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Back to a bad back


It is hard to assess what your back problem might be without further
study, history and palpation.

If you have "thrown my back out" or "wrenched my back", then it is highly
likely that you have put your psoas* muscle (an anterior spinal muscle
that attaches along the anterior aspects of the lumbar spine and then
attaches at the distal end on the lesser trocantor of the femur) into
severe spasm.  You can, for about $15, get a book: STRETCHING by Bob
Anerson, from almost any book store.  Look for a series of stretches for
"Low Back Tension."  In my 10 yr old edition, it is page 106.  First you
should really have a Massage Therapist, who knows what she/he is doing,
treat you.  Look for a therapist who has had training in Neuromuscular
Therapy (a/k/a Trigger Point Therapy) and/or Muscle Energy Techniques
and/or Positional Release (a/k/a Strain/CounterStrain - a/k/a
Ortho-Bionomy).  One or two treatments should do the trick, assuming you
are compliant with the stretches.  Do NOT become a couch potato.  Keep

For all of you who have not yet attacked the garden this spring, start in
with mild/easy exercises, e.g. walking, and work up to get yourself in
reasonably good shape.  Make sure you do a good general stretching
routine (see Bob Anderson's book) daily.  Do nto overdo it.

Charles Tuttle
Licensed Massage Therapist
Columbus  OH
(Note: taking no new clients, so this is not selfserving)

* some anatomy books list this as the iliopsoas (which in fact are two
muscles - iliacus and psoas - with a common attachment on the lesser
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