Hyper Acidity, Appendix and Varicose Veins (Lumbar 2)

Hyper Acidity, Appendix and Varicose Veins (Lumbar 2)

Physical Issues

One of the most significant growth developments of the spine in adults is that as it grows and extends, the spinal cord stays the same.  What this means is that the spinal cord does not extend all the way to the end of the vertebral column but stops at L2.  After this point, nerve roots extend down the Lumbar sections.  Injuries beyond this point, i.e. from L3 to L5 affect hips, legs and feet.   The physical issues that manifest with misalignments to Lumbar 2 are appendix problems, stomach cramps, hyper acidity and varicose veins.

Emotional and Psychological issues

These conditions show up as a sense of powerlessness in the emotional and psychological bodies.  Individuals become tense quickly and often are plagued by feelings of panic and anxiety.  Energy stuck in this area can be incredibly debilitating as that inner critic full of judgement impedes the capabilities to learn and regain the confidence to manage, love and believe in who you are and what you can do.  Research into the metaphysical aspects of pain indicates this is the area affected by holding onto past hurts and issues.  You may not feel able to let go of the past even though the patterns created by the trauma no longer serves you.  These habitual patterns continue to attract unwanted situations into your life.

Ask yourself how you felt supported, heard and understood by your parents?  What are the ancestral patterns related to supporting each other, especially how a mother has been supported, whether by family or other authority figures?  This then affects how she responds to her children?

 

Pregnancy Issues, Menapause, Bladder and Knee Pain (Lumbar 3)

Pregnancy Issues, Menapause, Bladder and Knee Pain (Lumbar 3)

Physical Issues

Lumbar 3 appears to be the area where a lot of lower back pain is felt.  The shape of this vertebra is slightly different from L5, L4 and all superior vertebra (the ones that lie above it).  Due to the substantial weight-bearing role it plays, the body of the vertebra and its vertebral arch are among the largest of the moveable vertebrae.  There are other slight differences in its formation, which allow for more movement and therefore additional risks of injury.  The spinous process is very large almost rectangular shaped and acts as a strong attachment for the muscles of the lower back.

Lordosis is the name given to the natural curve of the lower back and L3 is at the mid-point of this curve. Hyper-lordosis can be a common problem of back pain, which causes your gut to protrude and pushes your pelvis forward.  Doing squats and deadlifts can cause and exacerbate this condition as can sitting at a computer for hours on end.  Issues relating to the Psoas muscle is particularly common in office workers, however that subject is for another forum.

Other conditions associated with L3 are pregnancy problems, menstruation pain, menopause problems, bladder pain, knee pain often found together with the bladder, impotence and bedwetting.

Emotional and Psychological Issues

When we look at the emotional and psychological conditions that manifest from blockages in this area, we can understand the connection to the physical.  Take the reproductive organs which are the seat of our creativity, conception, initiation, what we want to generate, build and produce.  It gives us a sense of self-worth and holds a reservoir of our personal power.  When we are caught up in frustration and subsequent shame and doubt, the power in our batteries drain like a running tap.

The bladder connects to our cash flow and how we feel about this is or how we relate to money and the control of it.  What is our relationship to the material world?  Is it stuck, flowing easily or does it make you feel helpless, ineffective and impotent? This also applies to our most intimate relationships.  Do they empower of disempower us? How easy is it to express how we feel appropriately or do you have to resort to manipulative means to maintain a feeling of control that was taken away from you when you were a child?

Research into the metaphysical aspects of menstruation and menopausal can be related to a woman’s relationship with her mother.  Were they engaged in a battle of wills due to feelings of confusion through dysfunction in the family?  How was the mother treated and regarded sexually by the father? It also relates to how a woman feels about being a woman. Are you afraid to be a powerful, successful and desirable woman? Do you think it will attract undesirable circumstances that make you feel out of control and suppressed?  This creates a conflict within this area causing pain and discomfort.

With menopause, this often relates to ageing but not always.  Many women feel valued due to their fertility so when this changes, their feelings about their desirability is affected.

Corrections to L3 can realign the physical aspects of the condition thus relieving the discomfort.  By re-aligning the vertebra any nerves, ligaments and other soft tissue that were impinged begin to receive more oxygen thus assisting the body to release any build-up of toxins that might be preventing the ability to bring to the surface, address and release the emotional and psychological conditions.

Success of any of these treatments depends largely on the severity as much as the state of mind, timing, determination and the individual’s willingness to change.  If a person subconsciously experiences a secondary gain that meets a need greater than getting better, they may remain stuck in an ongoing cycle of suffering, until that person or situation that feeds that need changes.

