by Megan Amal
Our lower back carries the most load with the least support. We often don’t pay much attention to the lower back, or the body more generally, until there is pain. It is not uncommon to have lower back pain. Understanding the structures of the lower back will increase your ability to care for your pain because you can be more specific about recovery and prevention. Taking time to visualize your lower back will bring more awareness to the area that can help heal and prevent pain. This month we will briefly describe the anatomy of the lower back, common causes for pain, and tips for free, easy, at home, pain relief. The work of sensing and moving the lower back should also be done when you are not experiencing pain. This will give you the tools to prevent this pain in the future and care for it more swiftly if it does return.
*this is no substitute for professional medical intervention. This information is meant as guide to help increase awareness about general lower back pain from daily activities or mild strains*
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
For more on why this type of work and information matters please read Defining Radical Embodiment.
In Love and Solidarity,
Be honest to yourself about what you want: out of life, to eat, to feel, to do in this world. Honor whatever it is, without judgment. Give yourself whatever it is you need. This is a process that takes time. It is the process of getting to know yourself, getting to know your body – without judgments or assumptions – learning to let all the parts of you be what they are.
Face them, hear them, know them, and find peace in letting them be.
Many of us work against ourselves – denying us pleasure, fulfillment, and fullness. This is no way to find peace. We are working for peace within our bodies and ourselves to reconnect us to our power center. We are learning how to listen to ourselves and honor our needs and desires.
Be kind, be gentle, be love, be open.
Enjoy your body.