Lower back pains: past injuries or from old age, you can’t avoid it

Wenting Ang
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Young adults wearing waist and back support belts are becoming increasingly more common and is setting a worrying trend. 

Doctor Chen from Xin Fu Tang Taiwan observed that many in their 30s and 40s are using back support belts to treat and manage their lower back pains. “Generally in acupuncture clinics, the highest percentage (of patients) has lower back pains,” he shared. 

Carrying heavy objects during their younger years with improper posture is one of the biggest reasons why many are dealing with lower back pains at a younger age in modern times. Improper posture can easily cause both the back and waist muscles to work in stressful conditions, unconsciously harming these muscles in the long run.

Master Yin Quan of Bai Yin Qigong shares an anecdote from a patient who had neglected his back pains for more than 20 years, from his 20s to 50s, taking only painkillers to minimise his pain. It took a slipped disc which made the patient immobilised before he sought help, both through medications and qigong to better his condition. 

Having to sit for long hours, especially those working in offices, is also one of the main causes for lower back pain amongst young adults. 

Sitting with the waist bent forward for long hours, a common occurrence for those who face the computer at work, will cause unnecessary stress on the back muscles. Without moving much for hours, the lower back muscles tend to tighten, leading to soreness and pain if left untreated for long.

Weakened kidney qi also contributes to an increased in back and knee pains. This is, however, more evident among older patients and can be treated with a combination of kidney qi medications and qigong techniques. 

According to Doctor Chen, qigong is one of the recommended ways to regulate both qi and blood circulations. Using the right qigong techniques, patients will be able to prevent blockage of both qi and blood in the body. 

For those with lower back, neck, or shoulder pains, the spine loosening qigong technique is recommended to help release stress from your muscles. 

Spine loosening technique (40 seconds/set) 

  1. Shake your head sideways lightly to relax

  2. Using the same shaking movement, continued down to the shoulders and body while still shaking your head 

  3. Continue down to the legs until you are shaking your entire body lightly

  4. Inhale and start to bend down forward slowly

  5. Exhale while using shoulders to lead the body downwards until your hands are at the knee level, then lowering your head to face the ground

  6. Inhale and start to raise up. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed

  7. Repeat steps 1-7 for three times

Ending technique (Cooling down)

  1. Raise both hands from the sides to the top of your head

  2. Gather the qi at the top of your head into an imaginary ball

  3. Move the ball of qi downwards from the front of your body

  4. Clench your fists and bring both of your legs together