They say that money is the root of all evil, but did you know that money could also be the root of your low back pain? Well, not money itself so much as fear, worry, and anxiety about money.
You see, money concerns are a stress, and stress evokes that lovely fight or flight response that causes reflexive muscle tightening. Besides the neck and shoulders (which I devoted an entire post to in March), we also tighten our hip muscles (aka butt cheeks) in response to stress in an age-old attempt to protect our reproductive organs. And tight hip muscles = hip, low back, and possibly sciatic pain.
While the neck and shoulders respond to pretty much every stress, we tend to involve the hip muscles when the stress is related to money, creativity, safety, family, and security. I can hear your collective “Whats and Whys?” from here. Well, the answer is three-fold. First, the ancient instinct and drive to procreate and quite possibly the ancient instinct and drive to “practice” procreating causes us to make our reproductive area as small a target as possible. (Remember, the body interprets ALL stress as a physical threat.) Second, as adults our primary responsibility is to our family – assuring their safety and security by preserving our own. And we need our reproductive organs to create and expand that family. Thirdly, the low back and hip areas are home to two of our major energy centers, the base chakra (also called the root chakra) and the sacral charka. The base chakra is related to family, safety, and security, while the sacral chakra is related to pleasure, deservedness, and creativity. When we have unresolved stress related to a chakra, the corresponding body areas often tighten up and/or become dysfunctional.
So what can you do if money, or lack of it, is having a negative effect on your low back? First and foremost is to have a good stress management strategy. This might include meditation, mindfulness practice, yoga, exercise,relaxing music, enjoying a hobby, getting a massage, and using aromatherapy to beat the stress back. A few good essential oils for stress relief are: Roman chamomile, lavender, geranium, patchouli, frankincense, and ylang ylang.
I would love to hear what you think. Have you ever experienced low back or sciatic pain when you had money issues? Have you used any of the above mentioned stress management techniques? If so, how did they work for you? If not, do you have one that works for you that you’d like to share?
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