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Back Pain

Do you suffer from “untreatable”, chronic back or pelvic pain?

Are you tired of trying treatments and therapies that don’t really make a difference?

Have you already been to the orthopedic specialist, massage therapist, physical therapist or other highly-skilled professionals without getting real relief?

Then you have come to the right place. We specialize in helping people who have “tried it all” and are still living life in pain.

How? By getting to the root cause of your pain and discomfort, and figuring out why your body keeps coming back to an unhealthy, uncomfortable place.

Before we experience pain, we don’t pay attention if we are stiff, rigid or even can’t do things that we enjoyed doing before. We deal with it until one day, all of sudden we feel excruciating pain in the back.

Several things can create back pain, such as tension, trauma or strain, poor posture, stress, improper sleeping positions, overuse of a muscle and sedentary lifestyles. Pregnancy often is accompanied by back pain due to the added weight the mother to be carries in her lower abdomen.

Here are some of the more common conditions you could have pain in your back Quadratis Lumborum muscle tightness, Illipsoas muscles tightness, Sacro-Illiac joint pain, Erector Spinae muscle tightness, rectus abdominus muscle tightness, trigger points, and stuck fascia.

Quadratis Lumborum (QL) muscle tightness. The QL's are muscles that go from the top of your hip bone to the lowest two ribs of your back. They help to form a muscular wall on your lower back, and they are responsible for "hip-hiking", or raising one of your hips. Hula dancers use these muscles a lot. If one or both of these muscles gets tight, it can cause your hips to go out of alignment, which will place stress on your entire body.

Illiopsoas muscle tightness. This muscle connects from the inner side of your femur (thighbone) and up to the lumbar spine. It is responsible for raising your leg. If you work a job where you sit a lot, it's possible that this muscle is being shortened for a long period of time. In fact, it may be shortened long enough that it decides to stay that way. When you stand up, this muscle is stretched, and if it does not like being stretched anymore, you get lower back pain as the lumbar vertebrae and the muscle tendons are stressed. This muscle is very deep in your body, it does not live on the surface. To release this muscle in a massage, you would lie on your back, and get an abdominal area massage. The massage therapists hand would actually work through the belly, gently moving the small intestines aside, and finally reaching the muscle. You will know it when this muscle is touched, as this muscle has probably never been touched before. Very specific techniques are then used to coax the muscle into relaxing, and in addition, several stretches are used on this muscle to help it remember the "glory days" of being long again.

Sacro-Iliac (SI) joint pain. This joint lives down in your lower back; it connects your sacrum and your iliums (hip bones). There are many ligaments in this joint, and if they get stressed, pain can ensue. Massage can help to relieve some of the pressure on this joint, which can lower pain.

Erector Spinae muscle tightness. These muscles run the length of your back, all the way up to your neck. There is a set on each side of the bony spine bumps on your back, they can often feel like two long ropes. They are responsible for keeping you standing straight, and arching your back. They also get used a whole lot if you improperly lift objects with your back instead of your legs. Trigger points love to hang out in the Erectors.

Rectus Abdominus muscle tightness. If your abs are too tight, they can pull you forward (imagine doing a sit-up while standing). As a result, your erector spinae muscles have to work extra hard to compensate for the pull from your abs. Abdominal massage can help to address tightness in the abs.

Trigger Points (and tender points). Trigger points and tender points are similar. Both of them are a specific pinpoint area of your body that has a sharp, intense pain when pressure is applied. A trigger point goes one further; when it's pressed, the pain can be felt in other parts of your body in somewhat predictable patterns. For example, if you have a trigger point at Spot "A", when pressed, you will also feel pain at Spot "B". Trigger point and tender point releases are not particularly fun, as the massage therapist will need to press directly on the point with significant pressure until the pain stops. The theory behind this is that the pressure stops blood from flowing into the affected area, and after a long enough time the affected area "passes out". Once the area wakes up again, it has no hangover and resumes normal operations.

