The key to getting better sooner is to address it on both a physical level and an emotional level. Follow these 4 simple tips:
- Work on accepting whatever major change is happening in your life. You can choose to resist it, but your new reality is here whether you like it or not. Your spirit is moving forward, but your ego is holding back because it’s afraid and wants to stay in its comfort zone. The resulting tension between these two inner forces shows up in your spine and back muscles. The most loving thing you can do for yourself in this situation is to step forward into your new situation/reality every day, no matter how uncomfortable or unfamiliar it feels. (Yeah, I know. It seems hokey. You’re gonna have to trust me on this one. I’m right.)
- Set aside some time to rest and relax every day until your back pain subsides. Low back pain is often a sign that you’re overworked, or have over-extended yourself. Slowing things down to regroup will allow your kidney energy to replenish itself. (In TCM, the kidneys are associated with low back ache.)
- Take an Epsom salt bath. This is my personal favorite, because you get to chill out and simultaneously nourish your body with minerals vital for muscle relaxation. Plus! It’s one of the rare moments in life when its totally normal to stare out into space and do nothing without feeling even a little bit guilty. Take it to the next level, and add a couple of drops of essential oil to make it a really luxurious experience. My go-to Back Pain Bath recipe: add 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops lavender, 1 drop helichrysum to 1-2 cups of epsom salt, then pour into bathtub and enjoy!
- Come in for a triple whammy combo treatment. We’ll start with cupping to ease your muscle tension, and then boost your strength and reduce inflammation with acupuncture. While the needles are in we’ll reset your central nervous system with craniosacral so you can heal even faster.