Desk job? Then you're probably no stranger to lower back pain - the achy feeling that lingers long after you've left the office.
As Zeel Expert Minki Kim explains, "Western culture requires us to sit for prolonged periods of time, drive for hours on end, and relax while seated, watching TV or playing video games." Lower back pain is also a common symptom of-besides years of built-up tension-structural imbalances, poor movement habits and emotional trauma.
The problem: Once stress manifests itself in the lower region of the back and spine, it can be difficult to eliminate. One solution may be structural integration, a field Minki specializes in. He goes on to explain how.
Zeel Expert and Structural Integration Professional Minki Kim
Fascia, the protective sheath of connective tissue that protects our entire body and gives us our shape and form, tends to conform to our most common postures. This contributes to structural imbalances and back pain. For example, if you are sitting at your desk for prolonged periods of time in a collapsed, slumped posture, it is likely your fascia will adhere to this position, causing chronic tension, rigidity and strain throughout the body.
By aligning your major structures (head, neck, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles) from head to toe vertically with structural integration, and raising body awareness to correct inefficient postural habits, odds are you'll ultimately feel less back pain and generally revitalized.
"Obviously," Minki adds, "there are other reasons why lower back pain happens to a particular person, but the explanations are more evident once his or her lifestyle and health history is offered." In other words, if you're someone who experiences chronic low back pain, it's best to work with a professional who can assess your case and personalize your treatment plan.