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Alix2010-07-05 03:02:13 +0000 #1
OK, please please please help me.

The right side of my back is in spasm. I can breathe into it and settle it somewhat but the most minute movement will have it spasming again. I'm aware I must be holding on to something and need to let go, but I'm completely stumped about what. And frankly, the pain is so bad I can't focus at all. It takes every ounce of my will to breathe into the spasm.

I can find some relief standing in mountain pose (tadasana? forgive my misspellings) and I can find relief lying flat with my legs up the wall. However, it is brief and fleeting.

Does anyone have any help they could offer? I'm about at my wits end here.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 03:10:50 +0000 #2
Hi Alix,

Spasm is the body's way of self-splinting to prevent a movement or action it has perceived as damaging and would like you, the human, to not repeat.

Now, for clarification please is it your entire right side of the back body that is in spasm or is it more localized than your post intimates? In order to look after it properly it would be helpful to get an idea of what is in spasm.

First the nutritional pieces. Avoid wheat, dairy, and refined sugars. Increase hydration foods which would include drinking water and eating more fruits and vegetables. No caffeine. The foods you eat now should be Yin in the body. No spicy foods please.

Next, anti-inflammation. Whatever you do to reduce inflammation in your body. Perhaps you take Zyflamend from the health food store. I prefer to brew up a turmeric beverage consisting of rice milk, tumeric, cardamom, a pinch of safron, and a perppercorn, brought to taste after cooking with some agave or honey. If you'll actually DO this and do it twice a day then PM me and I'll give you the exact instructions.

Asana wil be very difficult especially if you've pulled a deeper muscle like the Quadratus Lumborum. I would not, at this point, advocate Tadasana and Viparita Karani. Instead, Supta Padangusthasana with a strap. That will release the lower back.

For now you need to quiet. On your back please with knees bent. Exhaling, draw the left knee toward the right chest going two inches less than your full range at this point in time. Then inhale back to starting position and, exhaling, bring the right knee toward the left chest. Use the hands on the shin for the drawing action and keep the back body in contact with the floor, including the shoulders and back of the skull. Do 12 on each side and do this every half hour until you have some ease. Then once an hour after. This must be very focused work with the mind placed in the area of spasm and the breath directed where the consciousness is placed. The back body must be relaxed, grounded, and connecting with earth energy.

Additionally a warm epsom salt bath will be very helpful and frequent applications of massage oil to the skin to settle the nervous system. If you have organic, untoasted sesame oil use that directly on the area where you are having spasm. At least twice a day, once in the am and once at night before bed.

This is as much as I can give over the internet.
Mirjana2010-07-05 03:26:58 +0000 #3
This is rather a question than a suggestion. InnerAthlete could you maybe answer? Would feet massage help? I normally use a golf ball, going gradually deeper and deeper into the foot. As far as I'm informed influence the whole body?
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 03:47:43 +0000 #4
Mirjana,

you are, of course asking about an area where I do not have expertise but merely knowledge. So I'll answer accordingly.

Both the foot and the ear, in certain systems of healing/wellness/wellbeing are "maps" of the human body. In classical Chinese medicine the ear is very significant and there are acupuncturists who treat the larger organism of the body through the ear (though not exclusively). Reflexology, while I'm not sure it is directly associated with one system (it may also have grown from Chinese medicine), works on similar principles, that of activating meridians or channels in the body to stimulate energetic flow.

To my mind there's no disputing either of these modalities in terms of their efficacy (effectiveness). They just plain work.

So the basal answer to your question is "of course" a foot massage in the right places and right way would contribute tot he healing of the spasms Aliz mentions.

The issue in this case is whether the person with the spasm should be spending more time on their feet. I would imagine some rest is necessary - perhaps a lot depending on Alix' lifestyle and the message being sent from the body. Rolling the golf ball under the foot while sitting would be worth a try. Doing so while standing, considering the nature of what's going on, might be unsafe or detrimental.
Alix2010-07-05 03:57:17 +0000 #5
Inner Athlete, thank you for a very succinct and complete reply. Unfortunately, I was unable to get back to the computer at all in the last few days as stairs were out of the question for me.

The spasm begins just below my scapula and extends to my pelvic girdle. I have resorted to taking methocarbamol for relief. It is so tight I look like one side of my body is shortened by about 3 inches.

I will attempt lying on my back and doing the knee raise you describe. I will do anything I am able at this point to ease this. I will admit I'm a little frightened to attempt this as lying on the floor, I might not be able to get back up!

The entire right side of my back is involved as I cannot tilt my head without causing another sharp spasm.

To my knowledge, I have done nothing unusual to cause such a dramatic event. I keep going back to the stress in my life at the moment. I am trying to meditate but my focus is shot.

As far as the food intake is concerned, no problem there. I have been mostly eating homemade chicken soup with lots of veggies in it. I am well hydrated as well. Is it necessary to stop the dairy entirely? I am eating yogurt with probiotics in it as I had a course of antibiotics and I want to balance things again.

Thank you again for your help.

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