:: Thai massage, low back pain, and intestinal functioning improvement


"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease." (Hippocrates)

Lumbar pain most often has triggering factors that are beyond the lumbar musculature. In addition to the strong associated emotional component, the lumbar discomfort may originate from abdominal or pelvic viscera, which when irritated or inflamed radiates pain to the back.

The human body is an indivisible whole, abdominal and pelvic pain or "malfunction" may also be due to stress on the spinal cord, thoracolumbar musculature and other tissues, such as a fold of membrane that attaches the intestine to the abdominal wall and holds it in place, called mesentery.

The mesentery is an organ that, among its functions, binds the intestines to the abdominal wall, irrigates the viscera and innervates them. Although it serves to support and position these structures, it has a degree of movement or ability to relax to allow perfect visceral functioning.

When the mesentery is brought into a state of tension and its viscoelasticity is under excessive stress, like a “drag force” which compresses the abdominal region, it keeps the abdominal organs from functioning properly and possibly refer pain in other body regions, like the lower back.

After palpating the abdominal region and identifying points of excessive tension, the goal is to restore the optimal state between tension and relaxation in the area, by treating the quadrants in which we locate the ascending colon, liver and stomach, descending colon, sigmoid colon and small intestine; moving these viscera towards the midline of the body (umbilical scar).

For such therapy the professional in Thai massage uses palmar pressure, thumb or other fingers, and, at certain times and areas, the elbow can also be used. The pressure exerted must be maintained for sixty (60) to ninety (90) seconds and the patient takes part in the technique by breathing, releasing the air slowly at the moment pressure is being applied.

This Thai massage technique can be helpful in cases of low back pain of visceral origin, headaches due to intestinal malfunction, it improves posture by relaxing the abdomen and lengthening the anterior chain, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome.

If the arteries do not work right, the venous return will be slower, accumulating toxins and causing disease.

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