Statistically, low back issues are becoming a major medical concern. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported in October, 2016, that a majority of U.S. adults reported a musculoskeletal pain disorder during 2012. Nearly half of these cases were reported as low back pain. “In 2012, 54.5% of U.S. adults had a musculoskeletal pain disorder.”1 That adds up to well over 75 million people having low back issues!
This statistic represents cases which were treated with medical care. No one knows how many low back issues went unreported, being resolved without medical care. Some estimate than 80% of U.S. adults may suffer from a back issue at some point during the year. When the low back is weak and inflamed, doing a simple task becomes arduous. You might even lose time from work as you recover. Or, you might just grimace and tough it out through the pain as it resolves. Given these statistics, it is important to take good care of your entire musculoskeletal system, especially the low back.
Preventing Low Back Issues
One major preventive measure is simply staying hydrated! Between each vertebra lies a disk, hopefully containing an abundance of water. These discs function as shock absorbers cushioning the spinal nerves as you move around throughout the day. If you are not hydrated as you move about, this inner moist ring may become dry, narrowing the space between the vertebra. When this occurs, nerves become irritated, contributing to inflammation.
During the night when lying down, and pressure is relieved on the discs from being in an upright position, the disks have an opportunity to rehydrate. But, this is only possible if adequate liquid is being provided throughout the day. In the case of insufficient fluids, the discs are not able to rehydrate during the night, contributing to an even dryer condition by morning. Did you ever wake up with a stiff back that needed to be moved around and stretched before you were able to stand upright easily? This tight low back syndrome could be caused by chronic dehydration.
Any chronically dehydrated disc is prone to herniation and rupture. The low back contains the largest weight bearing vertebra, so these are the ones most at risk. The center of the disk is designed for weight bearing, while the outer ring bears only part of the load. When the center of the disk becomes dehydrated, the weight bearing may shift to the outer ring, which is not designed for this purpose. For maintaining a healthy spine free of herniation, rupture, and pain, drink an abundance of water throughout the day.
If you are currently suffering from dehydration in your spine, drinking water each day is beneficial as this issue is resolving. Light exercise and gentle stretching are also beneficial, but heavy exercise is not wise. The higher the inflammation in the low back the more prone it is to injury. Read the post, “Hydration for More Energy,” about the toxic chemicals in unfiltered water. Make sure you are hydrating your body with purified water.
Natural Pain Relief
One of the side-effects of pain medication is dehydration. You may experience temporary pain relief, but consequently you may end up with a serious case of dehydration. Instead of pain medication, consider using an all natural, pain relief method. Essential oils aid in relieving the strain of overused muscles. Diet plays an important role in preventing pain and inflammation, as discussed in this video.
PowerStrips are a high technology 3 1/2 X 5 inch strip which is applied directly to the low back for pain relief. It increases far infrared energy through its outer layer of germanium crystals. The inside layer contains ginseng, an herbal remedy used all around the world for its wonderful properties. In addition to fermented ginseng, the inner layer provides a wide spectrum of nutrients from marine phytoplankton. The combination of these all natural components provides pain relief for most.
One strip is worn for two days and replaced with a fresh one after bathing. Wear strips until the pain is resolved, and then for a few days longer to ensure their is no relapse of symptoms. PowerStrips may be used in combination with essential oils. Place a full PowerStrip in a stable location on the sacrum or cut one in half and place a piece on either side of the spine. Then rub essential oils into the tissues surrounding the PowerStrip. Essential oils penetrate tissues in the entire low back area. In the post, “Increasing Energy Frequencies,” there is more information about PowerStrips. The post, “Governing Vessel” contains PowerStrip placement suggestions for the back, including meridian charts with energetic locations.