I recently treated a female patient, Heidi, with low back pain and sciatica in my clinic in Leeds. She had problems with her low back for the last 20 years. Her low back would feel stiff and sore after periods of prolonged standing (20 minutes) and walking would also cause her low back to ache. Her symptoms would ease when she sat down.
In the last 2 years she had developed sciatica down her left leg. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans confirmed disc bulges in the low back (L4 and L5). The patient had undergone two back operations in the last 18 months. Unfortunately these micro-discectomy surgeries had not improved her symptoms and she had constant pain down her left leg.
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On examination she had a very lordotic lumbar spine (deep arch in her back), she had bilateral rib flare with a hyper-inflated ribcage. With a lordotic spine and flared ribs the diaphragm muscle has lost its optimum 'domed' position and become flatter. Due to the diaphragm muscle attachment sites to the spine, this can then pull the spine into a more extended position and increase compression in the upper lumbar spine.
I performed a manual technique developed by Ron Hruska at the Postural Restoration Institute in the states. The aim of the technique was to restore position of her diaphragm and reduce the deep arch in her back.
Following this technique Heidi was pain-free and no longer had any sciatica down her left leg. I gave her some follow up exercises to continue with at home to maintain her new position.
Heidi recently gave me a testimonial about how I had "cured" her in one session. I did not cure her and never claimed to, but, what I did do was restore position to her diaphragm to help decompress her spine. The new rib cage position resulted in pressure changes in her thorax so she could shift position and alternate her body from side to side. What does this mean for Heidi? She can stand, walk and run pain-free.
Before finding the work of Ron Hruska I would never have considered the diaphragm position when treating low back pain. My old approach would have more than likely involved hands-on techniques to her lower back, whereas actually the low back pain is just a symptom of a muscle imbalance related to the diaphragm being out of position.
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