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.