By Shelli Stanger Nelson, Founder and President
“Oooh, my aching back”. This phrase chimes familiar because we have all heard its refrain sung over and over again in our professional as well as personal lives.Chronic and acute back pain is pervasive throughout the US as well as in other nations. back pain statistics reveal that, according to the American Chiropractic Association, 50 percent of the working class in North America suffer from back pain symptoms at least once every year. Other back pain statistics show that 31 million Americans experience back pain on a regular basis, and that 80 percent of the entire population of the planet will experience back problems at least once in their lives. Back pain statistics also illuminate the breadth of the problem with an astounding $50 billion being spent annually in the USA on the treatment of back pain. And the most sobering statistic: much of the treatment is temporary. Until, that is, practitioners address the issue from a completely non-conventional angle: the Human Bioenergy field (HBF), and psychology.
We have more and more scientific evidence that demonstrates how emotions affect physical health.Researchers at the Department of Behavioral Science, Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, Illinois, conducted a study on the role of emotions in chronic back pain. The results were published in The Journal of Behavioral health.The research was conducted on a group of chronic low-back pain sufferers. The outcomes demonstrated that when subjects were asked to suppress anger when provoked by a confederate rather than being allowed to express their anger, symptoms of low back pain increased. The research subjects were also monitored for muscle tension, blood pressure and heart rate, all of which increased significantly when anger was blocked. From a bio-energy perspective, this makes absolute sense.
Here’s the energy physiology associated with the research results:
The low back is the location of the rear of the second chakra. Each chakra of the HBF has several functions, two of which are a physical function and a psychological function. The physical function of the rear aspect of the second chakra is to supply energy (or nourishment) to the kidneys, hips and the muscles and bones of the lower lumbar and sacral region of the body and spine. And the psychological function of the rear of this second chakra?-It alone is responsible for controlling the quantity of emotion an individual expresses. With this information we can understand why the subjects in the Rush University study experienced more lower back pain when they withheld their anger.
In order to suppress feelings, the rear of this second chakra must pinch itself closed to stop the emotional flow.
With this second chakra now pinched off to avoid an emotional outburst, the physical function of providing energy and cell nourishment to the structures in this region is also reduced. If a person is prone to perpetually suppressing emotions, over time the physical structures will suffer.
Additionally, we add to the fatigue and pain as we instinctively tense the muscles in this lower back region in order to maintain control over this chakra. Can you feel the ache beginning already?
So all those billions being spent on resolution of back pain might be mitigated by addressing the root cause origin of the condition; what is the patient’s relationship to expressing emotions? The well-prepared energy professional will be able to help the patient to resolve unhealthy beliefs about expressing emotions. And then provide effective energy therapy that encourages this second chakra to function more healthfully while allowing the starved cells to recover.
If you or your clients experience low back discomfort, here’s a couple of quick exercises that help to open the back of the second chakra. You might try them or suggest them to your clients and see if it helps to reduce the discomfort.
1) Try swiveling the hips in first a clock-wise and then counter-clockwise motion. Be gentle-don’t go beyond a range of motion that’s comfortable. Pretend you are in a wide tube and you want to use your hips to polish the surface of the tube on all sides. Do 10 rotations both directions.
2) Lie in a relaxed position and focus your awareness on the low back and sacrum. This is your 2nd chakra. Breathe in deeply. When you exhale, concentrate on completely relaxing and opening this energy center. Imagine that the breath is coming in and out through this second chakra. Try doing this for 10 minutes, making your back more and more relaxed and your 2nd chakra wider and wider.
3) In a safe place, try releasing any pent up emotions. Stomp your feet and yell, strike a pillow over and over on the bed, or twist a towel tightly between your hands. Allow a sound to come out of your mouth when you do these exercises, otherwise you will tend to hold in the emotion and increase the tension in your low back even more.
Note if there’s a difference in the symptoms after any of the exercises.