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Low Back Pain

The majority of my clients will at some point come in with Low Back Pain, either acute or chronic.
Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the person incapacitated. Pain can begin abruptly as a result of an accident or by lifting something heavy, or it can develop over time due to age-related changes of the spine. Sedentary lifestyles also can set the stage for low back pain, especially when a weekday routine of getting too little exercise is punctuated by strenuous weekend workout, "Weekend Warrior Syndrome".

What causes low back pain?

*Sprains and strains account for most acute back pain. Sprains are caused by overstretching or tearing ligaments, and strains are tears in tendon or muscle. Both can occur from twisting or lifting something improperly, lifting something too heavy, or overstretching. Such movements may also trigger spasms in back muscles, which can also be painful.

*Intervertebral disc degeneration is one of the most common mechanical causes of low back pain, and it occurs when the usually rubbery discs lose integrity as a normal process of aging. In a healthy back, intervertebral discs provide height and allow bending, flexion, and torsion of the lower back. As the discs deteriorate, they lose their cushioning ability.

*Herniated or ruptured discs can occur when the intervertebral discs become compressed and bulge outward (herniation) or rupture, causing low back pain.

*Sciatica, a form of radiculopathy is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that travels through the buttocks and extends down the back of the leg. This compression causes shock-like or burning low back pain combined with pain through the buttocks and down one leg, occasionally reaching the foot. In the most extreme cases, when the nerve is pinched between the disc and the adjacent bone, the symptoms may involve not only pain, but numbness and muscle weakness in the leg because of interrupted nerve signaling.

*Traumatic injury, such as from playing sports, car accidents, or a fall can injure tendons, ligaments or muscle resulting in low back pain. Traumatic injury may also cause the spine to become overly compressed, which in turn can cause an intervertebral disc to rupture or herniate, exerting pressure on any of the nerves rooted to the spinal cord. When spinal nerves become compressed and irritated, back pain and sciatica may result.

What to do?
In case of severe pain, do not hesitate to see your physician, chiropractor or other health care professional trained in properly diagnosing your symptoms and prescribing treatment.
I used to have a lot of low back pain (working and playing hard) and for me personally the following things have helped me turn a corner:
* Ice
- Lying on ice pack, legs elevated 15-20 minutes
* Exercises
- Core strengthening on gym ball
* Stretching
- Back and leg muscles
* Massage
- At least once a month
* Chiropractic
- Tune up every 4-6 weeks
* Shamanic
- To keep my Energy Field clear and my Chakras (Energy Centers) strong
* Personal Growth Work
- To live my Purpose

The Chakra associated with low back pain is the Root Chakra (Red). The Root Chakra is responsible for your sense of belonging, safety, and security in the world.  Its main concern is survival of the self. The health of our blood, immune system, bones, joints and spine is dependent on the emotions associated with this chakra. It envelops the body’s basic needs for safety, money, sexuality, boundaries and being grounded. People who have trouble with their first chakra may not have developed a strong identity and have not discovered their life purpose. They often operate from fear and feel the world is not a safe place. When energy is not flowing freely from this chakra it creates low back pain, intestinal and stomach issues.


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