The Causes of Body Stress in the Lower Back

The jarring effect of accidents and falls may cause body stress to become locked into the lower back. Also, heavy or incorrect lifting or bending may strain ligaments and muscles and result in stress becoming stored in the structures. The wrong kinds of exercise - those which involve twisting movements or repeated forward bending - may stress the lumbar spine. Another cause is poor posture, especially sitting in a slumped position which reverses the normal lumbar curve.

Sitting like this may give temporary relief from back pain, as it causes the joint spaces to open up at the back and thus reduce pressure on spinal nerves for a short time. However, this posture builds up pressure on the discs and in time the back walls of the discs may weaken and develop a bulge. This would result in pressure being exerted on a spinal nerve.

THE STRUCTURE OF THE LOWER BACK

The spine of the lower back has five lumbar vertebrae and below these the sacrum, a triangular-shaped bone which fits between the bones of the pelvis with a sacro-illiac joint on each side. The coccyx is a small tail-like bone below the sacrum. The bodies of the vertebrae are bound together by the intervertebral discs. These discs with their tough outer rim of cartilage and jelly-like core serve as shock-absorbers, and are shaped to give the lumbar spine its natural forward curve. The vertebrae form a bony canal containing the spinal cord. The spinal nerves exit from the cord through openings between the vertebrae, and supply the skin and muscles of the legs and feet, the lower abdomen and groin areas. Branches from these nerves also lead to the internal organs, such as the digestive, reproductive and urinary systems.

THE EFFECTS OF BODY STRESS

Irritation to the spinal nerves of the lower back may result in back pain and this may be referred along the nerve pathways into the abdomen, groin, hips, legs or feet. Often pain is felt along the large sciatic nerve which passes through the buttock and down the back of the leg. There may also be sensations of numbness in any of these areas. Muscle function may be affected, resulting in stiffness or weakness. The compression effect in the lower back may be so severe that the back muscles lock up in a protective spasm, pulling the spine sideways or forwards.

While body stress remains stored in the lower back, the irritation to the nerves may undermine or disturb the normal functioning of the areas and organs they supply. Thus body stress may lead to digestive problems, e.g. constipation/diarrhoea, bladder complaints and may adversely affect sexual function.

Sometimes a person may not be aware of the body stress in the lower back other than feeling stiffness on arising in the morning. After BSR a person may be pain-free for a period, then experience a return of the problem for no apparent reason. This signals that the lower back is ready to undergo further deeper releases of body stress.

If the body stress has been present in the lower back for a long time (the cause may have originated in childhood), it may be necessary for the stored tension to be released in 'layers' over a period of time.

As the foundation of the spine the lower back area affects the stability of the rest of the spine. Therefore, if body stress is stored in the lumbar area, muscular tension will be referred to the upper back and neck.

ADVICE TO MINIMISE STRESS IN THE LOWER BACK

When bending down, bend your knees rather than bending at the waist.

When lifting, use the thigh muscles to take the strain. Hold the object close to the body and avoid twisting.

When sitting, ensure that the lumbar curve is maintained and that the knees are level with or lower than the hips. Do not sit with the feet up or recline for long periods in the bath.

Avoid exercises which reverse or strain the lumbar curve, e.g. toe-touching, sit-ups, double leg-raisers.

Take a few minutes to do the daily morning exercise which your BSR practitioner recommends, in order to strengthen the lower back and abdominal muscles.

Your mattress should be neither too hard nor too soft. It should support the normal hollow of the lower back.

TRUE CASES

A 48 year old man was experiencing such intense calf pain that he was unable to walk. He was not aware of any pain in his lower back. A week of traction in hospital had not eased the problem. After the first BSR session the lower back became very painful as feeling was restored to numbed nerves. The calf pain was unchanged. After the second session three days later the pain withdrew from the calves and was felt in the hips and lower back. After further releases five days later, the pain in the lower back began to lessen. The final session was three days after that. Within two weeks the client was pain-free and was able to return to work.

For several years a 15 year old boy had experienced the embarrassment of frequent bed-wetting, as well as intermittent lower back pain. After three sessions, in which pressure was released in the lumbar spine, he had no further bladder problems. The bed-wetting recurred a year later after a heavy fall at rugby, but cleared up once more after two sessions of BSR.

A 31 year old woman walked with one foot rotated outwards, since a motor accident in her teens. She frequently woke with her lower back in a painful spasm. She underwent regular BSR for a period of three months. Her foot was restored to its normal position and her buttock muscles, which had been wasted, had rebuilt.
To Whom It May Concern

I met Michelle during her training and practical session at the Body Stress Release academy here in the Wilderness.

