The Bad Back Book - by Steve Lockhart
The Bad Back Book
Steve Lockhart's The Bad Back Book is a free pdf download available from www.backpain.com.au.
Steve Lockhart believes that almost all back pain is muscular - and in order to treat back pain you have to treat the muscles. He does this with a deep pressure massage and acupressure session that he calles "SLM Bodywork". (I think the "SL" stands for Steve Lockhart.)
The book is an uneven mix and I didn't find it easy to read. The main thrust is that an SLM Bodywork session will sort out back pain by sorting out strain in the muscles. So I guess SLM Bodywork is a sort of massage equivalent of the stuff that Pete Egoscue preaches in Health Through Motion.
SLM Bodywork therapists are few and far between, and Steve Lockhart has developed a self-treatment programme which you can buy. (Inevitably the e-book is geared to promoting the programme.) I haven't tried it...
Interestingly, having a sports massage was on my list of things to try for my back, and certainly this book has raised it's profile in my mind. I think if I hadn't started Bowen (and I can certainly sense similarities with Bowen treatment in what Steve Lockhart writes), then I would be looking at trying massage as a treatment.
But check it out for yourself - you can download it at www.backpain.com.au.
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