Michael J. Homan is a Reiki Master and explores natural healing methods such as Acupressure, Reflexology, Crystal Therapy, Electro-Acupuncture, Chinese Magnetic Cupping, has his own e-Book called ‘4 Steps To A Pain-FREE Back!’, devoted to health issues and natural healing techniques.
I have studied acupressure and studied some on chiropractic. I have also looked into psychological issues to do with pain and medical problems.
So now … let’s get to the real content.
I am going to summarised this article for convenience since it is a combination of four major studies in themselves.
I have found that 4 major things that play an important part in your spines health.
4 Steps To Relieve Back Pain
First, there is posture. I know this is not the first time you have heard about this, but it needs to be said again and again.
Posture should be maintained in sitting, standing, and sleeping. Start taking note of your posture every time. If it is not straight, then start working to fix it.
If you also sleep in a position as I have in the past, with both hands under your pillow while you lay on your side, you can pinch a nerve in your neck if your shoulder of the arm that’s up starting to relax and leans in toward your head or neck. It would be better to lay your arm of your upper hand down on your leg while one hand is under the pillow.
And if you can afford it, buy a few different thickness pillows throughout the night. I don’t know about you, but I can not have a high, fluffy pillow when I lay on my back. But a thin pillow gives neck ache to me when I lay on my side.
2) Flexibility of your back
The 2nd thing on our list is the flexibility of your back.
What you want to do when you notice your back goes out a lot and you feel pinched nerves, is in getting your spine back into alignment and having it flexible.
Of course, if you feel a chiropractor is your better choice, by all means, seek one. But think about your progress if you could align your back whenever you needed to. It’s not all that hard! you are thinking.
If you are in pain at the present, put ice or heat on the spot until the pain seems to reduce.
Do NOT, under any circumstances exercise if any of your nerves are inflamed or swollen!
To make your back more flexible you might need to learn kundalini yoga. Not all yoga styles are similar to those you may have seen on television, where they twist themselves up. Kundalini yoga has very good and effective spinal exercises developed to help flexibility. Kundalini Yoga is also a spiritual tool to aid before meditation as well.
3) Strengthen your back and the surrounding muscles :
It is very important to strengthen your back and its surrounding muscles. This is the 3rd step to a healthy back.
Doing sit-ups is one such exercise, You don’t have to do many sit-ups until you feel you can… step by step.
Take all these things slow and at the pace of your body. Your own body will let you know what it is feeling.
Pain is only a warning sign.
Just remember… taking painkiller pills is okay when you really need them. But also remember that they do not heal the original problem, they only mask the warning sign, they simply stop the warning sign, but not the underlying problem.
Health is more than eating right. One must consider mental health, environmental, and many other factors. It is not all that much easy for a doctor to diagnose the complete problem and cure it, especially if it has roots in psychological issues and has gone a long time undetected, and became a physical problem.
4) Start a daily stretching routine :
The fourth step in back health is to start a daily stretching routine. You have seen cats and dogs stretch when they get up, try to do it for yourself!
The key to back health is in keeping your back flexible and strong or well supported by the stomach and muscles of the back. You may have to find that pleasant medium in between like I have, being too much strength in one area will pull out another.
These are the 4 Steps To Relieve Back Pain
Each and every person is uniquely different in many areas. So never think what worked for someone else is also going to work for you. You may have to build on someone else’s knowledge and work it into your own, personal program.
I recommend you to learn a little about acupressure as well to maintain your pain when it flares up.
I have found that I can manage my pain by using acupressure, simply by putting pressure on certain areas of the body. But that is something I advise you to seek a professional for help or look for someone who does acupuncture, or take a course in acupressure as I did.