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Structural integration (including Rolfing)

Structural integration aligns, balances and lengthens the body by pressing into the connective tissues of the body and maneuvering them back into place.

I have lower back pain. What type of massage is best for this type of pain?

Minki Kim (Astoria, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Lower back pain is a very common symptom of structural imbalances, less-than-optimal movement habits, emotional trauma or blockages, and an accumulation of years of tension and stress that may manifest in the lower region of the spine and back. Western culture requires us to sit for prolonged periods of time, drive for hours on end, and relax while seated, watching TV or playing video games. Fascia, the protective connective tissue sheath that protects our entire body and gives us our shape and form, tends to conform to our most common postures. This contributes to structural imbalances and back pain. For example, if you are sitting at your desk for prolonged periods of time in a collapsed, slumped posture, it is likely your fascia will adhere to this position. causing chronic tension, rigidity, and tension throughout the body. By aligning your major structures (head, neck, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles) from head to toe vertically with the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, and raising body awareness to correct inefficient postural habits, odds are you'll be feeling revitalized, with less back pain. Obviously, there are other reasons why lower back pain happens to a particular person but the explanations are more evident once his/her lifestyle and health history is offered. If you have any more questions regarding this issue, please feel free to ask through To your radiant health and wellbeing, Minki Kim
Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
Hello: Any massage can help though I would also tell you how to correct your posture. Heat helps relax the muscles. stretching helps loosen them. I deal with low back pain alot in my practice so I can help.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Deep tissue massage Neuromuscular, Myofascial, Facilitated Stretching, Thai Yoga massage, Myoskeletal Alignment, and a regular regement of raw foods and yoga with plenty of pure water to drink!
Anne Hoff (Seattle, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
I can speak to the modalities I know best: 1. RolfingÃ'® Structural Integration will likely be of great assistance if the pain has a structural component such as poor posture, an injury, or compression. 2. If you are very sensitive and need very gentle touch or unwinding, craniosacral work could be very effective. 3. If there's a possible visceral (organ) component - such as low back pain with menstruation, or a history of constipation, then it might be good to check out visceral work, a modality that gently releases structural strain around the organs.
Jennie Mison (Philadelphia, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
This question cannot be answered like this because there are too many possible causes for back pain that require specialists. These possible causes include: Lumbar disk issue - chiropractor kidney issue - your physician Tumors - oncologist Without knowing more about your lower back pain, when it occurs, where you feel it, what makes it worse or better - there is no way that anyone can satisfactorily recommend a massage style or anything else that will help.
Julie LaFrano (Breckenridge, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Depends. Everyone has a different preference. Mot people would saydeep tissue massage but sometimes that is even too much for some bodies to handle. GO and try different techniques to see what helps best. Some people love raindrop therapy(aromatherapy), Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Thai.....and so on.
Kimberly Deane (Media, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
Deep tissue massage and acupressure would do wonders. Often it's the gluteal region that can cause the lower back to hurt. Sometimes it's from the erector muscles that run up and down your back. Once they are released, the pain goes away. Sometimes deep pressure applied to the quadratus ,which is a deep square muscle in your lower back, will give pain relief. Sometimes it's a combination of all of the above. But yes, deep tissue massage could be very effective.
Jonathan Liem (Monrovia, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Ah, the infamous lower back pain. Announcing you have lower back pain is like saying I have hair on my head. It's not very specific. So to help you get started, here are a few questions first. Any injuries in the past few years? Car accidents? Sports injuries? New job? Lower back pain is an umbrella term for lots of things. Short answer? It depends on you. Really. Some people think there is one right way to address back pain. I would suggest a broader approach. For example, if you just hurt your back, I wouldn't do too much massage at all. Hot packs, rest, not moving, and seeing a good sports medicine specialist or chiropractor that's competent. If you have been having chronic back pain, try to figure out what's causing it. Is it a nerve or a muscle problem, or both? Is it from a trauma (accident or injury) or something that slowly builds from workplace or repetitive motion? Research has shown that painful massage is not beneficial for helping the body heal. So I would recommend first, that you find out more about your own problem. It's not helpful for a practitioner to recommend anything to you with so little information. That said, I have found with my own clients, that non-acute back pain can be helped with a mix of Swedish, hot stone, and myofascial work. Again, that is a big generalization. Hope this helps. If you are serious about this, please talk to your primary care provider first, to make sure it's not a medical condition. If it's just a minor backache, sure, go get a massage. But to find out more about your symptoms.
Krystina Morris (Louisville, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
I would recommend you look into a Rossiter Workout with a certified instructor. Rossiter is a natural stretching exercise that can eliminate back pain. I began my career after having Rossiter work done on me. While a good myofascial release or deep tissue massage will help, the Rossiter will be your solution.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Oct 10, 2014
If you have been evaluated by a medical professional to find out if your pain may be a spinal, disc, or muscle issue, you are in a better position to decide about massage. If the pain is due to stressed muscles, a deep tissue massage would be appropriate.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Oct 10, 2014
If you have been evaluated by a medical professional to find out if your pain may be a spinal, disc, or muscle issue, you are in a better position to decide about massage. If the pain is due to stressed muscles, a deep tissue massage would be appropriate.
Barbara Bell (Arlington, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Deep tissue massage would be best.
Micah Harris (Marietta, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
There could be a number of reasons why your lower back hurts. It could be a QL (Quadratus Lumborum) problem or a glute problem that could be causing your pain. Those are two possible reasons why it hurts. I would try a normal Swedish massage with moderate pressure.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
First off, what type of low back pain are you feeling? If you have any pain that is radiating down the legs, pleas see a chiropractor ASAP. If not, most low back problems stem from a weak core. Stretching and strengthening your core is the next step.
Jennifer Forte (Ithaca, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Lower back pain can be caused by several different muscles, therefore it can be approached in a few different ways. I find that my clients benefit most when their entire back is worked, along with their glutes, hamstrings and calves. All of these muscles are postural, and when tight cause lower back pain and tension. Let your therapist know what your level of comfort is. I would most likely use Connective Tissue Therapy (deep tissue) and Neuromuscular Therapy (trigger point work) to help relieve this issue.
Kit Knowles (Portland, OR) on Oct 10, 2014
The best type of massage for you will depend on the cause of your lower back pain. Important factors include your medical condition, any injuries or illnesses (both recent and long term), and the kind of lifestyle you lead. Discuss these with your massage therapist and you can narrow down your choices.
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Over 90% of all lower back pain is caused by the piriformis muscles. You need to stretch out the piriformis muscles and flatten out the sacrum in a technique otherwise known as a sacral-release. The reason is that the pirifprmis muscles are the only muscles that attach to the sacrum laterally and there for are the only muscles that can tilt the sacrum laterally and pinch the nerves in the lumbar (lower back) area.
Joseph Weger (Ft Mitchell, KY) on Oct 10, 2014
One of my specialties in massage is therapeutic deep tissue massage. I have found that deep tissue work is typically the most effective technique for eliminating or greatly reducing chronic lower back pain. I must also add that the work must be done correctly. The painful area must be properly prepared first by warming up the muscles and increasing blood flow to the region. The muscle is then far more receptive to deeper work. Deep tissue must be slow and gradual and be sensitive to the client's pain threshold. Even if the cause of the pain is not muscular but structural (nerve-related), a massage can often help tremendously. A pinched nerve from a herniated disc, for example, will cause spasms that result in chronic muscle contraction and pain. This tension can be relieved through massage.