A Pain in the Back

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There it is… that familiar ache that eventually turns into a spasm in your lower back. You make one wrong move and you know you’ve just activated that angry sciatica nerve that can, will, and eventually does bring you to your knees. It’s something as simple as bending down to pick something up and coming back up the wrong way or turning funky when you are fixing dinner. But the pain, oh the pain, associated with that sciatic nerve going bonkers is enough to make you lose your mind. So how do we effectively treat a pain like this? Let’s start with some fairly obvious questions that can run through your mind as you are trying to determine how this happened in the first place. Have you been sitting too long in one place? Have you maybe gained a little too much weight in the last bit of time? Are you skipping out on your exercise routine and not walking or moving around as much as you used to? Not stretching enough? For some more scientific reasons, a good resource to check is spine-health.com but in the meantime, yes, all of those reasons can attribute to this searing pain that’s pulsating down your buns and legs.

How Do We Manage the Pain?

So the next obvious question is how do we manage the pain? How do we try to get this cluster of nerves back to its rightful, peaceful position?

Reduce Inflammation

There are a lot of obvious answers to this question, alternate heat/ice, use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or COX-2 inhibitors), or oral steroids can reduce the inflammation that is usually a contributing factor in causing sciatica pain, acupuncture, massage therapy.

Address the Cause

The body has the capability to heal itself, yet it can get stuck in a loop of pain and inflammation if the cause is not addressed.  Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.) can break the pain loop pattern and help restore your body to its natural state of health.

Keep Moving

Something else you can do for pain management is to keep moving! When you engage in a regular program of gentle strengthening, stretching and aerobic exercises, you can recover more quickly from sciatica pain and are less likely to have future episodes of pain. Here’s a really great exercise you can do to help alleviate the initial pain and keep trying this technique as part of your daily stretching routine.

Take the Challenge

Skip the escalators at the mall this holiday season – take the stairs, invest in a yoga mat and take the time even for 10 minutes every morning to stretch and get centered. If you feel that familiar pain, stop what you are doing – grab onto something, a countertop, a wall, a railing and stretch. Work it out! The more you keep moving the better off your sciatic pain will become. Keep focused on your movements and remember to breathe!

For more information on the Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T) contact Cristi McCurdie for a free private consultation. http://bodysyncbest.com/contact-us/

 

Taking a Breath in Life

Breathing for Health

 

More often than not, taking a conscious breath before moving into life serves more than words can say.

– Dr. Sue Morter

We sigh a lot in everyday life. Out of frustration, love, feeling overwhelmed, running too fast in our lives, pain…

What would happen if we took the time to focus on our sighs each day? Would our impulsive breathing become more controlled? Would this adverse reaction to stress become more useful to us? What if we allowed each sigh to become a breath?

Take This Challenge

Take one day and notice each sigh. Focus on WHY you are sighing and allow the sigh to become a breath. You may find that you gain a clearer sense of direction, a greater purpose in your actions, and a better sense of cleansing. When you wake up in the morning, instead of sighing because of the grueling day ahead, give yourself 30 seconds. Sit at the edge of your bed, think of the tasks that you have before you and take a deep breath into your day. Take a deep breath before you get into your car on your way to work, before you pick the kids up from school, before you wind down at night. Go ahead and count down from 10 when things become a little too much just remember to breathe through them!

You’d be surprised at how well you will feel just by controlling your breaths a little more in your life. It can give your brain and body a chance to refresh itself and might even serve to lower your stress level, allow natural healing to take place and the rest of your body and brain can heal from the day a little better.