Ninety percent of the time, low back pain comes from one or more of only six muscles. Using the 'spray and stretch' technique, muscle pain in the low back can be completely eliminated. The pain relief can be almost instant.
Roger, a friend of mine, ran a courier business, so when he turned up at my home one evening in obvious pain, and hobbling along bent over at the waist, I knew something was wrong.
" What's up?" I asked referring to his bent posture.
" Oh " he said " I've been loading trees onto the truck all day, and my back is killing me."
We were planning on going out that evening, so I figured I'd better do something about it quick, or the evening would be a flop, at least for Roger.
"Would you like me to fix it before we go " I said.
"Can you ?" he said with a look of disbelief on his face.
"Sure hop up on the massage table" I said.
Because I knew that 90% of the time, low back pain comes from one or more of only six muscles, and his posture told me that his abdominal muscles had shortened, and I also knew they could cause back pain. A quick feel of the abdominals told me I was on the right track, So using the spray and stretch technique, I lengthened the Rectus Abdominis muscle.
I then said "OK you can get up off the table now and see how it feels."
Roger slipped off the table and stood up straight, and feeling his back with his hands said, "It's gone, all the pain has gone. You've gotten rid of it in only five minutes."
I wish I'd had a camera to record his expression, so with only a five-minute detour, we still made the show on time minus the backache.
The upshot of that episode was that Roger was so happy with what I'd done that when he noticed his neighbour dragging one leg instead of walking, he said "Go and see Gary he'll sort it out for you."
So that is how I got to see Mrs Brown, and I'll tell you her story another time.
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About Gary Clark
Gary Clark is a massage therapist and EFT practitioner in Perth, Western Australia. Gary founded Pain Busters Clinic in 2002, where he helps people with a variety of pain problems, including fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.