The lower back was getting very tight but it would always loosen off quite quickly when I started moving. Then last week we were out for lunch at a pub in the country and afterwards while walking round the loch I decided to climb a tree (!) and I got this massive back spasm that I've been recovering from all week.
I've had episodes of back pain over the last 15 or so years and am used to it but each time it really makes me appreciate basic health and fitness.
When you cannot move due to intense muscle spasms literally immobilising you, when you cannot put your own socks on or wipe your own arse then all this health and conditioning discussion seems a bit stupid.
It is only when you are injured that you truly appreciate what it is to be fit, mobile and healthy. Of course when you are well, you soon forget to appreciate what you have.
I coudl blame it on tight hip flexors but part of my back pain I am sure is about stress and I am really sympathetic to the whole Sarno approach - the idea that sometimes the pain is derived from your subconscious - your mind is giving you the pain to distract you from what is really stressing you. Emotional factors are really important for lots of pain and illness.
Sonnon's mobility stuff is related to all this too. His mobility booklet and the full book - Free to Move - talk about the impact of emotional factors e.g.:
Common mental and emotional issues faced as a result of the lower back not being Free to Move:
- Feeling unsupported
- Feeling insecure
- Lacking stability
- Lacking community development
I think there is more to it - massage really helps me too. Maybe it is just a placebo, but it works. I'm always looking for other placebos or course - hence some of the things I refer to in this blog.....
Art Devany has remarked before that the body is the subconscious. I think posture has something to do with it as well. When you are weighed down mentally, your posture collapses too.
There is a good interview with Sarno here.
And another is below: