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I Need Some Help With My Lower Back

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Namaste Candace and YBC Community!!!

 

I am experiencing a pesky pain on my lower back. I don't want to take medicines such as Advil because I will not get any results. I don't know what to do to deal with it. Any suggestions?  :43:

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Hi Araujo,

I am not a doctor by any means, but when I had some lower back pain (muscle tightness) a couple years ago, it was because I had let my abs get weak. I also wasn't stretching enough and my hip flexors & hamstring were really tight. 

I started doing abs every other day and started some basic stretching and yoga to relieve tightness. After a month or two I really started to notice a difference. The biggest thing was doing abs on a consistent basis. It is the most important muscle in the body (in my opinion) because it's the center of your core and it's holding everything in place. When your core strengthens and has good muscle tone, it will naturally help support your lower back and spine. I think it is the root cause of most peoples back problems, (again, in my opinion).

It is not a quick fix and takes time and discipline. But anyone desperate to feel pain free can find away to improve their life. 

Again, I'm not a doctor or an expert in anything, but for a lot of people with basic back pain from muscle tightness, this is my opinion. If it is more severe like a slipped disc, I would definitely be seeing a doctor asap.

 

Cheers,

Greg 

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... I don't know what to do to deal with it. Any suggestions?  ...

 

 

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I am not a doctor... I would definitely be seeing a doctor asap..

 

 

I'm not a doctor either.

A forum is a great place to learn how to peel a hard boiled egg, gap a spark plug or tie die an old tee shirt.

It is NOT a good place to get medical advice

 

Any advice you get here will be guesses at best...and most likely wrong.

 

 

Please read the last line of Greg's response (over and over until you call the doctor)

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Another recommendation for seeing a doctor.

Is the problem with muscles or joints? Yoga has some very effective treatments for both. But the treatments for joints and muscles are opposites. If the wrong treatment is used it can turn a small problem into a big one.

If you can find out exactly what the problem is we can offer some help if we are able. Some of the problems should only be worked on under the supervision of a qualified yoga teacher or other qualified person.

Maybe it is inconvenient to see a doctor for a small problem but imagine the rest of your life without back pain if you can take care of the problem now.

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I think it's difficult for anyone to really help you without knowing more about the pain you're experiencing. I think everything previously stated has a lot of merit, and I'll  throw in my own two cents as well. If I was experiencing chronic but "tolerable" pain, I would go to either an orthopedic specialist, a chiropracter, or even an Ayurvedic practitioner (under some circumstances). If the pain I was experiencing was acute and/or otherwise experienced while doing simple forward folding postures with great form, hands down I would go to a reputable orthopedic specialist because they understand joint issues so darned well. That's just me, though. We have only one spine and we need to protect it! 

 

There are definitely instances where going to a doc is overkill (the following are examples of specific issues I've dealt with that were resolved without intervention, and are pretty commonplace in the yoga world)...Certain poses can cause strong discomfort in the lower back that can last for days beyond a yoga session if the poses were done without proper form. For example, locking the knees and folding deeply in a forward fold, or even doing plow pose fully before it's attainable for you can cause a dull, lingering pain that may take several days to go away. Over time, continually using inappropriate form can wreak havoc on your joints and require a visit to a doc, though, so asking your yoga teacher to evaluate your form and offer adjustments would be a smart move. Also. "crunching" in your lower back while doing backbends can happen when you initiate the movement in your lower back without first lengthening the spine, which is a very unpleasant feeling. In both of these cases, backing off of forward folding/plow and/or backbending, or doing more subtle versions of the poses (such as baby cobra instead of up dog or cobra, deeply bending the knees in forward folding or just doing monkey pose instead, etc.) until your back recovers is likely to be adequate. At least it was for me. Note that in both instances it was clear to me from the get-go that I didn't explicitly injure my back. Also, like Greg mentioned, strengthening your core is super important and can have an incredible effect on your back.

 

I think it's really important to keep things in perspective and listen to your body. Discerning the origin of the pain is important, as "injury" pain often feels different from "warning" pain that will go away on its own without lasting effects (provided you allow re-couperation). If you aren't sure what you are experiencing, or if the pain lingers for more than a few days, it would be prudent to go to a reputable practitioner.

 

As others have stated, I am not a doctor and the above is simply the protocol I set for myself regarding how I handle pain. Take it with a grain of salt, please.

Edited by TheDogAteMyYogaMat

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