Positive Attitude, Posture Prevents Back Pain

Change Your Outlook, Posture and Clothes and Heal Back Pain

Here are some unexpected causes of back pain that have to do with your daily habits. The back is the center of our body, the trunk of our tree and it’s linked to everything. Urinary tract infections and kidney stones can cause back pain but so can smoking. Smoking disrupts your circulation and can cause the nutrients not to be distributed properly to the muscles in your back. Getting deeper to some unexpected reasons for back pain we start to look at how our attitude and believe it or not, our wardrobe, can create back pain.

Clothing Choices

Some people wear very tight and restrictive clothes which can halt blood flow and restrict movement. Examples are neck ties, stiff collared shirts, tight jeans and shirts that restrict movement. Even a tight bra or corset could cause back pain. Shoes can also be a culprit causing back pain. Stiff men’s work shoes can cause back pain because they are unsupportive and disrupt normal posture. They strain the muscles and steal energy from your body causing stiffness. High heels put 7 times the amount of pressure on your lower back and disrupt your center of gravity. They are one of the worst things you can wear for your back.

Try to wear cotton clothes that are loose fitted to help keep your circulation flowing and help you feel relaxed. If your clothes are restrictive, you probably won’t breathe as deep as you need to and if your body doesn’t get enough oxygen, your circulation and brain won’t function optimally. Lack of oxygen can lead to mood swings, disrupt digestion and cause emotional disturbances. The little things do mean a lot. Being aware of your clothing choices and wearing comfortable shoes is actually very important. Being relaxed and not in pain also sends a signal to your brain that you will take care of your body and not hurt it for the sake of fashion.

Attitude

Stress, depression and anxiety can also create back pain because of how it affects your breath and nervous system. We have seen a surge in clothing with positive messages on them and we see many yoga studios popping up everywhere. Scientists are finding that our stress levels directly contribute to our back pain. The brain will subconsciously translate anger, fear and anxiety into physical pain (often in the back) when it is not recognized. Dealing with depression through natural remedies such as essential oils, meditation, reading self development books about retraining your reactions and healing your inner child memories are all great ways to empower yourself to live a pain free lifestyle.

Working with a spiritual counselor can be a great way to empower yourself to overcome negative thinking patterns. They can teach you techniques to keep your mind positive throughout the day. Some of these techniques are putting up positive artwork in your home and at work, surrounding yourself by only positive people and music with positive lyrics, saying positive and encouraging words to others, smiling as much as you can and eating a healthy diet that will help your brain stabilize. You can try meditation, get 10-15 minutes of sun each day, avoid depressants such alcohol and do regular daily exercise to get your happy chemicals (endorphins) to release. Certain forms of meditation also release happy chemicals like serotonin and dopamine in your brain as well as DMT which is a naturally occurring drug that makes you feel connected and fulfilled in your life.

Finding ways to contribute to the community and enrich the lives of others helps you not feel isolated and keeps you from wallowing in your own self misery. If you notice you have a ‘woe is me’ attitude, realize you can always choose a positive thought and the more we give to others, the happier we are. Many people are depressed because they have no sense of purpose and they don’t have tools to keep their mind happy. You can create a list of dream jobs that would help make the world a better place and take steps to get the training you need to make that dream a reality. Being motivated and inspired will help your back pain!

Posture

Because so many people sit at a desk all day and slouch, many people have horrible posture. Their muscles lining their spine atrophy and they get forward neck posture and hunched shoulders. This strains the back and puts 100 pounds of pressure on the lower back. Find ways to make your office ergonomic by raising your computer screen to eye level and making sure your feet are flat on the floor. Find a chair like the balls that are ergonomic or other specially designed chairs. Make sure the arm you mouse with is at a 90 degree bend so you aren’t pinching your shoulder. Finally, get up and stretch every 20-30 minutes. Be sure to do core strengthening exercises as well.

As you can see, so many things contribute to back pain that we are not cued into by our doctors. Our little choices and thought patterns do affect our body and if we take a holistic approach to our back pain and make healthy decisions all throughout the day, we are more likely to lower our stress and empower ourselves to keep a positive vibration. Keeping a positive vibration is more than just an idea, since everything is in constant motion, whether we perceive it or not, even our thoughts create a wavelength. When you feel uplifted around a person, it is their higher vibrational state affecting yours. There is a lot of evidence that shows that positive psychology is effective in healing. The department of psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA has conducted many scientific experiments on the subject and it has shown to reverse terminal diagnosis. The conscious brain can only hold one thought at a time and we are able to notice our thoughts and choose positive ones. You’ll start feeling better right away. It’s something you’ll become better at with regular practice as you retrain your brain’s default mode of thinking.

Shannon Yrizarry

Shannon Yrizarry is a health and wellness professional who was healed from chronic back pain in 2003 after studying the mind-body connection. She went on to study the physical and mental benefits of yoga and now teaches classes and workshops in Southern California. She has also worked as an organic health consultant and writes about how to eat a clean whole foods diet incorporating gluten-free, raw, and dairy free options.