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How to Fix Your Back Manually

Fixing Lower Back

I will briefly describe some manual techniques applied by some massage therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors. To treat lower back disfunction a pateient sits on the table in front of the therapist. Therapist places one hand over the dysfunctional area and the other hand on his/her shoulder. Finger placement and the therapist’s body positioning play an important role as well. With the guidance of the shoulder hand, the patient bends and rotates to the balance point of ease. The patient breathes deeply to help locate the point of maximum ease and holds breath until a release occurs.

Fixing Bad Hips

Working the posterior hip, the patient sits on the table with the therapist placing hands and body in the same way as when fixing the lower back. The therapists places right thumb over sacral base and right index finger tractions away from the thumb, medial to posterior superior iliac spine. The therapists uses his/her head to help the pateint’s body shift as part of AP translation and uses his/her shoulder hand to guide side bending and rotation. The patient uses his breath to help release restrictions.

Fixing Bad Hips: Anterior

Working the pubes may help release hips in the front of the body. The patient starts supine with knees folded towards abdomen and feet together. The therapist locates pubic symphysis with both thumbs and index fingers. The therapists introduces subtle rocking motion, in the same plane as the table, to a point of maximum ease. The patent once again uses his/her breath to locate and then to release a restriction.

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