The Spine Health - Part 2
Taking care of lumber (abdominal / lower back) region
The Spine at lumber region acts as a fastener for abdominal organs. Stomach, liver, pancreas, spleen and kidneys are suspended like a bag hanging on to a stick (the stick of course is the spine). The lumber region is very delicate and numerous back related diseases occur in the lumber region. This could be anything from low back ache, sciatica, slipped disc and menstrual troubles to organ displacement.
The problems in lumber region are due to unequal distribution of body weight. This unequal distribution is due to one of the listed reasons. Obesity, poor posture, excessive flab on abdomen, wearied out footwear, standing / sitting for long hours.
In Yoga, we suggest asanas for building balance (Tadasana, Vrksasana (in the picture), Ardha Chandrasana) and the asanas that reduce abdominal fat (Cycle crunches, Paschimottanasana, forward bends etc). The first step for good lumber heath is wearing the balanced footwear. Your body weight should be equally distributed on your feet. People usually stand with body weight on the heels which eventually protrudes the abdomen and creates high level of stress on lower back. The next thing is to check the ergonomics of your office chair, car seat and sofa at your home. Finally, adequate rest is required to maintain the health of lumber region.