She treated me 4 times over a period of 2 weeks and despite the fact that I went into the whole procedure somewhat sceptical, I was at first pleasantly surprised, that then extremely happy with the relief I got from the chronic knee and ankle pains I have experienced for years.

I can strongly recommend BSR to anyone – and I congratulate Michelle on her grasp and understanding of the whole technique. I wish her success in this new and exciting venture for herself.

Sincerely,

Michael E. Millard
Dear Michelle,

Thank you so much for all your help during the period before and after my foot operation. I have found that BSR made a tremendous difference to my recovery and pain management before and after.

I really appreciate your commitment in helping me and would not have coped without the treatments.


The Homeopath
Dr Audrey
“Thank you Michelle for the great BSR sessions. I have had numerous Physiotherapy sessions for my neck in the last few years with very little pain relief and for very short periods. Since my BSR sessions I have not looked back !!! The pain and never ending stiffness has gone and even the headaches have disappeared. I know maintenance sessions are essential for continued healing so I will definitely book sessions on my next visit to SA.”
Tania G.. Dubai
“I battled with whiplash for a long time. It was not until I was introduced to Body Stress Release that I finally found relief from the tension in my neck and shoulders. The technique used in BSR is very gentle, non invasive and relaxing. I continue to have maintenance sessions with Michelle who has always been very professional and knowledgeable. Thank you Michelle for the experience of BSR and its healing process.“
Natalie Holme – Muldersdrift
“Dear Michelle,
Thank you so much for all you have done to help me with both my back problems and headaches!
My headaches are less severe now….when I get one. These used to come every 2nd week and last 4 to 5 days, now I get one only when very stressed and they only last a night and I can sleep them off with only taking 2 pain killers instead of the 8 a day I used to take!
My back has never seized again, must be from my monthly “maintenance” sessions with you!
Thank you once again for not only helping me to heal, but helping me cope with my day to day life.
Many thanks again
Your ever grateful headache free patient”

Eve Mc Luckie
My aching leg pain is gone !! That draining, constant pain is no longer … BSR has definitely made a difference in my life, and my work as I stand a lot on some days… I will be back for my regular maintenance sessions as discussed, thank you Michelle, the impact BSR has had for me is such a relief.
Bev P.
Dear Michelle
As a 26 year old, newly married young lady, I was not happy to have been diagnosed with a problem with my aesophagus, and that there was little that could be done for me… my diet had to be changed along with my lifestyle in major ways. However after my sessions of BSR, I am feeling much “lighter” and better able to cope with my digestive issues. The future does look much brighter.

Kind Regards Lizanne L R.
Ek is 58 jaar en werk voldag by ‘n dokter se praktyk. Ek het vir ongeveer 2 jaar lae rug pyn, wat ek aan my lang werksure toeskryf. Laas jaar het die pyn baie erg begin word, en ek het kruppel begin loop a.g.v van die regter been wat lam begin word het. Ek kon nie meer uit ‘n stoel opstaan nie, en ook nie in die nag omdraai in die bed nie. Dit was baie pynlik. My dokter het my vir x-strale gestuur wat gewys het dat my derde en vierde rugwerwel geskuif het en dit druk ‘n senuwee vas. Ek was na ‘n spesialis verwys wat ‘n rug operasie aanbeveel het a.g.v die drukking op die senuwee. My man het vir Michelle ontmoet, wat toe dadelik ‘n afspraak gereel het. Na die eerste sessie het ek nie veel geloof in BSR gehad nie. Ek wou ‘n vinnige oplossing he. My man het my aangemoedig on terug te gaan. Ek is toe vir 5 sessies elke tweede week. Ek het elke keer teruggegaan en begin om minder pyn pille te drink. Sy het my ook geleer om nie my rug te veel onder spanning to sit nie. Die posisie waarin ek sit is ook aangepas. Dit het toe elke keer beter begin gaan. In November laasjaar het ek besluit om die pyn pille heeltemal te los, en net vir BSR te gaan. Toe gebeur dit!! Dit het met elk sessie beter begin gaan. Ek kon self opstaan, en het heeltemal normaal begin loop. Ek volg haar raad om my rug in stand te hou en gaan nou elke ses weke vir ‘n sessie . Dit is wonderlik om geen pyn te he nie en ‘n goeie kwaliteit lewe te lei, en dit sonder ‘n operasie.
Ria O.

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Michelle Lottering has been a Body Stress Release practitioner since 2013. Helping people to discover the amazing power of BSR is her passion.
She is a member of Body Stress Release South Africa

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