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

Arthritis

Arthritis

The hurt that is unspoken, the anger that goes unexpressed and the self-criticism that hardens our thoughts into self-destructive immobilising pain.

“What the…. are you talking about, it’s arthritis, that thing you get when you get older, everybody gets it”? It’s what we expect.  That’s the way it is.  Interesting comments and ones that are not uncommon when arthritis is discussed. It’s something that is expected to happen to us as if we have no control over what happens to our bodies. We accept something ultimately damaging to eat away and crumble our very structure of life. Sounds crazy right!

What is Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Reactive Arthritis but inflammation, a build-up of toxins, an auto-immune disease that attacks the membrane of the joints. What is inflammation but something hot and angry. What are toxins but a build up of toxic thoughts, behaviours and attitudes, usually erupted by the abusive and thoughtless behaviour of others which become our own thoughtless, critical abusive self- sabotaging behaviours.

Movement and change become limiting as joints become rigid and painful. An interesting symbolism for what happens psychologically and how then is reflected in our attitudes towards our lives.

What you find is that people who have been very active are often hiding a tendency to be overly-disciplined and self-critical.

I here you say WHAT!!! [MM1] Isn’t Arthritis a natural part of ageing? Not necessarily! Influences of ageing appear to be habits and perceptions.

Arthritis is a bit like allowing someone to take up residence inside of you who is constantly berating, criticising, disempowering and rejecting all aspects of you. Oh yes! We take drugs to try to manage the pain but it’s still there, which is a bit like sticking you fingers in your ear and humming lalalalala to ignore the constant irritation.

So, what’s the answer Sherlock? I hear your say. If there was one answer for the whole population of the world, the drugs would have worked by now but the Newtonian concept of how the natural world works seems to have been proven wrong, i.e. take connecting elements of a system apart, check for the source of the issue and then try to control the outcome by just focussing on that specific part. That’s ok if we were living in a world where things were solid matter with solid boundaries, but they aren’t. However, we do still like to try to bang a square peg into a round hole.  We live in a quantum field where everything is a fluid flowing, interacting and reactive whole. Everything affects everything else and I mean everything.

Yeah yeah! Ok! So, what do we do about it? Remember earlier on I spoke about ageing as a concept of habits and perceptions? Well what perceptions do you want to become a habit?

Think of the habit and perceptions as the person you are allowing to take up residence in your body. We will call him or her “Paininthehabit” for now.   Remember your body should be your best friend because it works harder than anything or anybody else in your life. It looks after you better than anybody else in your life and what do we do but ignore, reject and feed it toxic stuff. If your best friend was in pain and suffering from a debilitating illness, think about what you would do and say to help that person. You would go to lengths to make sure they were not harmed, kept safe and well. Take care of them and show them they are loved.

Ask yourself these things:

·     Have there been times when you needed to be heard and acknowledged only to be ignored and dismissed?

·     Do you fear saying No due to fears of being rejected, abandoned and judged harshly?

·     Do you feel more validated, recognised and noticed if you take on more responsibility?

·     Do you feel you are destroying yourself due to perceptions of guilt and shame that seem to haunt you?

·     Being loved and comforted may not have been a pleasant experience for you in your earlier life or as an adult. It may have been conditional on ensuring another person’s needs are met. Do you feel inadequate when you have to show love and overload yourself with responsibilities to avoid that situation?

·     What does it feel like to do things for yourself that make you feel good about you bring you comfort?

·     Do you do things that provoke either being verbally or physically attacked just to get that feeling of adrenaline?

·     Do you need to approval of the opposite sex or gender that rejected you as a child. You may have a low intolerance due to feeling manipulated into doing things that did not bring you joy. Do you attract partners who reflect the way that influential mother or father made you feel?

·     Often Arthritics have clenched and distorted fists, so is there something or someone you want to hit out at and have not been able to express these frustrations verbally where you feel you would be listened to and understood?

These are just a few things that can build up over time and make you feel resentful or not in control, so you feel the need to be overly controlling in order to feel safe and this is where these hard-rigid behaviours turn into the invading, limiting and eroding effects of arthritis.

Awareness of this is the first step to evicting Arthritis from your life, physically, mentally and emotionally. Acknowledging that we all are affected by perceptions which do not belong to us and it’s ok to say a polite F*** off when things are not good for you is another. When we are children this response would probably we frowned upon, so being more aware of ourselves as adults really is of prime importance so that we teach our children a healthier way of living.  One very important point is that, ordinarily we don’t just allow any random person to take up residence in our homes, so please be more discerning about who and what you allow to influence your perceptions.

Take good care of your beautiful, forgiving selves folks.

Body mind messages / Symptoms mean change

Body mind messages / Symptoms mean change

When we feel unwell, a symptom often expresses an issue that we have been ignoring, denying or repressing. Sometimes it seems easier to just let life carry on the way it has been and put up with the discomfort. Recognising the meaning behind the symptoms is often the beginning of the journey to better health but in order to get on that bus we really have to want to get well first. The natural state of the body is good and balanced health. It has an innate functioning without our interference to maintain a healthy state of being.  The chronic pain develops when we choose not to listen to what it is telling us and decided to ignore it’s pleading, carry on doing what we are doing or holding onto the illness for more subtle motives.

One of the most intimate relationships we will ever have in our lives is with our own bodies. It is our first connection to life. A relationship is simply a connection to another. Naturally this relationship should be our No.1 friend, our ‘Bestie’ but it is often the most judged, mistreated, ignored and neglected part of ourselves. 

