How To Stop Back Pain With Rolfing Structural Integration

January 5, 2015

(0:00) In the first video, I’m going talk about structural integration and how it works
(0:04) well for back pain.
(0:05) One of the primary reasons why people come into my
(0:09) office is for back pain
(0:10) and for most people, they’re experiencing
(0:13) lower back pains somewhere in this lumbar region,
(0:17) sacroiliac pain down here possibly with radiating sciatica,
(0:23) and sometimes with numbness in the legs and such,
(0:26) people will get mid-back tightness and pain,
(0:30) and upper back tightness and pain.
(0:33) So the thing about
(0:37) lower back pain, to start with,
(0:40) is that lower back pain can be the result of a couple of different
(0:44) situations.
(0:45) One, either this lower back area is extremely tight and compressed
(0:49) which happens often if a person has a very strong stomach muscle or they have
(0:54) a valley
(0:55) or if they’re in spasm down here –
(0:59) sometimes it will spasm up and it’ll be completely tight.
(1:02) The other low back pain
(1:05) situation I often see is where the upper and middle back are extremely tight
(1:10) and the lower back is completely loose –
(1:13) It’s the exact opposite where there is no stability.
(1:17) So either way you create a situation where the lower back curve flattens out
(1:21) and you get a weight bearing on
(1:28) the vertebrae and on the intervertebral discs
(1:31) which will sometimes push them into the spinal nerves that come out of the spine here
(1:36) and surge from various areas are the the body. For some people
(1:40) it’s more a muscular issue. For some people it’s degenerated into a more of a
(1:45) nerve and soft tissue degeneration issue.
(1:49) So depending on how far along you are, the
(1:53) less far along you are the more quickly you’ll experience relief –
(1:57) that’s for low back. If you’re far along in the process,
(2:01) you will still experience relief, but it will take longer.
(2:04) I don’t know of anything that works better for
(2:08) long-term disc problems or
(2:12) alike. Now, short term – different story,
(2:15) and that’s something that you can consult with me privately on, but long-term –
(2:18) absolutely. Short term lower back pain and tightness,
(2:22) rolfing is great for that. We loosen up the area in the lower back.
(2:25) For the lower back situation where it’s too loose,
(2:30) where it’s too loose and the upper and middle back is tight, that’s great because we
(2:34) loosen up the middle and upper back – all this in the first session,
(2:39) the very first session. So the first session is a
(2:43) fabulous session for lower back pain, any kind of back in general, because we work
(2:48) all along the back
(2:49) and all along the front of the torso and the connectors,
(2:52) the main connectors, to the pelvic girdle
(2:56) into the shoulder girdle. So, for
(3:00) any kind of back pain, the first session of structural integration is a fabulous
(3:04) start. I encourage you to try it. Know that I never ask people to come in and do
(3:10) an entire series. People will call me and be interested in that and I’ll just tell them
(3:13) “No”.
(3:14) Try a session, see if it’s going to work for you,
(3:17) and then make the decision. When you feel
(3:20) the change in your body, a change in your body that you’ve never felt before,
(3:23) something that has changed your body in a way that you’ve never experienced before,
(3:28) that’s powerful, and you’ll either feel that you won’t and if you do,
(3:32) why then, it’ll make sense probably to do more. If you don’t,
(3:36) why then, it probably won’t make sense for you to do more –
(3:39) either one is fine. Tomorrow I’ll send you another video
(3:44) for the series. It’s not going to be on back pain – it’ll be on a different
(3:47) topic.
(3:48) See you then.

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Brandon April 7, 2015 at 3:35 am

I live in Bali and this video made me want to seek out help from someone who specializes in Rolfing techniques here. Its clear that back pain is way more complicated than I thought, and that there are a lot of moving variables at play here. I’ll be doing some more research on this, and with some luck will have a session in Bali if I can find some one. Great video!


admin April 16, 2015 at 11:43 am

Hi Brandon- neat website! You can find a list of Rolfers in Bali here: I cant vouch for whether or not the list is current. My colleague Jeffrey Bomes was a longtime Bali resident, just moved to Seattle last month- otherwise- I’d send you to him straightaway- having experienced his work first hand.


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