In my experience, healing back pain is multi-faceted, life-changing work. On the purely physical plane, though, there are specific steps that led to freedom from pain—aka freedom for more laughter, joy, and ease in the world.
I understand how hard it can be to demystify back pain, and how discouraging it is when it’s always there. In most cases IT IS POSSIBLE to stop being victimized by pain. You can become your own healer and guardian of your sacred wellbeing. Here’s what worked for me:
1. BUILD AWARENESS
Without awareness, it’s impossible to change. Though it’s often hard to pinpoint the precise cause of back pain, we can develop an idea. A doctor can diagnose scoliosis, herniation, arthritis, or other structural issues. A special yoga for backcare teacher can assess movement patterns and everyday habits that might cause pain or make it worse. With that information, we can move toward healing.
2. MELT OLD PATTERNS
To encourage bones into a new position, we must melt the musculature away from hardened patterns that encourage pain. In yoga, we use a number of decompression techniques for this, but it might include other things too, like eliminating forms of exercise that actually strengthen unhealthy patterns. We can also release the nervous system from its relationship with pain and explore other helpful modalities like bodywork and acupuncture.
3. CREATE NEW PATTERNS
Though we’ve committed to melting away harmful patterns, we must also build NEW ONES to replace them. Don’t worry, it’s actually fun! This is why bodywork alone often won’t solve back pain. We must release over-active, unhealthy muscular activity and also ACTIVATE underworking, unconscious muscles. Alignment yoga is a great start.
4. FACILITATE A NEW WAY OF BEING
To strengthen the release and repatterning and make it last, we change our relationship to everyday life—the way we sit, hold kids, sleep, read, pick things up, watch movies, exercise. All of it affects back health! As we change habits and experience life without pain, learning a healthier way of being, we wonder how we ever lived differently in the first place. 💜
What do you think?