What makes our relationships with others great? What are the values of being a great friend. What is a parent’s love like towards their children? What do we do in our favourite relationships with others. We love to talk, have fun, mess around, learn, expand our knowledge, do things that make us feel good. We connect and can’t survive without that connection. How often do we connect with our bodies, who are our best friends in the entire world? How often do we check in and say, ‘Hey buddy how you doing’ today? How you feelin’? What’s your day been like? Is there anything I can do to make your day better? Yep! It may sound crazy and a bit of a laugh but is that a bad thing?

It takes courage to take responsibility and commit to our own healing. This means change by releasing old behaviour and thought patterns and embracing new ones. Changes often has wider consequences outside of ourselves in our external environment, impacting on our spouse, children, parents, friends, work, social life etc, which places a level of pressure on how we manage our ability to commit to our healing. First and foremost, we need to have the courage to shake off expectations and judgements created by generations of others, that have moulded the way we have created a separation between our minds and our bodies.

There are some questions below you can ask yourself to understand what your relationship is to your illness, condition and pain. I say ‘your’ as unless we start taking ownership and have a dialogue with ourselves about how we create our own discomfort, we will continue to ignore, deny and blame it on external sources.

I think probably the same principles apply to most relationships that go a bit awry.  

Before you read these questions below, try to find a quiet place without distractions where you won’t be disturbed, so you have time to chill out, take a few deep breathes. Talk to your body gently and with compassion as if you were talking to a child or friend in need of help and support. Ask your body to relax and unwind, then write down your answers to these questions. It will start your journey to wellness.

1.What is the function of the part of the body causing discomfort? What does it do? What does it enable me to do and how does it relate to other parts of my body?

2.What side of the body is affected? The right side holds and directs our masculine energic system. This energy is what drives us it’s goal orientated, pushing forward, making progress, logic, facts and self-interest. If our life is too rigidly structured our masculine energy may be overactive and out of balance.

The right side holds and directs our feminine energetic system relating to intuition, feelings, openness and unselfishness. When this is out of balance we are unable to stand up for ourselves or ensure our needs are met. Other people’s opinions determine our sense of self-worth.

3.Describe your condition? Is it hot, cold, stiff, aching, stabbing pain, throbbing, etc?

4. How is this condition affecting your life? Does it stop you from going to work? What can you no longer do? Do you need to be looked after? Does it feel like a loss or are you glad this has happened?

5. What major events or changes have happened in the last few weeks or months or even years? Have you dealt with the feelings associated with the event? Has a previous trauma resurfaced? Rejection, abuse, betrayal, crisis at work?

6. Have you experienced this illness before? What are the emotions you are feeling with this condition? Are they like any past emotions? What was happening at that time?

7. How does this condition make you feel? Do you feel guilty, a failure? Are you getting enough space for yourself? Does this condition distract you from deeper issues, such as fear or insecurity? What effect is it having on your relationships?

8. Can you see yourself getting well again? If someone offered you a cure right now, how would you feel? BE honest! What are the benefits to you having this illness? Why would you be scared to be well? How would your life change if you were well?

Pull these answers together and don’t be afraid to look at what your body is telling you as a lot of people will be experiencing something similar to differing degrees.

Becoming whole means bringing all parts of ourselves into the light no matter how painful or disturbing that may be. Never an easy process.  While we continue to deny, ignore or try to push away parts of ourselves, we prevent ourselves from healing and moving forward in our lives in a healthy way. Our bodies, minds and souls always want us to be proud of who we are, care about ourselves and embrace our unique and miraculous being, which is why it will push us in all ways to listen up.  

The Human Biofold

The Human Biofold

I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the analogy between a human life or lives and the life cycles of trees.

We know that the rings in the trunk of a tree are a record of its age. It is not only a record of age but also how that tree has experienced life throughout its many cycles. We also know that the formations of every living thing on this planet including rocks and other inanimate objects omit a field of energy which is continually vibrating at different frequencies. Associated to this, our human bodies have an electromagnetic field that surrounds it, which is affected every second by what we do, think and feel but did you realise that the frequencies that are emitted from us never disappear and look like the rings of a tree!  This is our biofield, which is a record of everything we have experienced in our lives since birth and beyond ( possibly even prebirth and beyond, although that is another topic). These frequencies or vibrations are stored in our physical, mental, emotional and etheric bodies and manifest as different conditions depending on the outcome of life experiences, positive and negative.

Our bodies are like file drawers containing records of every emotion and state of mind. An example of this may be someone who experiences the trauma of a loss, whether this be a job, a break-up or some other significant change in that person’s life. Sometimes this can manifest as problems and conditions in the feet, ankles and lower legs. If it is the right foot, this usually holds the energy of how a person feels about taking their next step. How severe or recurrent the condition is, reflects the state of mind and how he or she will be able to progress, move forward or remain stuck. This is the theory Eileen Day Mc Kusik who has written about the human biofield has discovered.

The rings in the human biofield work in the same way as the tree. The most recent experiences are closest to the body, so depending on your current age will determine how wide your biofield is. Our biofields bounce off and connect with each other.

Just like the tree the older it is the more character it has. Whether it has a sturdy solid base, or bits have been split and broken off it due to stormy weather or unthinking people deliberately creating the damage. We begin to realise that nothing in this world can stand alone independent of another.

I suppose one of the reasons I wanted to share this with you, was as a way of nurturing an awareness of the responsibility we all have not just for ourselves but for every other living organism on this planet. What we do, think and feel has more of an impact than we often care to imagine.

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