Saw this article and thought it was pretty good. Too bad they don’t mention massage or especially Structural Integration although they do mention yoga a couple of times.
Got this from Facebook via Tom Myers:
“Patrick Wall suggested that pain may be likened to a “need” state, like thirst or hunger. Both of these are uncomfortable states that require action for their downregulation, i.e., a “consummatory act.”
If you are thirsty, to get a drink is the “consummatory act” that will satisfy that particular “need” state.
If you are hungry, to find and eat some food is the “consummatory act” that will satisfy that particular “need” state.
If you have pain, to find a way to move that will dispel the sense that you can’t, will be the “consummatory act” that will satisfy that particular need state.”
Low back pain is second only to cold symptoms when it comes to complaints that send people to the doctor. Sooner or later, back pain seems to get most of us.
Peggy O’Brien-Murphy receives a massage from therapist Loretta Lanz. O’Brien-Murphy was among the participants in a study that found both relaxation and deep tissue massage are effective treatments for lower back pain.
Now, a study in the July 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that massage is an effective treatment for lower back pain. In some cases, researchers report, the benefits of massage lasted for six months or longer.
With the costs of medical care spiraling out of control and an ever-growing shortage of doctors to treat an aging population, it pays to know about methods of prevention and treatment for orthopedic problems that are low-cost and rely almost entirely on self-care. As certain methods of alternative medicine are shown to have real value, some mainstream doctors who “think outside the box” have begun to incorporate them into their practices.
One of them is Loren Fishman, a physiatrist — a specialist in physical and rehabilitative medicine affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital. Some in the medical profession would consider Dr. Fishman a renegade, but to many of his patients he’s a miracle worker who treats their various orthopedic disorders without the drugs, surgery or endless months of physical therapy most doctors recommend.
Read the rest of this article in the New York Times