Does this sound familiar?
A couple of days ago a pal of mine called me up and asked if I could help him out. He had been under a lot of pressure at work for the past few months and he was feeling the pace. His energy levels were at an all-time low, he described his mood as “irritable” - his words, not mine and he was starting to get a sore back and some headaches.
This is what I told him…
I know you’ve been under a lot of stress lately and that’s exactly what is causing your health problems. There is too much stress in your body. You’re basically leaking energy because of the amount of effort you are using to run your body and mind in a stressed state. All the symptoms you are describing are linked to Stress. What happens is that your brain can’t tell the difference between a “real threat” and a “false alarm” quickly enough and so it reacts to even mildly stressful situations as if they are a hostile threat.
Your brain sends a flood of messages to different parts of your body to prepare it for action. This is commonly called the “fight or flight response” and even though we know this condition exists we can’t do anything to stop it happening to us, or so we are told.
Your adrenal glands start to produce adrenaline and even more importantly your Psoas muscle, which runs from down in your lower back, through your bum and connects into the top of your leg bone starts to tighten up to protect your back during the “fight or flight response” phase. This puts tension into your lower back, hips, down through your knees and feet (runners take note) and sometimes right up into your neck and head. That's where your mystery headaches are coming from.
First of all, let’s deal with your lower back issue with daily Pilates and then over the next few weeks I can teach you some Self-help techniques to lower stress in your body and mind, which will help you get your energy, mobility, and mood back on track.
What you need to do to lessen the tension in your psoas muscle:
- Do some Pilates Exercises Daily
- There is a lovely stretch called “child's pose” that you should use first thing in the morning and when you get home in the evening. Hold the pose for 2 minutes each time.
- Do some hip circles. 10 clockwise and 10 anti-clockwise
- Do some slow, gentle neck circles. 10 clockwise and 10 anti-clockwise