Monday, August 6, 2012

How to Fix Your Lower Back

When people complain of lower back problems usually  several friends  swear by a certain treatment that totally fixed their lower back problems. So faithfully a person goes to each of these people and still remains suffering. I always tell people that you can have 20 people all complaining of lower back problems and each of them will be suffering for a different reason! I am going to list the main reasons for lower back problems of all sorts. This will allow you to observe your posture to better help you decide why your lower back is hurting and what you need to do about it.

Misaligned hips – The hips and pelvis can be misaligned for many reasons. The way we walk, stand, put more weight into one side, different sports that are one-sided like tennis, golf, squash, and any other racket ball sport, scoliosis, etc. When our pelvis and hips are misaligned this puts a constant strain on our lower backs. The sacrum and lumbar area will be constantly pulled and stressed due to this misalignment and with time the constant pull will cause compression of the vertebrae and can result in muscular spasms, herniated or bulging discs, and nerve involvement, such as sciatica.

Gravity and general slouching – Gravity has a strong pull on the body and if the body is not erect and upright it will slowly be pulled downward resulting in more compression in the lower back. As the vertebrae continue to compress downward, there is less and less inter-vertebral space and the discs begin to be compressed and slowly wear away or get inflamed and begin to bulge or herniate. Movement gets restricted, nerve roots stop firing, internal organs begin to drop and finally the lumbar area begins to fuse and restrict movement.

Dropping the front of the body forward -  In the aging process and due to hours of sitting and computer work people tend to drop the front of the body forward. The head, neck, ribcage and abdomen all drop down into the pelvis. This creates an imbalance between the front and back of the body, which places an enormous stress on the lower back. The back of the body has to work extra hard to hold the body upward placing way too much pressure on the lower back.

Leaning patterns – Many people always lean into one hip and drop their ribs down toward their hips on the same side. This creates an imbalance from side to side and can eventually put excessive pressure into the side of compression and begin to damage the lower back.

Old injuries of impact that were never addressed correctly at the time they occurred can later come back to haunt us.

There are many variations on all of these examples because of each of our histories. We are often a mix of many of these reasons. What is important to understand is what the most basic needs for all of these examples are. To keep the lower back healthy we all need:

1.      To align the pelvis and hips as well as possible.

2.      To create as much space between the pelvis and the rib cage so that all the vertebrae and discs can have adequate space to align correctly.

3.      The muscles in the front, back and sides between the pelvis and the ribs need to be equally long, strong and toned

4.      The upper body, front back and sides, needs to be uplifted and retrained to not collapse downward putting strain into the lower back.

5.      The abdominal muscles need to be trained to become long and strong and be able to connect to the lumbar spine.

Keeping the lower back healthy and/or recovering from lower back problems and preventing any more episodes can be very easily done through the practice of Yamuna Body Rolling. Once you begin to focus on fixing your back you might find that there are still pieces that are specific to your case that are still not answered. This is when the specific of your individual case need to be addressed. Feel free to ask any questions here in the forum or go to our website and look for a certified practitioner near you to help you.

Friday, August 3, 2012