by Deb Garbutt,
Foodsmiths Natural Body Care manager
If you have ever been kept awake by lower back pain (like me!) I recommend trying this simple exercise:
Lying on your back with arms extended and knees bent (try putting a pillow beneath your knees) take a slow, deep, belly extending breath. Feel your lower belly filling during inhalation, like a balloon filling up. Then slowly exhale for a 10 to 15 second count, allowing your abdomen to release and sink. This slowly opens the pelvis and releases tight muscles. Go slow, don't force your breath. If necessary, build up slowly to the 10 second exhalation count. It may take practice. And if you feel any discomfort, stop! The point is to feel release of tension.
Repeat, letting your body sink with each breath and relaxing your lower back.
Another thing that has worked for me is a combination of Pure Lab Slow Release Active B-vitamin complex, for nerve support, and Pure Lab Magnesium Glycinate to help relax muscles. Two magnesium caps with one B-vitamin cap, and follow the label directions.
As always, consult your health care practitioner for persistent back pain, and before beginning any vitamin/mineral regimen.