Stuck fascia. Fascia is a connective tissue that wraps around our muscle fibers. It's possible for the fascia to get a little sticky, which will cause muscle fibers to stick to each other ("adhesions"). When muscles get sticky, they are not able to move around as easily, and this can cause stiffness. If they get really sticky, then the muscles can get stressed because they are not able to move, causing pain. Myofascial Release is a technique that helps to free up the connective tissue again so that muscles have their mobility.

Chronic back pain arises gradually. For whatever reasons that we listed above, your muscles become tighter every day, and gradually they start to pull bones out of place. The more they pull bones, the more muscles became tighter. You started to develop imbalance in muscular system. The body is very intelligent. It does whatever it takes to get away from pain. It shifts even more to decrease the pain, but it can take so much until it is exhausted. Then we start feeling pain and looking for help.

Back pain is the most common cause of discomfort and disability for people. It is also the main reason people miss work. Anyone who has had a serious bout with back pain knows how debilitating it can be.

Maintaining a healthy back is vital to your overall health. As your own information runs through your spinal cord - sending messages that affect every aspect of your health—you want to do everything possible to facilitate its proper function.

An ancient adage from Yoga states “You are as young as your spine is flexible.”

The good news is that most back pain can be prevented by keeping the muscles and joints strong, flexible and mobile. In order to do that, you need to adopt an exercise program that works for you, such as stretching, swimming, walking, or weight training. Regular stretching exercises can ease the tightness that limits range of motion. But be patient! Just as these changes happen very gradually over the years, you should allow yourself plenty of time to begin correcting these trouble areas. If your job requires you to sit at your desk a good part of the time, you may find quick relief in getting up frequently.

Medical Massage Treatment

Your therapeutic massage sessions help to get rid of your back pain. Back pain develops over time to the point where muscles pull the skeletal system out of alignment. The key to getting rid of your back pain is identifying which muscles are out of balance... and then simply bringing them back into balance... without the use of prescription drugs or costly surgery.

On the first visit the therapist evaluates the patient by screening gait patterns and measuring the positioning of the body to determine musculoskeletal distortion, biomechanical dysfunction and soft tissue pathology that causes these patterns. An exacting analysis of proper posture and biomechanics explains the cause and effect relationship to pain. Once we know how your body works, we can determine the reason why you have pain and the other symptoms.

Then the therapist develops a treatment plan that is based on the knowledge of your body. We don’t guess, we know how to treat you because of exact analysis of your body and understanding of your problem. Your therapeutic massage treatment is custom designed for you because we apply pressure and specific techniques that are unique only for your body. That’s why our treatment in treating your back pain in Holistic Medical Massage Clinic is effective and different from others.

Once the body is balanced, the patient is able to restore an efficient way for energy to move. Free energy is used by the body to work more efficiently and improves all physiological activities.

As a result, therapeutic massage will:

  • relieve muscles spasm, tension and pain while improve muscle tone.
  • prevent or delay muscles atrophy resulting from forced inactivity.
  • stretch connective tissue to reduce the danger of fibrosis.
  • reduce inflammation, swelling and pain in joints and increase ROM.

Arthritis suffers note less aches, stiffness and pain.

  • In case of bone fractures it helps the retention nutrients for tissue repair.
  • bring balance in the body that will heal itself.

It is important to understand that when rehabilitating injured soft tissues, certain steps should be followed and a proper order established to ensure the fastest possible recovery without re-injury. These steps are:

  • Eliminate spasms in the tissue
  • Restore flexibility to the tissues and musculoskeletal distortion and biomechanics
  • Rebuild the strength of the injured tissue and build endurance

If rehabilitation is attempted without following this order, it is our experience that re-injury usually occurs. In order to eliminate spasms and restore flexibility therapeutic massage with neuromuscular approach needs to be done that we offer in Holistic Medical Massage Clinic in Tacoma.


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