Back Pain

Rolfing effectively relieves chronic back pain

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a board-certified Internist and head of a fibromyalgia research clinic in Annapolis, MD, says “Rolfing is a very powerful tool, and a very important tool for me to have for my patients. People who have suffered from chronic pain for 20 years will be amazed at how their pain goes away.”

Rolfing can provide effective, sustained relief from chronic low back pain. A recent case study by Certified Advanced Rolfer John Cottingham MS, PT, and Certified Advanced Rolfer Jeffrey Maitland, Ph.D., described how a 19 year-old woman’s chronic low back pain disappeared and did not return after her fifth Rolfing session. Previous chiropractic, massage, and exercise treatments only provided temporary relief.

Cottingham also stated that “The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy recently cited that patients with chronic low back pain may respond better and sustain longer improvements when treated with alternative treatment protocols like Rolfing.”

Research shows that  Rolfing significantly reduces chronic stress and changes body structure. Trauma is a pervasive fact of life; its sources can be both wide ranging and often hidden.

“Billions of dollars in wages are lost yearly due to lower back pain. Research says one out of every seven people suffer from this difficulty,” states Jim Asher, an international expert on the Rolfing approach to chronic back pain.

At the recent international “World Congress on Lower Back Pain,” Asher joined with osteopaths and chiropractors to take a more precise look at advanced research on joints. Asher stated, “Rolfing examines the whole body, not just the area in pain. When the neck or back compresses from stress, injury or disease, it rotates and can cause discomfort. A Rolfer observes where the body is foreshortened and lengthens the fascia (connective) tissue to realign the body and help relieve the pain.”