Lumbar 1 is the smallest and most superior of the Lumbar vertebrae before moving into the Thoracic section of the spine. If you placed your hands under the lowest ribs and slid them round to the back to the spine you would be close to Lumbar 1. It is between this vertebra and Thoracic 12 (TH12) that the spinal cord ends and breaks into spinal nerves, which thread throw and down L1 to L5. Like its fellow vertebrae that make up the lumbar section, L1 supports most of our body weight and helps to stabilise it.
Many muscles that flex, extend, rotate and stabilise the lumbar spine attach to the Spinous processes which extend laterally (to the sides) and posteriorly (to the back), which we are aware from previous discussions. The difference with this is that due to the limited movement of TH12 sitting superior (above) to L1, it has an incredibly difficult job to maintain one position but allow flexibility in another. The thin transverse processes and narrow spinous process which points more inferiorly (downwards) than its neighbouring lumbar vertebrae allows for this level of flexibility, while the smaller but thicker vertebral arch provides a safe and protective container for the spinal cords and nerves.
Physical conditions associated with misalignment with this vertebra are problems with the large intestine, disruption in circulation within the intestine, constipation and diarrhoea. Fear, stress and anxiety can trigger conditions like these in the system. What is often found connected to these symptoms on an emotional and psychological level is when someone is faced with making a new start in their life. It brings to the surface fear and difficulties letting go of the past.
Research into the metaphysical outcomes of these issues indicates a link to internalising emotions and your need for love. There is often a link to a love/hate relationship with an influential person in your life whether parent, or other carer who made you feel powerless and without a voice as a child. A negative association may have been made to being loved, which then creates a cycle of happy moments in your life being sabotaged with resulting feelings of resentment and unexpressed anger. Expressing yourself as a child may have provoked confrontation and being rejected or abandoned. This creates a situation where you hold onto your feelings and emotions for fear that you will not be accepted for who you are and won’t be listened to. Anger and resentment build up inside which results in explosive outbursts and you develop a pattern where you feel this is the only way you can reclaim your power and identity.
There is a symbolism in holding on and letting go, being able to move forward when the mind and body want to stay still and survive the unprocessed memory of what once caused you to feel powerless and hurt. Life is in constant motion, therefore trying to resist the change or motion will inevitably cause stress. Often the lower back pain connected to this area is the sound of that fear and judgement that prevents us from taking the next step.
Ask yourself these questions: Do you attract bittersweet circumstances and if so when do you remember the first one?
Do you feel the need to hold onto things? It can be emotions or materials things and benefits?
What as your experience as a baby with being nurtured? Do you have loving images, none or uneasy feelings when you recall these?
Do you trust people?
What part of your character do you feel you need to toughen up and why?
All these questions may help you link in with what your body is trying to get your attention about and just by gaining an awareness you will start to breathe again and start the healing process.