Community giving is an important part of our business values here at Constellation. So, last September, we started our successful Pokes events. This was an opportunity for us to offer monthly sliding scale community acupuncture (CA) with all proceeds donated to a non-profit organization. In June we switched up the format, partnering with with local artist and healer Sarah White to organize Pokes for BIPOC, offering free treatments for folx who self-identify as black, indigenous, or persons of color. In total, we raised over $3,000 for ten amazing organizations, and provided over 160 sliding scale and no-cost treatments.
In the first installment of the Your Beautiful Back series, we talked about pelvic tilt, and the effect the position of your pelvis can have on the health of your back. This week, we are focusing on how to appropriately brace your core to support your spinal health.
Bracing is when you activate specific muscles in your core to keep your spine in a neutral position while you move. It’s something we learn to do as kids as we grow and build our body awareness, but as adults our movement becomes limited, our body awareness and abilities may decrease, and suddenly the brace is forgotten like an elementary school Tamagotchi.
Dearest readers, thank you for jumping on board this new venture with me. I am so excited to have the opportunity to share some of my personal expertise with all of the incredible Constellation clients. In this series, Your Beautiful Back, my goal is to offer you small changes you can make that will help you manage your back pain through simple changes in your patterns, as well as some easy at-home movements.
Maybe it feels like I am making a big assumption that your back hurts, but according to National Institute of Neurological Disorders, about 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. So, even if you aren’t experiencing it now, you may at some point.
What do you reach for on a hot summer day to quench your thirst? Ice water, iced tea, iced or frozen something? If you said yes, you are in good company. We’ve been brought up to believe that iced beverages are the best thing to cool our bodies in the summer heat.
But let’s look at what actually happens to our bodies when we ingest cold/frozen liquids or foods: