Chinese Medicine on Low Back Pain: The ‘muscle of the soul’ demands attention (the cure is rest!)

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Chinese Medicine on Low Back Pain: The 'muscle of the soul' demands attention (the cure is rest!)
In low back pain, it is usually the psoas that causes problems. This ‘muscle of the soul’ cramps with feelings of tension and insecurity and also stores them. “During yoga, when you tense the psoas, emotions can be released: you literally stretch the stress and emotions loose,” says Conny Coppen, author of The Tao of Health.

If rest, relaxation and security are lacking in your life, this quickly causes complaints in the course of the meridians of the kidneys and bladder and in the lower back.

The muscle of the soul

According to Chinese Medicine, the spine is directly connected to the organs through meridians (energy pathways) and acupuncture points. If an organ is disturbed, it can cause pain in certain areas of the back. Kidneys and bladder are pre-eminently part of the lower back. Kidneys, bladder, lower back, sexual organs, and knees all fall under the water element, says Chinese Medicine.

This element is associated with rest, relaxation, basic safety, security, feeling support, and good basic energy. If these ‘ingredients’ are missing in your life, this quickly causes complaints in the course of the meridians of the kidneys and bladder and in the lower back. This is because the kidney energy is directly connected to the psoas, an important muscle group.

This deep-lying muscle connects your lower back to your thigh. Usually it is the psoas that causes problems if you have lower back problems. It is sometimes called ‘the muscle of the soul’‘.

Psoas stores emotions: fear and uncertainty

When we experience stress and are startled by something, the psoas contract. Too little movement and fatigue also cause stiffness in this muscle. The psoas, therefore, responds to stress and exhaustion but also stores the underlying emotions. They are usually emotions associated with the water element.

Chinese Medicine on Low Back Pain: The 'muscle of the soul' demands attention (the cure is rest!)

Stressful circumstances such as losing your job or income, getting a divorce or having a conflict, for example, have a negative effect on the element of water. These are all situations that mean a loss of support, support or security. Feelings of fear, uncertainty, tension and insecurity also have a negative influence on this element.

The result: complaints in the course of the meridians of the water element or in the organs and systems that are connected to this element. Suppose you have back problems, it can happen that emotions are released during yoga when you tighten the psoas. You literally stretch out the stress and the emotions.

Blocked bladder meridian: tension in your body

The bladder meridian runs from the inside of both eyebrows over your head, neck and back, all the way back to your little toes. It is the main meridian when it comes to grounding and grounds. If this is blocked – for example by the above-mentioned influences – then you cannot easily ‘let things slide off’. You then live with a constant tension, which has a negative effect on your lower back.

The bladder meridian runs down the calves, past the outer ankles, to your little toes. The kidney meridian begins mid-foot under your foot and runs up the inner ankles. Both meridians run on opposite sides of the Achilles tendon. It often happens that heel spurs or an inflamed Achilles tendon have to do with the water element.

Remedy for back pain: silence

Chinese Medicine on Low Back Pain: The 'muscle of the soul' demands attention (the cure is rest!)

While you can ease back pain with acupuncture and pressure point massage, the real answer is in peace and quiet. The pain forces you to slow down and turn inwardPay attention to yourself. What am I actually doing? Do I still want this? This reflection is necessary in order to be able to make choices in a hectic life.

And one day your inner wisdom will surface. You suddenly know clearly which way you want to go! All you have to do is listen and act.

Advice: how do I find peace?

  • Create a safe atmosphere: soothing music, nice book, soft blanket… Cherish yourself.
  • Take a course that helps you relax such as mindfulness, heart coherence or autogenic training.
  • If necessary, do ‘deep work’ to heal the cause of your inner turmoil, for example family constellations.
  • Have a calm and regular daily schedule.
  • Avoid extremes on every level.
  • Sleep, meditate or rest for at least half an hour in the afternoon.
  • Drink kidney and bladder tea to support these organs.
  • Opt for warmth: shower, warm wraps, a hot water bottle, herbal baths.

 

 

 

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