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Acknowledgement and Introduction
« on: November 02, 2006, 08:16:59 AM »
Hello Steve.

Firstly, thank you for making the fruits of your experience and your insights publicly available. I know something of the work involved and recognize the passion you have for your subject and acknowledge the sense of mastery I discern in you. Well done.

I have yet to fully acquaint myself with your program but I believe it is of value to introduce myself here now. I trust it is not poor web etiquette to use so much space or that I haven’t picked the wrong place for this.

I am 50yrs of age, I run a small truck doing ad hoc furniture removals and I have been managing my back (lesser knee and now wrist) pain for about 14yrs. The pain first manifest as a pinched sciatic nerve high on my left sacro-iliac joint when I emerged from a cramped position in the back of a small car after a 3-4hr journey, the possible sources of the origional trauma are numerous.

It has been my experience modern doctors don’t know much outside of drugs and surgery so I have largely treated myself with the occasional reference to Chiro, Osteo and x-rays with emphasis on diet, exercise (bush walking, swimming, calisthenics) and the use of a 2-3in diameter (x3feet wide) tube and a shiatsu massage machine as directed by the sensation in the body and my own intuition. It still works, but not well enough anymore. Right Meditation is also effective at reducing the emotion that can gather around a debilitating condition like back pain. And I have also had the use of a TENS machine recently but I don’t know yet how best to use it.

I use the tube to balance my weight on the sacro-iliac joint, rolling back and forth along the length of it and rocking side to side to break up the tension when necessary. I also use a cushioned stool to bend over backwards to counter the stress in my upper back.

Recently I had to stop work for a couple of weeks because of the stress/ache in the erectors on both sides in my mid to lower back (there is also a disc bulge at L4/L5). It sometimes feels like my spine is floating on the sacrum and the pelvis is askew, I feel a light aching in my hips and stress up to my shoulder blades and neck/head. If I work too long or too often the muscles in the lumbar region tighten involuntarily and the curve increases so that I have to make the effort to relax it. My left collarbone was once (20yrs ago) dislocated and never reset. I have now cut down on the removals work and where possible I employ others to do my job, but some heavy lifting is still unavoidable while I look for something else to train as. (The body only gets older now.)

The ache is almost constant but the pain is only occasional, I am grateful for that.

The recent pain event sent me searching for someone who looks like they know what they are talking about and I came across a lot of nonsense, particular answers claiming to be the whole solution. Initially I found your site too commercial for my taste (or my prejudice) and eventually made enquiries about Rolfing but got no reply. Then you emailed me a second time and I had another look and, dare I say it, there, behind what I took to be the sales pitch, was the Holy Bloody Grail (of back pain sufferers). It just made sense. Your proposition that back pain starts with soft tissue (muscle) trauma just makes sense to me. That the body compensates for this unresolved trauma to achieve a semblance of balance shouldn’t surprise anyone. And, the structure unbalanced, stress builds up in the compensating tissue. It is only logical then that this compensation triggers more compensation and further stress until the body can no longer compensate and breaks down in pain, if it hasn’t already done so.

You have said it sounds like my trouble is with the erector spinae on the same side as the pain (which is also the same side as the dislocation) and that makes sense even though I was looking elsewhere for cause. If you have anything to add I am pleased to hear, particularly on the use of TENS or EMS. Otherwise I will be in touch once I have made a start with your self help course.

Once more, thank you.

Regards.   Mark
« Last Edit: November 02, 2006, 08:36:13 AM by MarkBerk »

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Re: Acknowledgement and Introduction
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2006, 05:39:16 PM »
Hi Mark, the EMS on the erectors can be a good way of stimulating the muscles back to a functional state and help the length come back to it thereby releasing the pulling and irritation you are feeling on the hip/ buttock. If you have good health cover the cost can be largely refunded so you should check with the fund and see what they rebate.

Thanks for the other supportive words and we look forward to hearing how you go with your self treatment.



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