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.