Back pain shows itself in many different ways. Down low in the small of the back or between the shoulder blades, in the cheek of the bottom and sometimes radiating out into the leg.
Back pain may occur suddenly, like lumbago, or the pain may gradually develop. Most people are confronted with back pain at some stage in their lives. For many, thank goodness, the pain is only temporary and disappears again without treatment.
Other sufferers often look for effective help for a long time. The search for the cause is often only partially successful. Even if ”signs of wear and tear” or damage to the discs is diagnosed, it is a known fact that these do not necessarily justify the pain. Many people live totally free of any symptoms even though their spine shows signs of ”wear and tear”.
Looking for and locating the causes in the myofascial system is a lengthy and worthwhile process. However, it is not easy. Disturbances in the muscle and fascia function cannot be identified with procedures which produce images. Furthermore, the human body has over approximately 600 muscles, all of which interact in a closely linked system.
The condition of the muscles/fascia can only be assessed by carefully examining the function and palpating the musclesand fascia. If the functioning of muscles/fascia is disrupted by strain or tension, the entire myofascial system is affected detrimentally by this and
disturbances in the functioning of the myofascial system may cause massive pain.
In functional muscle therapy (fmt) the strain that the myofascial system has been subjected to in the course of the patient´s life is first identified in a detailed discussion. For example, falls or accidents in childhood, one-sided posture in school, heavy physical work, stereotypical movements at work, incorrect lifting and carrying of weights, sports injuries, unaccustomed activities (building a house, renovating) etc. From these initial discussions with the patient it is possible to already see which muscles or fascia are most likely to have disturbances in their function.
A close examination, focusing in particular on an observation of posture, testing the mobility of all joints, analysis of the most painful movements and palpating the affected muscles/fascia will then bring the cause to light. The cause is seldom in the region of the back itself.
Many patients are surprised when they come to us with back pain, as we practically never treat the back itself directly, but rather the muscles/fascia of the stomach, the hips or the feet, for example.