Low Back Pain No More
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Bob Cooley explaining the actual source of most back pain and what to do about it.
Common Misconceptions of Low Back Pain, Hamstring Flexibility in Both Lengthening and Shortening Capacity, Inability of the Hamstrings to Shorten Structurally Stressing the Low Back, Suspension/Compression of the Lower Back, Flexion and Extension of the Pelvis, Bladder Meridian/Type Associations and the Lateral Hamstring
Bladder, Brain, Pancreas
Horizontal Low Back Pain, Vertical Back Pain, Prostate and Bladder Issues, Hopelessness
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Let's talk about no low back pain. Now when you're talking about low back pain, everybody thinks the pain's coming from their back. I agree, you're feeling pain in the back. I completely accept that you're feeling that, but it doesn't come from the back. It's coming from your lateral hamstring on the outside of your leg. Let me explain why.
What happens is that when your lateral hamstring is flexible enough, when that muscle is flexible enough, it can adequately shorten more. So some muscles in your body need to be longer when you're in a normal standing posture and other muscles need to be shorter. And a lot of people's have a pelvis that is really rotated down and forward and what that means is that the hamstrings are too long because they can't adequately shorten and the muscles on the front and side are too short because they can't lengthen. And then most people would think the short muscles are pulling the pelvis into a flexed position, but instead it's really because the hamstrings are not long enough. If they were long enough then they would have the capacity to shorten and would pull the bottom of the pelvis down and then the pelvis would extend and rotate backwards. Then you wouldn't have such a curve or a compression in your lower back.
So when we're talking about low back pain, it's because you're normally, for whatever reasons, carrying too much dense fascia and scar tissue in your lateral hamstring. And you can go on The Genius of Flexibility webpage and it will show you very simple stretches on how to stretch out your lateral hamstring and there's a lot of different versions to do that. And when you do stretch out your lateral hamstring, what ends up happening is that your lower back (which is normally compressed, arched forward and pushing your ribs forward) is going to begin to decompress as your hamstrings now can contract to pull the bottom of your pelvis down into extension. This will allow the curve on your back to decrease as your ribs come more into your body and your spine will naturally begin to be pushed up and forward.
So low back pain is one of the biggest medical problems in the Western Hemisphere. And everybody's thinking a person has weak abdominals. I'm assuming people don't necessarily have strong abdominals, but your abdominals can't compete with the fascia and scar tissue in your hamstrings. So if you stretch out your lateral hamstring, and say your Liver on the inside of the legs (these adductors) and also the other hamstrings on the back, then they're those muscles that are going to contract and pull your pelvis into extension and that's going cause suspension in your lower back. And then the tissue in your lower back can start healing. Muscle tissue heals and tendons heal and ligaments heal and intervertebral disc heal. These are regenerative types of tissue. So it doesn't matter if you've had back pain for 30 years, if you change your hamstrings, you can start to reverse that and have a very young body and potentially a better body than you had as a very young teenager.
The lateral hamstring, that's associated in particular with low back pain and vertical pain in the low back, is also associated with your bladder in traditional Chinese medicine. And the bladder is also associated with the prostate in the male. And what happens in a male after age 40, if this muscle group gets too short, is that this shortness can cause problems in their bladder of frequent urination and/or problems in their prostate. So if you have either of those things that are associated with your low back pain, it's telling you, "Boy, you gotta really do something about this. It's not just a physical problem now it's gone into physiological problem." I don't think you want that.
Also, the lateral hamstrings are associated with money and promotion in business. So if you get particularly stressed, distressed in your life in terms of business or money, that muscle group will start to create too much dense fascia and scar tissue. So if you're in a situation where there's financial distress or money issues, then go stretch out that muscle group and it will connect you to that part of yourself/personality type that knows how to generate money and knows how to be promotional. That's important. Also the lateral hamstring, that's so associated with suspension in your lower back, is also associated with being very hopeful. So if you find yourself not being hopeful, it's probably because of this muscle. And so what you want to do is instead of giving yourself a hard time about not-being hopeful or trying to make yourself hopeful, is just stretch that muscle group and its contiguous muscle groups that go into the calves, into the foot, up your glute, up your back and over the top of your head. And when you stretch those muscle groups, what ends up happening is that you become more promotional, more honest and more hopeful. And you start balancing yourself by being a little more self-centered instead of being so overly other-centered. Psychological change happens.
It's associated with an emotional type (Bladder Type) this lateral hamstring muscle group, so it's important to know that this muscle being flexible has a lot to do with how you're being socially and engaging with people socially. So that's how you get rid of your low back pain. The way you want do that is by going on the web page, the geniusofflexibility.com, look up the bladder stretch that will help your lower back and give you suspension there and start doing those stretches. Give yourself a little time now if you've had back pain for long period of time. You probably want to give yourself a couple weeks of doing it 10 or 15 or 20 minutes a day and be very careful of course when you're doing those. And keep feeling the muscle when you stretch it so you can feel how that tissue is getting more pliable and gushy like your bicep and instead of being hard and full of scar tissue, which is probably what the tissue is like if you have a problem in your lower back. And then your body will probably begin to tell you that if you're going stretch this muscle group that you have to stretch the balancing muscle group on the other side. And if you stretch this (the lateral quad) then you're probably going to have to stretch the medial hamstring. All that's on the webpage to teach you how to interface with it sequentially in order to get rid of that problem.
I'm 71. I don't have back pain. So I highly recommend that you don't have it either. We're the same species, if I don't have it, you don't have to have it and I was hit by a car at 70 miles an hour. So I think you don't have to have that. We're talking about a problem that's showing up somewhere, that's coming from somewhere else you would have never imagined. Try it and find out if it's true. Prove it to yourself. You're the authority on your own body. Have a great time.