Rolfing® for Back Pain
Updated: May 17
My Chicago Rolfing® practice often deals with problems that affect the muscles, bones, connective tissue and joints of your body. Most importantly, a Certified Rolfer™ affects the fascia which surrounds and permeates the entire body. At a basic level, a Certified Rolfer will gently apply pressure through different layers of connective tissue . At a deeper level, Rolfers are changing the structure of your body to create more balance and alignment, and function to improve movement in the entire body.
Visiting a Certified Rolfer for back pain
After your initial phone consultation with your local Rolfer, you will have a good idea of what the Rolfing process consists of. During your first visit, we'll review the information discussed in the phone consultation (health history, goals etc.), perform the appropriate assessments and then begin your session which will include manual touch therapy and movement education. View my recent blog post What Can Someone Expect From A Rolfing Session for more information.
How many treatments will you need?
Rolfing sessions are typically performed over a series of sessions known as the Rolfing Ten Series. It is a systematic approach to balancing the body and freeing the different layers of connective tissue (fascia) to support better alignment. Simply put, a Rolfer puts things in the right place so you can move better, feel better and get on with enjoying your life. Sessions run for 90 minutes and are spaced every 1-2 weeks apart depending on the severity of your condition, the results you want to achieve, and time commitments. It is not essential that you go through the entire Ten Series to receive benefit. Some people come in for one session to see if Rolfing is for them. Others come in for the first 3 sessions and feel they've received adequate restoration. Most who come to my practice have tried everything under the sun only to experience temporary relief. In this case, clients are fully vested in their process and decide to complete the entire Ten Series.
As clients go through this process, they realize how restrictions in their walking gait and places like their feet, knees, hips, shoulder girdle and head have been affecting their problem area. It's more than relief of pain. It's a process of discovery, learning and increased awareness of one's body. Rolfing care can also be a lifelong choice to keep you on a path of well-being and keep your body smoothly functioning, coordinated and supported. After completing the Ten Series, it is recommended that clients take some time off at their own discretion before receiving another Rolfing session. After that, you can decide how often you'd like to come in for sessions on an as needed basis which can be bi-weekly, monthly, semi-annually, annually or however you feel based off of your new goals.
Many athletes, dancers and day to day people continue to see a Rolfer even when there is no acute pain, as regular sessions can keep you aligned and in peak form. As a Rolfer, I'm not just there when it really hurts; I can be in your corner frequently, keeping your body communicating at a high level and keeping connective tissue supple, fluid and mobile.
What causes back pain?
Back pain is one of the most common health conditions in the country affecting about 80% of the population at least once in their lives. The back is a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles all wrapped in connective tissue. Damage to any of the structures can lead to back pain. Most back pain is acute and can go away in a few days to a couple of weeks. It's when things go longer that we need to take a deeper look. Back pain has a long list of causes and we are all likely to suffer at some point in our lives from injuries, poor posture, obesity, psychological stress, as well as but some less likely, back sprains, back strains, disc degeneration, herniated discs, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, arthritis. Each of these can lead to back pain.
Some tips to prevent back pain
My original career in personal training offered me more insight into advice which can help prevent back pain. Maintain a healthy diet and weight. Stretch, exercise and/or get your body moving in some way. Even light walking helps. Look for more ergonomic options at work. Find the appropriate clothes and shoes which offer more comfort/support and less restriction.
While this is not an exhaustive list of tips, it’s a good starting point on the road to optimum back health. Pay attention to what helps and what doesn't.
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