Saturday, January 19, 2008
Low Back Pain
This is one of my favorite Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques for assisting clients with low back pain. When the psoas muscle (and others) tugs anteriorly on the spine, it can cram the facet joints closed in the lumbar spine. Here we take a client into a side lying position and ask them to do pelvic tilts. When pelvic tilts are performed it asks the joints to open and close, in this case we want the joints to open more, so concentration is placed on posterior tilt, or thrusting the pubic bone forward. Sustained pressure is applied, creating more resistance to clients effort, thus creating more movement in spinal segment upon effort.