7 Steps Toward Eliminating Back Pain
Follow these 7 steps and very likely your back pain will vanish. In all probability you will gain new abilities to:
- stand pain free for longer periods of time
- sit pain free for longer periods of time
- reduce your need for pain medication
- engage in more pain free physical activities you now avoid
- enjoy more frequent lovemaking
- experience deeper uninterrupted sleep
I have been exploring non invasive techniques to reduce and eliminate chronic severe back pain ever since I was in a car accident on Maui in early 2004. These 7 steps are the best solutions I’ve discovered to address the many causes of debilitating back pain.
Eat A High Raw Whole Foods Diet
Give yourself the opportunity to see if your back pain is the result of intestinal blockages, gas and/or constipation. With your permission sign up for my newsletter and receive my free eBook as a thank you. My eBook outlines a safe, sensible and comprehensive high raw whole foods cleanse.
I would like you to discover something worthwhile in my eBook to clean up, tune up or fine tune your current diet. I wonder if you’ve ever noticed how sometimes your back pain moves from right to left and is relieved briefly with a bowel movement.
Do this. Two hours after eating a meal, lie down on your back in bed and with your fingers gently press on your belly. Work around your belly button and entire abdominal area noticing any hard or painful areas.
I have felt referral pain in my back and chest from painful intestinal blockages, gas and/or constipation. Very often the intestinal pain is directly in line with the pain in my back. You can gently massage around the painful areas and often feel the connection between the pain in your guts and the pain in your back.
If you’re eating a predominantly cooked diet with meat, eggs and dairy as well as refined and processed foods, you are ingesting very little fiber and water rich raw vegetables. Slow digestion from lack of fiber and water slows elimination causing pain in your guts and often in your lower back too.
Eat An Anti-Inflammatory Diet
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Maintain Cellular Hydration
When I was being treated by my chiropractor on Maui for head, neck and back injuries sustained in my car accident, he told me that it was crucial that I stay hydrated to reduce and prevent severe back pain.
He went on to explain to me that the discs in our backs are like little water filled sponges that are puffy and soft, kind of like a nice fat padded cushion between our vertebrae acting as shock absorbers. When our bodies need water the discs are the first place to be tapped for water which causes them to go flat. They no longer cushion the vertebrae and without the water filled discs as protection we experience back pain.
I’m not sure if his statement is accurate. I do know staying hydrated alleviates my back pain. Maybe it will surprise you to notice that a diet low in magnesium and other macro minerals is an underlying cause of dehydration even if you are drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day. And you can be pleased to know that Magnesium is known to relax muscles.
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Research has shown that painful back muscles in spasm are starving for oxygen. Here’s a few ways to increase circulation and feed those oxygen starved muscles to eliminate back pain:
- exercise: walk on uneven surfaces, hula dance and sun salutation for twisting and stretching. Only attempt when muscles are warm to avoid cramping
- massage: give yourself a treat
- hot showers, hot tub and saunas: more relaxing treats
- inversion table or back swing with review: best time to use is when muscles are warm to avoid cramping
You do all your healing and recovery when you sleep. If you’re waking up tired in need of a stimulant to get you going, you really require more sleep combined with healthy and good nutrition. And it’s very rewarding to know it’s worthwhile for you to sign up and receive your own free eBook which will help you clean up, tune up or fine tune your current diet.
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You may have heard an angry person describe the person they are angry with as “a pain in the ass.” This literal language often translates into real pain in the ass, back and shoulders . Back pain is considered an epidemic in our culture. Can you notice a connection between your emotions and your back pain?
And you can wonder whether you are repressing anger when you have a pain in your back, shoulders and butt. Next time you notice pain and discomfort in your back, ask yourself if you are angry or anxious about anyone or any situation you find yourself in. Refrain from answering your own question and just observe your thoughts and feelings.
Often the answer will just pop into your conscious mind from your unconscious mind as a picture, feeling or voice. Perhaps beginning to notice the connection between your thoughts and emotions while observing your back pain allows you to address the repressed anger which resolves your back pain immediately or soon there after.
I’ve made a deal with my unconscious mind that if I am ignoring repressed anger or anxiety that it can notify me via back pain and I will stop and take notice immediately. Works wonders for me. If you’re anything like me it will work for you too.
The reason I made this deal with my unconscious mind is because I know it will find a way to let me know when I am repressing anger and anxiety. I want to make sure it’s somewhere I will notice and take action.
By addressing the repressed anger and anxiety when I have back pain I am preventing the pain from moving and hiding in another place I might be less aware of resulting in much more of a problem for me than back pain. There is speculation that many of the chronic disease we have in our society have roots in repressed negative emotions.
All that’s really important is for you to stop and immediately deal with any repressed anger and anxiety when your attention is drawn to back pain. And you can be pleased that when you ignore the physical pain and focus on the internal emotions your back pain subsides.
At first it might take some time to reduce or eliminate your back pain but later your back pain will disappear immediately as soon as you focus on your emotions. This little gem has helped me reduce a significant amount of back pain.
OK, everyone slouches, twists, bends, pushes and pulls in a variety of seemingly contorted ways. Our body can and will do all sorts of crazy positions. The really important thing is just to be fully aware of your posture and how you feel.
For example, when I sit down to write I immerse myself into the flow and am only aware of what I want to write about. First, I assume the most excellent posture that is comfortable and I will maintain tension free. I breathe deeply and disappear into my writing.
When I finish a sentence or an idea I check in with myself and notice how I feel and how my body has changed its position from what I originally intended when I began writing. I SLOWLY and I mean SLOWLY, and then slow it down even further, as you adjust yourself into your most excellent posture that is comfortable for you.
I emphasize SLOWLY because this is the key to eliminating back pain with this step. If instead of moving SLOWLY once you realize you need to correct your posture, you quickly snap yourself into your new position like you’re some Marine recruit and your Marine Lifer Superior Officer just walked in the door catching you snoozing on the job, you risk the possibility of injuring yourself further.
And I think you’re going to enjoy being surprised that practicing these simple 7 steps will move you toward eliminating back pain.
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