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LOVE YOUR BACK: 7 tips for back-comfort April 20, 2010

Posted by Carole Lynne in All About Spirit, Carole Lynne reads Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Feeling Better, Love, Spiritual Education.
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Pain in the back? After years of back pain, I finally found the way to be pain-free most of the time.  Before I share  my thoughts about back care,  it goes without saying that anyone with serious back pain needs to see a physician, as these five tips may not be appropriate for everyone.

One: Realize that each and every one of us living on this earth is a spirit, simply clothed with a physical body, until it is time to shed our physical bodies and return home to the Source of our existence.  Your body is simply the temple that houses your spirit and therefore you must take very good care of your body.

Two:  Face the reality of WHY you have back pain.  For most of us it is not because we have been in a car accident, or injured our backs seriously.  If so, then of course on going medical help is needed.  But for most of us, we are in back pain because we eat too much, exercise too little, and are not conscious of the ways we move our bodies in our daily life.  Most of us are in fact, injuring ourselves.

Three: Once you know why you are having back pain, create a diet, exercise and lifestyle that will keep you pain-free. If you need help creating a plan, see your doctor and get advice on diet and exercise.

Four: Consider getting additional care from a chiropractor and/or acupuncturist.  I have had great results with these complimentary therapies.  My chiropractor. Dr. Robert Gensler,  also offers free classes in back exercises and instructions on how to move. I have learned that the way I get in and out of a car, and the way I move when I get out of a chair is important.

Five: Monitor yourself as you go through your day and like a “movement detective” find out how you are hurting yourself. Are you sitting on a sofa that is too low for you?  Do you need to buy a chair that is more back-friendly? Are you jerking your hips around when you get out of your car?  Pay attention to every move you make for a week, and you may discover how you are hurting yourself.  Once you know, then you can learn how to move properly and avoid self injury.

Six:  Stretch Stretch Stretch, both morning and evening, and through out the day if you have time.  Our muscles get tense as we go through our fast paced lives.  And for those of us who are leading lives that are a bit too slow, stretching is just as important.  Unless there is a good reason for you to sit in a chair for hours, do not sit there. Get up and move. Even if you work in an office behind a computer, get up and stretch every half hour for 30 seconds, or stretch in your chair.

Seven:  Be devoted to a spiritual practice. It does not matter if you are part of a major religion or another kind of spiritual group, or would prefer to read spiritual books on your own.  I have benefited a great deal from reading books by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. You can find their books by visiting www.sriaurobindosociety.org.in As you engage in the spiritual practice of your choice, you will be inspired and motivated to take better care of your body, knowing that it is a temple for your spirit which is a spark of the Divine.

Psychic Medium and Inspirational Author Carole Lynne





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