Hamstrings Cause Back Pain?

Did you know that your hamstring muscle could be contributing to your back pain? With it being so commonplace to sit for long periods of time tight hamstrings can be a common occurrence. If you are not aware of the tightness, then it can wreak havoc with your back pain.

hamstringYour powerful hamstring muscle is made up of three different muscles – the semimembranosus, semitendinosus and the biceps femurs. The top portion of these muscles attach onto your pelvis and the ligaments that cover the sacroiliac joint. If these muscles are tight then tension distributes into the sacroiliac joint; which can cause low back pain.

When you are sitting with straight posture and you go to straighten out your knee are you able to straighten it out all the way? Can you feel it pulling in your back? If you cannot straighten your knee completely and you feel it pulling in your back then your hamstring is contributing to your back pain. Tightness in one area only distributes tightness to another area and I know you do not want more tightness in your back if it hurts like crazy already.

hamstring stretchThere are many ways to stretch this muscle but right now I am going to give you the simplest way. Sit nice and straight with support on your back if you can. Straighten out your knee just like you had done to check if it was tight to begin with. Take a strap or a towel and place it beneath your foot and pull to straighten your knee a bit more. Hold this position for 30 seconds. It takes 15 seconds for a muscle to give in to a stretch so that allows adequate time for the muscle to accommodate to the stretched position for the full 30 seconds.  Do 3 repetitions on each side for best results.

Sacroiliac_JointIf you are doing this stretch and not noticing any improvement in your back pain or the flexibility of your hamstring, it is likely that the problem is stemming from your sacroiliac joint. If the sacroiliac joint is not tracking properly, then it will affect the muscles that are attached to the pelvis. The hamstring muscles happens to attach to the pelvis. Remember earlier I had mentioned that the hamstring muscle attaches to the ligament covering the sacroiliac joint? If that sacroiliac joint is dysfunctional it will affect that ligament and that will affect the hamstrings – it is like a domino effect.

If the problem is stemming from your sacroiliac joint then no worries. My book Free My Back details how the sacroiliac joint contributes to back pain and what can be done to solve this dysfunction.  I have found there to be 7 steps for resolution of chronic back pain and one of them is retraining the sacroiliac joint to move properly. I outline how to do this step by step in chapter 4. Today is your lucky day because I am offering the E-Book version for free for a limited time. Click here to get access to a free downloadable E-Book of Free My Back. Check it out now and resolve your chronic back pain today!

Blessings,

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Muscle Spasms? Magnesium Take Me Away!

Have you heard about how effective magnesium is in resolving muscle spasms? If you are suffering from back pain and you do not know about magnesium then it will be life saver for you! It has helped nearly every person I have suggested it to, and a few have even cancelled appointments with me because their pain was completely resolved (or enough to be tolerable).

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer and it also helps calm down the nervous system along with a slew of other benefits. There is a lot of physiology around what Magnesium does, but I will not bore you with the nitty gritty details.

The most important thing you need to do is that it affects the muscles directly allowing them to relax. Calcium, which is great for the bones, does the opposite and tightens the muscles up. If you are on calcium supplementation then most definitely you would benefit from magnesium. It really does wonders for back pain and spasms. In fact it helps for any area of the body that is in pain and spasms including the neck, legs and arms.

My favorite brand of magnesium is Cardiovascular research and if you  click here you can order it directly from Amazon and discover how effective it is for yourself. Please let me know what kind of results you experience with its use. I love to hear about success stories!

IMG_0600I have found some instances where the Magnesium is not effective and it is almost always related to an adhesion to a nerve. This puts a lot of pressure on the nerve and it negatively affects how the nerve communications with the muscles.

The most common spot I have found nerve adhesions at the calf. It is right where the tibial nerve, which is a branch of the sciatic nerve, goes through the top of the calf muscle. When there are adhesions here it can contribute to those pesky calf cramps that plague you in the middle of the night. It can also make it difficult to balance since your ankle has difficulty adjusting  uneven surfaces when you are walking.

No worries though… there is good news for this condition. Active Release Techniques (ART) is a top notch technique and it is ideal for resolving adhesions in muscles and there is specialized training just for nerve adhesions. There are some other techniques that are moderately effective; however, ART is fast and as long as the practitioner is trained and certified they experience a high success rate in just a few sessions.

To find a provider local to you, click here for an easy zip code search. If you happen to be local to Wadsworth, Ohio then reach out to me. I have been doing ART since 2001 and I would love to be a part of your success story in getting rid of your pain

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Is this information helpful for you? If so then you will love my book Free My Back and I am currently offering it free in E-Book format. Click here to get access to the the digital download of Free My Back.

 

Blessings,

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Misunderstood Back Pain

Are you wondering what the root cause of your back pain truly is? Despite all the diagnoses of spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and herniation along with many more… the root of the problem may be coming from your pelvis. Read this article to understand more.

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Personal Transformation

Personal transformation and growing to your full potential can be hard work that is easier when you are supported. Evolution Fest has some amazingly supportive speakers and followers. Check out Evolution Fest here!!! If you are interested in participating in Evolution Fest; however, the cost is inhibiting you then can use discount code EFLMK.

