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The Body Speaks Out Series – “Pelvic Foundation”

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Pelvic Foundation Story

Grace, an 80 year old woman, came in with her daughter.  During her physical examination and history, her daughter was surprised to find out her mother had pain in her back for the past five years.  I asked Grace, “What happened five years ago?”

She answered, “Nothing.”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes.”

Her daughter asked, “Wasn’t that when Dad wasn’t doing good, and you and he went into that care home?”

Grace thought about it for a moment and said, “Oh, I guess so…”

Changing Foundation

The pelvis area is about foundation and change.  Grace’s entire living situation changed from living in her own house for more than 40 years, to living in a care home, and that was a big change for her.  There were different people, a different environment, a different way of life, plus her husband was not doing well.  Grace was clearly uncomfortable in her new living environment and her pelvis was giving her a blaring signal.

Her pain began to worsen three years ago, which being a coincidence or not, corresponded at the same time with her husband’s passing.  The pain intensified the following morning even without her doing anything that would cause an increase in pain.  

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Shifting Our Identity

The sacrum (lower back) is linked with our foundation.  Lower back pain above the pelvis arises usually when we move or make a shift in our identity.  Physically, it can happen when we pick up something heavy or turning our body in an awkward way.  Mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, it’s when we’re questioning the direction we’re going in, figuring out who we are, or not being able to safely express ourselves.  This creates a conflict in our sense of self and what we should be doing versus what we are doing.

There can be mild to severe pain, and doctors usually prescibe muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory drugs.  They prescribe this form of treatment to help ease the person from the pain they are experiencing.  Although this may take the pain away initially, but over time if the person can’t feel the pain, they can end up injuring themselves more, creating bigger problems in the future.

Doctors are doing their best and making the best diagnosis based upon the symptoms that are being presented.  They may not always have enough time to really ask what is going on in a person’s life.   Also their scope of practice leads them to prescribing medications to help stop the symptoms, but it doesn’t necessarily address the cause.

Judging Choices

In my life, I will get lower back and pelvic pain if I was judging my choices, where I was in my life, or doubting what I know to be true for me.  The lower back is also linked at times with financial worries, stress, and challenging relationships.  The right side of the lower back is associated with a male figure in a person’s life (husband, brother, father, coworker, etc.), while the left side is associated with a female figure (wife, sister, mother, coworker, etc.).

If you can relate to low back or pelvic pain, or have a story to share about how an experience was linked to pain, please feel free to share it in the comment box below.  There is a benefit to expressing and sharing our stories!

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The Body Speaks Out Series – “Our Talking Low Back”

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The Body Speaks Out Series – “Our Talking Low Back”

In my first year of practice, a woman came in to my office, simply because she happened to be walking past the office and was in pain.  She poked her head in the door and asked what I did.  I explained my practices to her, and she made it clear that she didn’t want anyone “cracking her spine.”  Since I do not crack backs, she decided to start care that morning. We went over her history, and checked her posture after which she received her first adjustment.   This was all before I understood the connection between life stress and how it creates pain in our body.

The Story

She was going to Okinawa in a week and a half, but was afraid because of her low back pain.  She had this pain for about a year and a half, but had to go on this mandatory trip to celebrate an orphanage she was from.

Prior to her trip, I was able to adjust her three or four times at which point she started feeling better, but she was still afraid of going on her trip.  She told me that she would be gone for about three weeks and she expected to do a lot of walking, which usually aggravated her low back pain.  I gave her some breathing exercises to do while she was away, and told her the importance of resuming care when she returned.

After three weeks, she called and wanted to come back.  I asked her, “How was your trip?”  She replied, “It was actually great!  I thought I would be in pain from all the walking, and even though I could feel a little pain, it was nothing compared to how it was before.”

She was happy and amazed that after suffering for a year and half, she was able to experience less back pain.  After another month of adjustments, her back pain went away and she stayed under care for almost two years.

Thoughts and Reflection

When she first started care with me, she was undergoing some changes in her home.  Her granddaughter had moved in with her because she was having problems with her mother (my practice member’s daughter).

During the time she was under care with me, I saw that this woman, in her 70s, was a “super-grandma.” She did everything for her granddaughter.  During this time, her granddaughter became more and more of a challenge and after about a year she started to feel pain in her legs and her left knee. Her back even started bothering her again.  Her blood pressure increased and she became borderline diabetic.  At this point, she went to see her primary care physician and I didn’t see her again.

If I knew then…

If I knew then what I know now, I wonder what could have happened.  It was a few years before I realized how stressful family and life situations are linked with those pains!   I have come to understand that relationship issues manifest in our low backs, and until we acknowledge and deal with these issues, the body will create more ailments to get us to make a change or we continue to suffer.  So, in that light, let’s address what we need to, and get that devil off our backs!

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 If you can relate to low back pain or low back stiffness, or have a story to share about how an experience was linked to a pain, please feel free to share it in the comment box below.  There is a benefit to expressing and exchanging our stories!