Massage Tutorial Video: “I threw my back out!” (Low back spasm)

What do you do when a massage client comes in with an “out” lower back? In this new video, I demonstrate a gentle myofascial release protocol to reduce spasm and guarding over the course of about 20 minutes.

While I do eventually incorporate direct work, the name of the game is slow and broad. By engaging the sheets of fascia that encompass the area of spasm, we can do some great indirect work on areas that would otherwise try to keep us out. As I say in the video, I don’t like the word “fixing” when it comes to massage, but I can typically get a substantial reduction in symptoms for these clients in a single session.

I’d love to hear your strategies! Do you incorporate heat? Movement? Do you tend to work more directly? There are many ways of approaching this problem, so let’s help each other out!

3 thoughts on “Massage Tutorial Video: “I threw my back out!” (Low back spasm)

  1. I’m a new massage therapist and I have generally found low back pain tough to handle, relatively speaking. I felt like the neuromuscular techniques I was trained on were a little hit or miss. I’ve tried the techniques in this video on a few different people, and I’ve been really impressed with how consistently I’ve gotten positive results and reduced clients’ pain. Thanks for the video!

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