Got massage clients with persistent low back pain? Here are 8 tips for working with them in a way that will reduce pain, and reduce the likelihood of them standing up with more pain or stiffness.
1:12 Using a pillow under the abdomen
1:48 Communicating with your clients about hip/glute work
2:31 Limiting direct work with the QL region
3:20 Massage techniques for the lumbar region
4:54 Working with the hips/pelvis
8:49 Including the lateral pelvis
9:32 Work with related structures: Hamstrings, quads, etc
10:41 Use a big big bolster while client is supine: http://amzn.to/2rjcgBy
13:07 Limit the duration of massage in the prone position
13:25 Try different positions, such as side-lying or seated
If you can only make one or two changes, I recommend working with the hips more than focusing on the QL region, and limit the amount of time spent with the client face-down. In my opinion, positioning seems to be a bigger determining factor in how the low back feels following a massage than the specific techniques used.
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