Once you have back pain, it can be hard to shake, not to mention the negative impact on your mood, relationships, work attitude or the missed opportunity to play with your children or pets. About one in four Americans say they've had a recent bout of back pain and almost everyone can expect to experience back pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes it's clearly serious: You were injured, or you feel numbness, weakness, or tingling in the legs. In these cases, call the doctor, of course! But for routine and mild back pain, Laure Redmond, self-esteem coach, shared some tips that can be helpful.
- Watch your Posture and your Weight Slumping makes it harder for your back to support your weight. Be especially careful of your posture when lifting heavy objects. Never bend over from the waist. Instead, bend and straighten from the knees. Use diet and exercise to keep your weight within a healthy range for your height. Being overweight puts excess stress on your spine, which causes slumping.
- Deal, Don't Deny Conflicts constantly rage in the unconscious mind, born of the various elements that represent the human psyche. These conflicts result in the development of emotions that cannot be easily tolerated so they are typically repressed. The mind will mask emotional turmoil or these undesirable feelings to prevent them from coming to consciousness, which inevitably causes physical pain, hence the inseparable mind/body connection. Merely acknowledging that a symptom may be emotional in origin is enough to stop it.
- Give Special Attention to Under-Used Muscles Figure out which muscles in your body are dormant and wake them up. Triceps, Hamstrings, Lower Abdominals these are typically the weaker muscles, figure out where your body needs to be awakened so your muscular system can come into better balance with greater support and alignment for your spine.
- Mentally Link "Back Health" to Your Established Daily Rituals and Routines From the second you get out of bed in the morning pay mindful attention to your body dynamics and your negative mental triggers. Pay attention to how you get in and out of the car, the chair, the bus, and the shower and how you do or DON'T communicate your truthful feelings. When it's time to go to sleep at the end of the day, mentally relax your thoughts and place a pillow under your knees.
- Don't Try to Change Someone When you try to change someone into an idea of what you want them to be you are in a relationship with your projection of someone else. Don't fool yourself into thinking that to change someone will make you happy, it will actually have the opposite effect, making you angry, which tightens the back muscles. Instead, change in yourself the things you think the other person should change.
- Respect the Energy of Your Anatomy Chronic back pain is energetically associated with blame and guilt. Forgiveness of others and ourselves releases us from the past. Forgiveness dissolves resentment, which eventually dissipates guilt and blame. Allow yourself ample time to reconcile your feelings. This can make big changes feel less extreme.
For more information on mind-body health, visit Laure's blog.