Understanding Back Pain by Gaylene Aitken

The past thirty-three years of my life have been primarily focused on understanding human movement, developing bodywork skills and learning the functional requirements of a healthy body.

I started out on this journey collecting techniques, modalities, and certificates, believing prescriptive therapy would provide solutions for postural discomfort.

What I’ve discovered for myself and applied in all aspects of my life, if we want to change anything that’s not working for us, we need to go to the cause instead of focusing on the effects.

This is especially evident with back pain. A good massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, or osteopathic treatment will help ease the pain and temporarily reset the structure, but the reason why, is largely ignored.

This has become my specialty, offering insight into the cause and guidance to change postural patterns creating the problem.

I look at the human body as an electric, water based moving organism, the brain is operation central, a receiving, recording and responsive electrical system that takes care of the body, keeping it safe. Everything needed to keep this living structure fully functional and healthy lies within the body.

Our body is subject to the opposing equal forces of nature, gravity and earth rebound, therefore skeletal alignment is of paramount importance for the nervous system to carry out its remit of safety and be fully functional.

Back pain starts at the feet and works its way up the body through the joints. If the feet are out of alignment with the hip sockets, the weight of the body dropping towards the earth is no longer evenly supported, generally ending up on the outer edge of the foot, creating a rotation at the ankle joint as an adjustment to keep the body upright. All the joints above the feet will then make similar adjustments, ending at the head. Muscles take up the role of structural support at these adjustment points, eventually restricting full range of motion. Tension becomes the mainstay of structural stability impacting on cellular oxygenation and removal of wastes, fatigue, and extreme discomfort.

The structural makeup of the spine is designed to flex and extend sequentially through the individually shaped vertebrae and discs, a beautiful, choreographed flow of self-adjusting, coherent movement.

Reclaiming your birthright of a lifetime guarantee of full range of motion and functional resilience requires an open, adventurous mind, willing to explore outside of conventional strategies and solutions.

Developing awareness of your body within motion can provide you with insight into the cause of your pain. It’s not for everyone, as it’s not a quick fix or prescriptive, it’s a way of being, a physical based psycho, spiritual transformation that has the potential to manifest one’s limitless creative potential.


Gaylyn Aitken

Kahuna Mist began operations in 1996 as The Body Care Centre and changed it's name to Kahuna Mist in 2001. Owner and founder Gaylyn Aitken was trained by Kahu Abraham from 1997 until his passing in 2004 and continues with his work of evolutionary transformation through movement.

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