You have tried everything for your back pain… Ibuprofen, heat, ice, rest, stretching and still it lingers on. You are thinking you are going to have to see someone to see what can be done. You could go see your doctor but all he is going to do is prescribe painkillers and or muscle relaxers, which may be helpful, but will it solve the problem? Who do you go see? What could be helpful?
You have heard of all these different techniques such as Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Reiki, Rolfing and what is the difference with all these approaches. They all claim to help with pain but will they help YOUR pain? How do you know what will help you without having to try each and every one of them?
First off you need to know your body. Are you able to handle a rougher and more aggressive touch or are you sensitive and require a light touch? Rolfing is one of the most aggressive approaches and Reiki is one of the most light touches, and in fact Reiki can be done hands off. If you are really sensitive to touch then Reiki may be the right one for you to try first. Many times Reiki is given combined with other approaches and in those situations it tends to enhance them and many times facilitates improved results.
Another thing to factor in is whether your pain is involving a large area or a small area. Different approaches may be more suitable for a larger or smaller area. I will go into a bit of detail regarding an approach that is designed to address a very specific area of pain and that technique is called Active Release Techniques (ART).
ART has different protocols for each muscle in the body, each joint and even different nerves. The practitioner pinpoints an area with his or her thumb and using active movement strips out scar tissue on that structure (muscle, tendon, nerve, joint etc). It requires a firm and at times deep touch and can be painful but the results are fast as long as the correct structure is identified that is causing the pain.
These are a few of the things to consider when looking to find someone to help you with your pain. If you want to learn more tips on how to choose the best provider to help you with your pain then check out my book Free My Back. I am offering the E-Book version for free! Click here to get a copy for yourself and learn how you can resolve your chronic back pain now.
Did you know that your hamstring muscle could be contributing to your back pain? With it being so commonplace to sit for long periods of time tight hamstrings can be a common occurrence. If you are not aware of the tightness, then it can wreak havoc with your back pain.
Your powerful hamstring muscle is made up of three different muscles – the semimembranosus, semitendinosus and the biceps femurs. The top portion of these muscles attach onto your pelvis and the ligaments that cover the sacroiliac joint. If these muscles are tight then tension distributes into the sacroiliac joint; which can cause low back pain.
When you are sitting with straight posture and you go to straighten out your knee are you able to straighten it out all the way? Can you feel it pulling in your back? If you cannot straighten your knee completely and you feel it pulling in your back then your hamstring is contributing to your back pain. Tightness in one area only distributes tightness to another area and I know you do not want more tightness in your back if it hurts like crazy already.
There are many ways to stretch this muscle but right now I am going to give you the simplest way. Sit nice and straight with support on your back if you can. Straighten out your knee just like you had done to check if it was tight to begin with. Take a strap or a towel and place it beneath your foot and pull to straighten your knee a bit more. Hold this position for 30 seconds. It takes 15 seconds for a muscle to give in to a stretch so that allows adequate time for the muscle to accommodate to the stretched position for the full 30 seconds. Do 3 repetitions on each side for best results.
If you are doing this stretch and not noticing any improvement in your back pain or the flexibility of your hamstring, it is likely that the problem is stemming from your sacroiliac joint. If the sacroiliac joint is not tracking properly, then it will affect the muscles that are attached to the pelvis. The hamstring muscles happens to attach to the pelvis. Remember earlier I had mentioned that the hamstring muscle attaches to the ligament covering the sacroiliac joint? If that sacroiliac joint is dysfunctional it will affect that ligament and that will affect the hamstrings – it is like a domino effect.
If the problem is stemming from your sacroiliac joint then no worries. My book Free My Back details how the sacroiliac joint contributes to back pain and what can be done to solve this dysfunction. I have found there to be 7 steps for resolution of chronic back pain and one of them is retraining the sacroiliac joint to move properly. I outline how to do this step by step in chapter 4. Today is your lucky day because I am offering the E-Book version for free for a limited time. Click here to get access to a free downloadable E-Book of Free My Back. Check it out now and resolve your chronic back pain today!
Have you heard about how effective magnesium is in resolving muscle spasms? If you are suffering from back pain and you do not know about magnesium then it will be life saver for you! It has helped nearly every person I have suggested it to, and a few have even cancelled appointments with me because their pain was completely resolved (or enough that it was tolerable to them).
My favorite brand of magnesium is Cardiovascular research and if you click here you can order it directly from Amazon and discover how effective it is for yourself. Please let me know what kind of results you experience with its use. I love to hear about success stories!
I have found some instances where the Magnesium is not effective and it is almost always related to an adhesion to a nerve. This puts a lot of pressure on the nerve and it negatively affects how the nerve communications with the muscles.
The most common spot I have found nerve adhesions at the calf. It is right where the tibial nerve, which is a branch of the sciatic nerve, goes through the top of the calf muscle. When there are adhesions here it can contribute to those pesky calf cramps that plague you in the middle of the night. It can also make it difficult to balance since your ankle has difficulty adjusting uneven surfaces when you are walking.
No worries though… there is good news for this condition. Active Release Techniques (ART) is a top notch technique and it is ideal for resolving adhesions in muscles and there is specialized training just for nerve adhesions. There are some other techniques that are moderately effective; however, ART is fast and as long as the practitioner is trained and certified they experience a high success rate in just a few sessions.
To find a provider local to you, click here for an easy zip code search. If you happen to be local to Wadsworth, Ohio then reach out to me. I have been doing ART since 2001 and I would love to be a part of your success story in getting rid of your pain
Is this information helpful for you? If so then you will love my book Free My Back and I am currently offering it free in E-Book format. Click here to get access to the the digital download of Free My Back.
Are you wondering what the root cause of your back pain truly is? Despite all the diagnoses of spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and herniation along with many more… the root of the problem may be coming from your pelvis. Read this article to understand more.
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There is always going to be a right wing vs left wing, right vs wrong and unfortunately in healthcare it is Eastern Medicine vs Western Medicine. This is truly a shame because there are benefits to both forms of medicine. If I break a leg and need emergency surgery there is no other place I would rather be than in the US with Western Medicine. However, when dealing with chronic health conditions I prefer Eastern Medicine.
I think a balance between the two is ideal and there should not really be one vs the other. Jeffrey Allen explains perfectly the strengths and weaknesses of the Eastern and Western Medicine. His article was published on the Mindvalley blog and if you are wanting to understand more on how each form of medicine could benefit you then click here to check it out.
Best Regards in Love and Light!