 

Sciatica, Bladder and Prostate Issues (Lumbar 4)

Sciatica, Bladder and Prostate Issues (Lumbar 4)

Physical Issues

Lumbar 4 sits above L5 and is one of the last true vertebrae in the spine, i.e. moveable vertebra.  L4 like L5 is large and bares most of our body weight as well as the vertical compression of the spine. Having a degree of flexibility as well as weight bearing makes it vulnerable to injury, especially in relation to the intervertebral discs above and below this vertebra. Due to the amount and range of movement our bodies perform during the day and or at night, the discs, our shock absorbed get continually squeezed. By the end of the day we can be an inch or two shorter than we are in the morning.  Gravity has a role to play in that as well, however if we are in tune with our body’s natural rhythm, a good night’s sleep will allow the discs to regenerate and bring you back to your regular height.

 L4 is also an area where you are most likely to find herniated discs, degeneration or slipped discs.  L4 can slip over L5 with the result that both of the conditions impinge on the nerve root (sciatic) causing pain to the lower back radiating down the leg.

Spondylolysis can occur when there is a weakening or stress fracture to the upper and lower facet joints connecting L4 and L5.  This is where one vertebra slips over another.  The consequences this can have on an individual’s functioning can be immense if this develops to multiple vertebrae.

Other conditions that are associated with misalignment with this vertebra are lumbago, prostate trouble, painful or too frequent urination. Any injury or blockages to the sacral nerves affect the bladder and bowel.  Remember that all messages and impulses from the brain are sent down the spinal cord out into the rest of our body and back again.  If L4 is out of alignment trapping the sacral nerve, someone may have issues with their bladder, bowel or prostate.

Emotional and Psychological issues

 associated with this misalignment are connected to those of L5 which I discussed in the previous blog. In addition to this are lethargy in digestion, sexual problems as well as feelings of guilt and shame. Research into early trauma and effects on physical health issues look at  people who subconsciously hold themselves back in life in order to allow others to shine sometimes have problems with the bladder.  Deep seated anger and resentment build up from a time of not having their feelings validated as a child.  Their identity and position in the family being challenged or put down.  Being made to feel ashamed of the goal they wanted and never feeling good enough.  This may make you express your boundaries through aggression and control whether overtly or passively.

Research into the metaphysical aspects of trauma in this area also indicates that, it can impact your sexual relationships and choice of partner.  You may feel disempowered during intimacy with your partner.

 If we can just recall from previous discussions, how energy in our bodies can become stuck and blocked, we can imagine it looking like pockets of congestion.  Consider traffic congestion and being stuck in this system day in day out, road works scattered all over the place, accidents stopping traffic, stress building.  What utter chaos this can cause!  Now consider that environment inside your body rather than outside of it.  Once order is restored and blockages cleared, the traffic flows unhindered.  This is true for the blood flow in your system, which holds the vibrations created by our feelings and emotions.

With problems in digestion, the start of niggles and issues may manifest on the left side.  It appears through research that adults who were bottle fed as babies may have experienced more stomach aches and food intolerances as children than those who were beast fed.

The right side of the body seems to store more of the shame and guilt.  It’s the seat of our inner critic who continually beats us with a barrage of admonishments of imperfections and inadequacies.  These are very difficult emotions to feel and as such we will find ways of repressing these until  we are faced with a behaviour in another that becomes increasingly intolerant.  We know that as ‘a mirror’.

Realigning this area assists in our ability to properly digest and process these emotions so that healing and a renewed sense of ‘I’m actually a really good person’ can re-emerge.

 

Problems with the Legs and Feet (Lumbar 5)

Problems with the Legs and Feet (Lumbar 5)

Physical issues

Above the Sacrum sits Lumbar 5 (L5) which is the largest and most inferior of all the vertebrae.  Inferior meaning it is the last vertebrae at the base of the spine above the sacrum.  It holds an incredible amount of weight which means it is the strongest but also takes a considerable amount of impact.  This is where a lot of stress-related injuries happen.

Each vertebra is made up of a ‘body’ which is much of its mass where the intervertebral discs (or shock absorbers) sit. These discs as we know lie in between each vertebra and are made of a strong rubbery fibrocartilage.  Attached to the back or posterior to the body is the vertebral arch, which surrounds and protects the spinal nerves.  Several tiny processes extend from the arch and act as attachment points for other bones and muscles.  The transverse processes which extend laterally or from the left and right of the arch at L5 are points where muscles attach and help to stabilise the spine and flex the thigh and hip.  The spinous process extends to the posterior or in other words the bony bit that you see sticking out at the back.

There are 5 Lumbar vertebrae which are in the lower part of the spine, physical conditions connected to L5 include circulation problems in the legs and feet, cold feet, cramps in the claves, swelling of feet and legs.

In pregnancy, pressure from the baby pushing down on the pelvis can pain, swelling in the legs and feet.  Water retention of just not problems with the circulation pushing blood back up the body.

 Emotional and Psychological issues

Emotional and psychological issues associated with misalignment in this area are connected to the sacrum and include a lack of security, frustrations at not being able to do what you want and remaining stuck in a situation you don’t want, which then connects to lack of self-belief.

Any emotion that you repress will suck the juice right out of you and reduce the body’s ability to function at a healthy and adequate level.  This action has 2 strands that work together to deplete your functioning. The first is the energy of the emotion itself and then the energy required to keep it repressed.

Take a quick look back at the Sacrum explanations as they connect to and impact on the issues related to L5.  In terms of the legs, just have a think about what the legs help us do.  They move us forward in life.  We can walk, run, dance and just basically be mobile and move in any direction we want to easily and effortlessly……well! That is only when we feel fit and healthy emotionally and physically. Check out how you are walking.  Are you striding confidently along your path or are you stumbling along, tripping and banging into things all the time?  This tells you how you feel about the direction you are going in and how confident you feel about it, whether this is your career, job, family, relationship or how you feel about how well you can support yourself financially.

Lumbar 3,4 and 5 are very closely connected in terms of the emotional and psychological issues that are constructed through blockages caused by misalignments in this area.  Guilt and shame are common denominators in these vertebrae, especially in relation to feeling responsible about expectations that are placed on you.  It can be looking after the family or providing a roof over their heads and being able to financially support yourself and maybe others.  This is about our very security and how secure do we feel within ourselves. Problems in the legs can be through anger or frustration over not feeling able to express your needs.  Unable to move away from old habits, people or circumstances that are not good for you.  You may be stubborn which gives you a false sense if power and therefore self-sabotaging and this may be where the pain, discomfort and feeling stuck is coming from.

Muscular pain and discomfort in the lower back area is to do with your attitude, i.e. are you feeling stiff and unbending or lost the ability to be flexible with others.  What or who do you feel resistant to?  Remember it’s about our direction in life, what lies ahead and pressure from others or how we are self-sabotaging our very sense of security.

The physical effects for L3 and L4 are different from L5 and will be discussed in other related sections.

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The Sacrum

The Sacrum

The Sacrum is a large wedged shaped vertebra at the base or inferior point of the spine to which the Coccyx is attached.  The superior end or top is attached to the fifth vertebra by cartilage and ligaments.  The Sacrum is a very strong bone as it supports the upper body and is spread across the pelvis and into the legs.  The Sacroiliac joints are the intersections which secure the sacrum to the ilium bones/hip.  A whole network of cartilage and ligaments help secure the stability of these S1 joints by reducing the level of movement.  This is needed so we can stand up, sit down and basically push off when walking.

Due to the nature of child birth the elasticity of these joints is higher than in men.  Mother’s or expectant mothers may often suffer from lower back pain which may be related to this movement making the joint overly mobile.

Sciatica is a very common ailment when this area of the body is misaligned as the sciatic nerve passes through the pelvic area from the lower back down the legs. Pain in the legs and feet, abdominal problems and chronic constipation are also common issues.

Emotional and Psychological Impact

In terms of the emotional and psychological effects on this area of the body they are very similar to the Coccyx.  The Buttock muscles are attached to this area of the sacrum and coccyx.  This is what we sit on, so metaphorically we should ask ourselves what feelings are you sitting on and not addressing?  Ask yourself are your muscles clenched in this area or relaxed?  This is indicative of our attitude so just ask your buttocks to relax and check you attitude to see if it has changed.  The fears in this area are to do with insecurity and a need for comfort and support.  It’s also about holding onto things and the ability to let go and release things that are toxic in your life.

This is also an area connected to the hips/pelvis which allows movement and direction to be taken once decisions are made.  How do your hips feel?  Do they restrict you moving?  Are you afraid of where your life is going?  Can you let go of past issues and feel strong enough to stand on your own feet?  How are your finances?  Have you lost your job, retired?  Has your relationship with your significant other changed?  It’s all about intimacy and trust in your relationships due to it being the area where the sexual organs are held. We hide our feelings (often in a subconscious way) about sex, intimacy and relationships in this area, sometimes with layers of excess fat.

Sometimes issues in this area are historical and we carry them forward from our mother’s, who carried us in child birth. Researchers in this area with regards to the effects of historical patterns are carried over from generation to generation describe that a mother how has had to support her partner while carrying her child to ensure her security financially, physically or emotionally may have had to sacrifice something in order to gain something else.  What to ask yourself is?  Do you feel you have had to let go or give up something important to you to make progress?  Did you feel unable to express how you felt during a time of significant change in your life?  Did you hold back out of fear of rejection or lack of self-esteem and the decisions made were not what you had wanted.

All these issues can cause pain ranging from mild niggling to complete hip replacements or even more grave conditions.  Unresolved issues left by emotional stress and trauma can cause significant ongoing suffering and pain that often we look to the G.P. to correct and sometimes it may need an alternative approach.

Mia Middleton – MIA-Alternative Therapist

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