Why is there pain in my Lower Back?

Vertebrae and joints
We are an interconnected being. Your organs attach to the spine and the motor neurons cell body is located in the spine.

Why do I get Back Pain / Sciatica?

Some of the muscles controlling the functions of the pelvis are the Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Minimus, Piriformis and Tensor Fascia Lata. When any of the muscles tighten the pelvis will  rotate. This may cause your pain.

A few of the nerves within the pelvis region are the Sciatic nerve, Inferior/superior Gluteal nerve and Pudendal nerve. When the nerves get trapped in the body they send a shooting sensation.

The nervous system connects the brain, spine and organs altogether. If the organs are depleted of energy (food, water, qi etc) it will reflect in the spine.

What exercises will help my lower back pain / sciatica?

All the exercises listed below have variations, please ask if you require assistance.

Lie on your back, bend the knees and place the balls of the feet on the floor,
shoulder width distance apart. Place your right ankle on top of left knee and take your right hand in between both legs and wrap your hands behind your left thigh. Draw the left thigh into the chest. Hold for 8 breaths and change sides.

Stretch for the hip and buttock area
Gently stretch for 2-5 minutes, breathing fully and allow the rest of the body to relax.

Ancient Squat:

Place your feet shoulder width distance apart and slowly, pushing your bottom away and keeping your heels down, lower your pelvis towards the floor.
Ensure your back is straight and the chest is open. Hold for 8 breaths. If you cannot keep the heels on the floor please ask Sarah for a variation.

Realign the pelvis and stretch the leg muscles.
If you need assistance getting your bottom towards the floor without lifting your toes roll up a mat, place it under your heels and perform the stretch again.

Shoulder Stand:

Lie on your back, bend at the knee and place the balls of the feet on the floor, shoulder width distance apart. Slowly lift your pelvis off the floor so that you knee, pelvis, chest and shoulders are in one straight line. Hold for 8 breaths.

Exercise to strengthen lower back and core muscles.
Ensure that your pelvis and knees are in alignment. Do not allow your knees to cave in or splay outwards.

Active Balance accepts no liability for any injury caused whilst performing these exercises.

Self-help:
Drink lots of water. Eat nutritious food. Get plenty of rest. Exercise at least 3 times a week. Ask a professional about Herbal Medicine. Avoid stress.

What is Sacroiliac Strain?

Sacroiliac Strain is where the pelvis twists, with either the left or the right side dropping and the other side fixating to counteract the movement. If one of the nerves gets trapped it may feel like sciatica.

Active Balance will always make sure that your head, pelvis and feet are in alignment before your treatment is complete. By taking on board the advice that is given, relevant to your physical and internal condition, this will prevent the imbalance from returning. Please bear in mind the longer you have had the condition the longer it is to fix, so book
yourself an appointment sooner rather than later. It will not go away on its own, unless you do something to change it.

 

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