Holistic Health Tips
Compassionate Consulting                       January 29, 2014

null I often hear about low back pain from clients, friends and family so here are a few tips to help you deal with it. I would be terribly remiss if I didn't mention that prevention is always worth taking extra time for. I find myself repeating the same thing we all know but don't remember 'in the moment' and that is: when you need to lift or move some-thing or someone - use your leg muscles, not your back!

Good 'body mechanics' include using those bigger 'muscle groups' like your legs/thighs so that your back is not taking on the burden of heavy items that will cause injury.  My suggestions below will help back pain in general; they are not limited to someone with sacro-iliac pain. 

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                                                                            Sacro-Iliac Joint Pain

One of the most common complaints of low back pain occurs in the sacro-iliac joint (also knows as the SI joint) where the sacrum meets the iliac bone - either on the right or left side of the sacrum. 


This joint can become restricted and inflamed during acute trauma, repetitive motion, pregnancy and poor posture, causing sharp pain directly over the joint.  I still remember the time I bent over to just pick up a Kleenex on the floor and shooting pains went through my low back - my SI joint was in trouble! 


Due to the muscle attachments in the sacrum and iliac bone area, inflammation in the joint may produce low back pain, hip pain, or radiating (sciatica) pain down the leg.  Chronic restriction and inflammation becomes very painful indeed!


What can you do?  

  1. REST! Rest. Rest! This mean lie flat on your back with your legs up on a chair or couch - as you see in the picture to the right - so that your low back is flat. You want to be lying on a hard or firm surface, NOT the couch. Depending on the severity of the pain I would advise doing this for 15 min. periods three times a day.
  2. Use an essential oil blend for the pain - hourly in an acute situation and reducing to 3-4 times a day when your pain level is down to a "5" or "6."  I can make you a custom blend or you can make your own using one of the recipes below. Apply heat over the oils to make them work more deeply.
  3. See a good chiropractor! I really don't think I could say enough about having a good chiropractor. Email me to give you local suggestions in Rochester ☺ 
  4. In case it's not clear, I'm advising all three, not just one of the suggestions above. I'm living witness to this advice - but I also know it has worked well for many people over the years.

Bone & Joint Pain Blend:  Blend these oils together and roll-on the affected area. When severity subsides, dilution can be reduced to a total of 15 essential oil drops in another 15 ml carrier like jojoba oil. 


15 ml Trauma Oil 

6 drops Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

5 drops Siberian FIr (Abies sibirica)

5 drops Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)

5 drops Copaiba (Copaifera reticulata)

4 drops Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)


Sciatic Pain Blend:  Blend well and roll-on the SI joint and down the affected leg. Use during acute pain


10 ml Trauma Oil

6 drops Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

5 drops Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)

5 drops Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)

3 drops Copaiba (Copaifera reticulata)


"I had been bothered by left-sided lower back pain for about 1 week.  I think perhaps it was my sacro-ileac joint, but I don't know for sure what caused the pain.  I visited Jean and she recommended Deep Relief roll-on, Palo Santo, and Copal oils to me, and applied them to my back.  Then she showed me several yoga positions that would help alleviate the pain, and had me lie on her massage table in the Corpse Pose for 20 minutes.  When I got up from the massage table, I felt much better-my pain was gone.  I drove home pain-free for the first time in a week.  The pain never returned as severe as it had been, and it continued to get better with subsequent applications of these oils at home."

C. Clark from Webster

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