Back pain affects around 1 third of the adult population
I felt inspired to write this because I have had 3 clients this week with low back pain. Two of the three said the pain had suddenly came on out of nowhere. Lower back pain plagues around 1 third of the adult population each year, (source).
What is the root cause of back pain?
Within Systematic Kinesiology there are many different ways of checking where the root cause of a symptom is coming from and addressing it accordingly with the appropriate corrections. However after over 3 decades of practice I have found the main culprit of lower back pain to be intestinal. No wonder many people are unable to get fixed or maintain a fix with manipulation of muscles, spine and, or energy.
Back pain is linked to the intestines
When the digestive tract is stressed things generally start to tense and tighten. This includes the ligaments and connective tissue which hold the bowel in place and are connected to other organs like the pelvic wall. Therefore, these particular ligaments and connective tissue have a significant effect on the stability of the pelvis and lower lumbars.
The Ileocecal Valve (ICV) is on the right side of the lower quadrant of the abdomen. The very much less known Houston valves, are on the left lower quadrant of the abdomen. Both the ICV and Houston valve work together. Therefore when one is out of balance the other usually follows.
The Houston valves are not really valves. They are anatomically known as the ‘Rings of Houston.’ These protruding rings of smooth tissue (like a large vacuum cleaner hose) are located towards the lower part of the descending colon, leading into the rectum lower down.
Houston Valves support the weight of the faeces as it is directed into the rectum. This helps to form well turned out stools, as well as slowing down the exit. However, these valves (as with the ICV) are linked to the limbic system and are very emotionally/stress sensitive.
Upset and trauma can affect the intestines
Both the ICV and houston valves can become tighter during times of upset, distress, trauma and shock. This can lead to constipation or looser and unformed stools. Two of my clients this week had suffered an emotional shock or upset just before their lower back started going into spasm. As a consequence their back felt weak and vulnerable like it could ‘go’ at any time.
While fixing the valves, pain usually refers right into the point of pain in the back, whether they currently have the pain or not. This is the body working to readjust all the ligaments, connective tissue and the valves themselves into balance.
When the referred pain dies down, we can move around the abdominal area until all the pain has gone from both the valves and the lower back.
Kinesiology helps release emotional stress
Kinesiology can help release the clients emotional stress. Practitioners can also test to see if any nutrition is needed to support the bowel and connective tissue. We can also test for food sensitivities that may be affecting the intestinal tract and ultimately contributing to the back pain. So, if you are having endless massages and manipulations for tight back muscles and lower back pain that just keeps returning, you may in fact benefit more by having your intestinal valves tested and corrected by a Systematic Kinesiologist. Find your nearest Practitioner at www.taskuknetwork.org.