Did you know that the lower back pain you are experiencing might be caused by a too tight or damaged fascia? Fascia is a continuous layer of connective tissues surrounding ‘everything’ in our bodies – think of it as a kind of sausage casing covering the entire human body from the eyelids to the tips of our toes. Medicine is only in the early stages of fully understanding the fascia’s purpose, and it is often forgotten about when looking for causes of pain or stiffness as it is very hard to detect and single out in X-rays and MRIs.
I recently read a book, Healing is Voltage, that awards the fascia a very important role in distributing energy in the body. It is a controversial statement as the book’s main philosophy is that everything in the body needs a certain level of millivolt to stay healthy. If you find it hard to connect electricity to health/body/life maybe you could picture a scene out of your favorite medical-series where they try to resuscitate a person with heart failure. The book claims that if you have blockages in the fascia due to an injury, stiffness or inflammation the energy is not distributed correctly to that area. This philosophy ties into the alkaline/acid diet line of thought — Both are based on the fact that the body needs a pH of 7.4 to be healthy; The level of pH dictates the electrical/metabolic functions of the body.
In addition to eating a balanced alkaline diet, the best thing you could do for your fascia is to stretch it! If you stretch regularly you will keep your fascia flexible instead of it stiffening up, causing you pain and/or limiting your range of motion. After I started stretching more, my lower back pain drastically reduced. In addition to stretching you could also try Rolfing. Just don’t forget about the fascia!