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I, myself, have also helped
people with disintegrating disks, if the problem of degeneration is not
too severe. And I have relieved long term knee problems by lengthening
the whole inter-connected body, especially the fascia in all the leg,
foot and pelvic muscles. Bunched-up hamstrings are almost always a
major contributor to back, knee and Achilles tendon problems.
Abdominal wall shortness almost always is a big contributor to lower back
tightness and even to middle and upper back and neck tightness.
So even when the pain is on the front of
the knee, or in the ankle or in the mid back or neck, the condition gets
better when the chronic shortness in the whole system is corrected.
To repeat what I said above, when
orthopedic surgery IS required, all the cases I've seen show there's a lot
of shortness in the fascia of the related structural muscles.
In knee problems not caused by direct blows, for instance, there's a lot
of bunch-up in the leg muscles, including places where there is no pain.
So, a series of Bodywork sessions before surgery could lengthen most of
the pulls and misalignments that contributed to the excess tension at
the knee. Then, the surgery could repair the damage in a structure
that's freer from the stresses that contributed to the damage in the first
I've found that many senior citizens have a lot of built-up
tightness in the whole body, not just in the legs, even those who
play golf. Bodywork can help these folks to feel more relaxed, to be
more flexible, and to move around better. It might even help them lower
their golf scores. A lot of shortness also seems to develop
after surgery, when the person is using crutches
and/or favoring one leg. My Bodywork has helped people
remove this tightness.
Athletes with old hamstring injuries told me that my treatment
made the area feel a lot better, sensing that it was even
breaking up old scar tissue. It didn't hurt when I pressed and spread
the tissue right on top of the old injury, either. In fact they said it
felt good. And, of course, making the muscles a lot longer lowers the
probability of the muscle or tendon tearing again.
After my elderly mother's broken leg cast came off, she complained of
repeated cramps by that knee and thigh. I lengthened a lot of tightness
in that leg and the cramps stopped and never came back.
In her Rolfing book, Dr. Ida P. Rolf also says that Structurally
Integrating a body was found to reduce pressure on nerves and, very
importantly, make the body's neuro-muscular system better coordinated.
I've found this, too. In a client who had brain damage and in all the
clients who didn't, balance and movement got better, immediately, as soon
as I'd made the arrangement of muscles, bones, joints and fascia work
This is an unseen and unknown benefit in standard medicine, because
standard medicine doesn't do this treatment. In her book, Rolf wrote
about improvements for stroke and injury victims because this more
organized structural system allows the peripheral nervous system to make
more of the decisions for walking and other movements noticeably better,
even when the central nervous system and/or muscle damage remains. Our
treatment enables more parts of the body to do what they are naturally
designed to do.
I believe Structural Integration processing would be an excellent addition to orthopedic doctors' work, and a number of my clients have also expressed this belief. While a number of orthopedists utilize massage and standard physical therapy, we have found that this treatment helps in ways those do not. I have even helped two orthopedic surgeons with their own structural problems due to accumulated fascial shortness.
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