Upfront I Am Not A Doctor Or Chiropractor, I Can’t Give You Medical Advice. I Can Tell You What I Do When My Back Goes Into Spasm And How I Avoid It
Why Does My Back Hurt?
I’ve had pain in my lower back since I was in my 20’s, long before I had a weight problem. I remember the exact moment when it all happened. I was helping a friend move furniture and I got caught in a bad position with a very heavy convertible sofa and wrenched my back. I had an immediate shooting pain, but I was kidded by my friends that I was just faking and trying to get out of work. I wasn’t faking.
I got through the night and out of bed the next day. I was in pain, but I kept moving, I had to get to work. I almost made it to the train, when I took a step and this lightning bolt of pain went down my spine and down my left leg. It was intense and it hurt worse when I tried to move. So I was frozen there like a statue. In pain, but afraid to move and make the pain worse. People walked by, I guess not knowing what to make of me. Then a friend walked by and said, “What are you playing statue?” I said, “No, I can’t walk!” He knew I wasn’t kidding and he said, “C’mon we gotta get you home.” We got as far as a chiropractor on my block, and the first of many adjustments over the years.
It turns out I had Bilateral Sciatica, which means I can get shooting pains down both legs. I’ve heard good and bad things about chiropractic, what I know is that I always felt better after an adjustment than when I went in. The other thing is it’s going to get expensive.
Over the years you learn how to deal with your pain. I don’t mask it with painkillers. I prefer to take preventive measures by daily stretching. I still get occasional lower back spasm, from a slip on the ice to sleeping funny. But, I’m not laid up for days and I haven’t seen a chiropractor in probably 20 years.
The Main Causes Of Lower Back Pain
If you’re still asking, “Why does my back hurt?” I’ve found the three main causes of Lower Back Pain are Injuries, Weight and Stress. I’ve had all three and learned how to avoid (as much as possible) all three.
Avoid Lower Back Injuries by learning to lift with your legs not in compromised position. I know that I can feel it when a disc slips out of alignment and a nerve gets pinched and the spasm starts. “Doctor it hurts when I do this!” “Don’t do that”. Henny Youngman
As a preventative measure keep your lower back loose and flexible by doing the Daily Dozen, the first thing when you get out of bed. It’s a series of simple movements to get your neck, shoulders, waist, hips, and lower back moving. Get the blood flowing.
I’ve taken Yoga exercises and they’re great not only for improving flexibility, but learning how to relieve Stress. If you have regular lower back pain you owe it to yourself to take a few classes. It’s well worth your time.
Being overweight, slows you down, makes you less likely move and often contributes to depression. No wonder people that are overweight suffer so much with lower back pain. In addition to that the bigger your stomach gets the more stress it adds on the lower back. It’s all interrelated; Weight, Exercise, Smoking, Lower Back Pain = Your Health and Wellbeing
Your Attitude + Your Choices = Your Life
Can Stress Cause Back Pain?
Stress Comes From The Inside Out And Not The Outside In. Stress, is a killer. Not only does it tense up the whole body, but ruins your life. I’m not going to tell you that there’s no stress in my life, but I don’t suffer from it like some people I know. My wife says I have a clear head. She’s right, I don’t worry about things I can’t control or things that may or may not happen. I just do the best I can at any given moment. The other reason I don’t worry is that my wife worries about everything, there’s no need for both of us to worry about the same thing. I’ve delegated that job.
You have to develope your own Stress Relieving Techniques, but here’s what I suggest. Once again consider some yoga classes, but what you can do for yourself right now is breath.
Deep slow breaths are the best way to help you relieve stress and lower back pain. Hey, you’re going to breath any way, just slow it down and focus on your breathing. Give yourself a couple of minutes of silence or better yet some music designed to relax. Close your eyes and put yourself in a nice place. If you’ve never tried it, you should, it works. What doesn’t work is sucking in smoke while doing your deep breathing exercises, (hint Nicotine is a stimulant it can’t calm you down).
Out With The Bad Air and In With The Good
Where do you start? You start by breathing and making a decision to change the things that are not working for you. Take a slow deep breath in through the nose, feel the air filling your lungs and expanding your chest, hold for a second and then slowly blow the air out of your mouth, completely empty your lungs, lower your head and neck, collapse your chest into your stomach and squeeze out the last of the air in your lungs… that’s it… lather, rinse, repeat. How long should you do this? As long as it feels good and then several times a day when you feel the least bit of stress.
The Daily Dozen: The Maxwell S7C Daily Dozen
Lower Back Pain Relieving Exercises:
How To Work Through a Spasm:
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