referred pain from the spine may also cause pain or reflex to points in the spine. This pain is of a less severe nature and may be relieved by various treatments to the body parts involved including gentle bodywork to the point itself.
If a back muscle (this applies to all muscles in body) is very painful or knotted, do not work directly on it. Rather it is more effective to press a point above and another point below (running diagonally) across the pained area.
In pained backs place the left palm directly on the pained area. Place the right hand directly on the opposite side of the spine. This is only for temporary relief. Press on main circuits (the nearest point above and below the pained area)
Note: When pressing points to relieve back pain begin with gentle pressure around the center of the pain. Slowly work outward to the surrounding muscles and increase the pressure as you do so.
Polarity Similar For Lower Back Problems
Lower Back Specifics:
1) Ischium to mastoid part of temporal bone
2) Pubic Bone to Parietal bones
3) Symphasis Pubis to jaw
4) Sacrum to Occiput
5) Coccyx to Sphenoid
Technique for Relieving Back Pain
1) Layperson on stomach
2) Locate the part of the back that is symmetrically higher
3) On the higher side place ten fingers (right hand below/left hand above and point the fingers towards the feet.
This technique is called draining the pain since by pointing the fingers in this direction you are freeing up blocked energy
Signs of imbalance in the back:
- Walking on the outer or inner edge of the foot.
- Back pain.
- Tightness in chest.
- Hunched or rolled shoulders.
- Abdominal Pain.
- Abnormal lateral curvature (scoliosis), posterior curvature in the upper back (kyphosis) and or lower back (lordosis).
- Tight leg or hamstring muscles.
- A stiff neck or a neck that is tilted to one side.
A SPECIAL NOTE ON BACK PROBLEMS
- Take care of your back. Carefully reach and bend to pick up heavy objects.
- Watch your posture when you are sitting, making sure your back and spine are supported. Be aware of your posture, whether you are standing or sitting.
- Use Epsom salt baths, cool to lukewarm packs, or grated fresh ginger compresses on the area of discomfort.
- Rest but not excessively. This can cause atrophy of the muscles in the abdomen and lower back. Excessive rest can also lead to osteoporosis and further muscle spasms.
- Use alternating hot and cold spray showers daily on areas of tension and pain.
Note: Occasionally the imbalance in the back may be so great that a back brace or orthopedic corset may be required to give adequate support to the lower thoracic and lumbar spine as well as to the abdominal muscles. This should be determined by a health professional trained in making such evaluations.
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