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Personal Transformation with Evolution Fest

If you are interested in personal growth then you know it is a constant process of improvement. It is also a process each and every one of us could also use help and support with.  I have come across many amazing healers and helpers throughout my journey and several of them are going to be presenting at a 3 day event in the Los Angeles area called Evolution Fest. There are leading experts in the fields of mental, emotional, physical, financial and essential core health who can help to guide you through your own personal and powerful transformation.  I invite you to check it out to see if is a good fit for your path of healing and transformation and if it is then see what you can do to make it happen. Check out the tickets by clicking here.

HUGS to you in your transformative healing process!!!

Lisa Marie Keller

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East vs West

There is always going to be a right wing vs left wing, right vs wrong and unfortunately in healthcare it is Eastern Medicine vs Western Medicine. This is truly a shame because there are benefits to both forms of medicine. If I break a leg and need emergency surgery there is no other place I would rather be than in the US with Western Medicine. However, when dealing with chronic health conditions I prefer Eastern Medicine. east west

I think a balance between the two is ideal and there should not really be one vs the other. Jeffrey Allen explains perfectly the strengths and weaknesses of the Eastern and Western Medicine. His article was published on the Mindvalley blog and if you are wanting to understand more on how each form of medicine could benefit you then click here to check it out.

Best Regards in Love and Light!

Lisa Marie Keller

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It is all about perspective…

When you are standing in front of an obstacle… such as getting past your pain, it may seem daunting. However, once you are past that challenge in life you can then see it from a different perspective. Take this staircase for example. circular staircase

When you are at the bottom of the staircase it really seems like a long way up and may even seem to be a bit daunting. However, once you get to the top and look down you see this image. You can then see the beauty in the staircase and maybe then appreciate the trudging climb up the stairs to get to the top just for that different perspective.

What beauty do you think you will see in your challenges and your pain once you overcome them?

It is always nice to change you perspective.

HUGS!

Lisa Marie Keller

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Reclaim Your Power

Are you powerless to your pain? It may seem that way…. almost like there is nothing that you can do for it. Maybe you feel stuck with NO way out. Is it worth feeling that way?

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There is one essential step in overcoming pain. That is reclaiming your power. Knowing you have the power to change and that you actually have power over your body. It is YOUR body after all. It is your vehicle for this lifetime. Who told you that you did not have control over your body anyhow? Here is the next step in reclaiming your power. I want you to take 3-5 really deep…. I mean REALLY DEEP breaths. Allow your full ribcage to expand so far you have no choice but to allow your belly to expand as well.

After those 3-5 deep breaths I want you to check in again with your body. Do you feel more relaxed? Maybe just a notch or so less pain? Your mind may be more centered and it is easier to think clearly. Now claim your power. You have the power to change your body so take your reigns now!

HUGS of Power to YOU!!!

Lisa Marie Keller

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Spring, Supermoon, Eclipse!

Today is the first day of spring, there is a supermoon tonight and there is also going to be a lunar eclipse. Wow what a big day! Of course where I am living, it is supposed to snow tonight. This is not an unusual occurrence for the first day of spring. Sometimes it seems like mother nature has a bit of a sense of humor since just a few days ago it was warmer than 60 degrees.

eclipseHave you noticed that the cycles and phases of the moon affect your pain? I can honestly say that is one pattern I have not paid much attention to. However, with the supermoon (meaning the moon is at its closest point to the earth while being a full moon) and a lunar eclipse to boot I just started thinking about it. I know that the moon can affect a persons mood and of course the emotional state can improve or worsen pain. So it would logically make sense that the moon would affect pain. I did happen to notice today that many people were acting more erratic today… maybe because of the moon or maybe it is just a weird coincidence.

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I know weather affects pain and that is because the barometric pressure changes affect inflammation. This affect on inflammation can worsen or improve pain. This is very apparent where I live because it can be rainy, cloudy, snowy one hour or one day and the very next sunny and clear skies. This wreaks havoc on those with chronic pain and arthritis. I get to hear all about it when I am working with the elderly.

So now, I am going to pay more attention to how the moon cycles affect peoples pain. You may want to pay attention to different cycles of nature and see how it affects you and you may be surprised to see a correlation.

HUGS!

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Release Your Light

This picture really just stirred my soul. I would love to be present with such an event. It makes me think about how each of us has a light inside of us that needs to be released. lanternsWhen you are in pain it seems like there no longer is a light. I guarantee you that is not the truth. Your light is still shining brightly just under a shroud of pain.

The pain is temporary, regardless of how permanent it may seem. If you really want to release your light up into the air for all to see then you will be one step forward in getting rid of your pain. The desire to acknowledge yourself and express yourself is important in the healing process. There are many fears associated with pain. There is alot of guilt as well and maybe even feelings of “I deserve this pain”.

You are your own worst judge. I am certain there are as many wonderfully amazing things to share with the world as there are times you messed up. Quite honestly, there are likely more amazing gifts for you to share than times you messed up.

I encourage you to find those gifts beneath your shroud of pain and release them into the world for all to see… just like a paper lantern.

HUGS!!!

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