LOWER BACK PAIN - TRIGGER POINT OVERVIEW
Low back pain is ubiquitous, affecting seven out of ten people at one time in their life, and costs the US economy more than $50bn every year in lost productivity and healthcare. Furthermore, it can be acute or chronic (over four months’ duration), and symptoms may vary in duration, region, and intensity.
Trigger point release can be an extremely effective component in the treatment and management of acute and chronic low back pain. Here we offer one simple trigger point formula that works for us time after time. In combination with this soft tissue release, we have found the following very helpful: vertebral adjustments, somatic emotional release, and a thorough analysis of gait, posture (including working posture), and sporting activity (or lack of it).
STEP 1 Study the anatomy and direction of the muscle fibers.
STEP 2 Prone ICT to: Gluteus medius (STP)
STEP 3 Massage (cross fiber) low back region generously
STEP 4 Prone ICT to:
Lumbar erector spinae
STEP 5 Massage spinal muscles.
STEP 6 Supine ICT to:
Anterior ramus of diaphragm (costochondral margin)
Rectus abdominis (outside edge)
STEP 7 Repeat all these steps 3 times.