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New Low Back Pain Research Published In the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and Reviewed By the Journal of Alternative Therapies In Health And Medicine

A Three-Paradigm Treatment Model Using Soft Tissue Mobilization And Guided Movement-Awareness Techniques For A Patient With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Case Study by J. Cottingham and J. Maitland, the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, (JOSPT) 1997;26(3):155-167

Research reports that 80% of all low back pain complaints are idiopathic, not related to an injury or disease. The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy published a case study in Sept. ‘97 that offers a new treatment approach to help people attain long lasting pain relief from chronic, idiopathic low back pain. JOSPT cites that patients with chronic low back pain may respond better and sustain longer improvements when treated with alternative treatment protocols like Rolfing® structural integration. The study demonstrates the effectiveness of a three paradigm, integrative treatment approach over a more conventional corrective physical therapy approach.

The journal of Alternative Therapies In Health And Medicine -- whose Senior Editor is best-selling author, Larry Dossey, M.D and readership (10,500 subscribers) is primarily composed of physicians who are trying to integrate alternative medicine into their businesses -- recently reviewed this case study.

"Physical therapists often report difficulty in the treatment of certain subjects with chronic idiopathic low-back pain. The purpose of this case study was to present a three-paradigm model of intervention that could be adapted to the treatment of such cases." -- Alternative Therapies In Health And Medicine (ATHM), 3/98, Vol. 4, No. 2., pp. 106-107.

ATHM's review of the findings states, "The subject received a corrective and an integrative treatment protocol consisting of Rolf's method of soft tissue mobilization and Alexander's system of guided movement-awareness techniques... A corrective paradigm protocol of soft tissue mobilization and exercise was unsuccessful in eliminating the subject's assessed anterior rotation of the innominate bone and associated low-back pain for more than 1 to 2 days after treatment. Only after the implementation of a third paradigm movement/mobilization protocol did the subject begin to exhibit sustained improvement through a 4-week follow-up."

ATHM continues, "This article, which was based on a case study, demonstrates that there are many techniques outside conventional medicine, physical therapy, and chiropractic that may be useful as adjunctive or primary treatment modalities, especially for a particular type of injury or individual. This example demonstrated the benefits of Rolfing and guided movement adapted from the work of Alexander; others have demonstrated the benefit of osteopathic medicine, oriental medicine, and massage therapy in the treatment of low-back pain."

They conclude, "Studies that compare the efficacy of corrective and integrative protocols for the treatment of chronic low-back pain with symptomatic pain relief and rest alone would be useful, especially for insights such studies may provide concerning recurrence."
Researcher, John Cottingham is available for interviews.
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