I know...when I first heard my doctor mention Rolfing I thought he meant throwing up! LOL
February 26 of 2002, I was rear ended while at a complete stop by a 3/4 ton truck going between 30-40 mph. It damn near totalled my car and caused me to have a neck injury. I have been going to physical therapy since w/no avail. I have "flair ups" and at times I will even have joints lock in my neck. I suffer from severe pain in my neck, shoulders and upper back at times. I have to watch what I do because I can irritate the injury which leaves me in pain for a few days.
Today was my recheck w/my phsycian who said I have good range of motion albeit limited (whatever that means) and even though I faithfully do my daily excercises and make my PT appts, I am at a platuea. He suggested something called Rolfing.
Apparently there are 28 recognized facilities that do this intense, deep muscle massage therapy in the country and we are fortunate enough to have a therapist in Duluth.
My doc told me that it is painful. The way he described it was like a doc describing rebreaking a bone. Apparently he believes that I have a lot of scar tissue in my neck/back muscles and that Rolfing would do me good. In his words "the physical therapy that you have had will be a cake walk compared to Rolfing". Okay, I get a little nervous when anyone PREPARES me for pain. But he has undergone the treatment (which is holistic) before and said that, yes, it was painful but the bennies outweighed the pain. He said the goal is to get rid of that scar tissue and retrain my muscles to work right. I may be laid up for a day or so after each treatment session (6-10) but feels that I would benefit from it.
I told him that I wanted to research it more before him making my appt. Here is the information I found on www.webmd.com
Rolfing is a holistic system of deep tissue massage that realigns and balances your body so that your head, shoulders, chest, pelvis, and legs are in a better vertical alignment. Treatment consists of 10 one-hour sessions, preferably given weekly, starting from the head and working down to the feet.
Each session builds upon the last until the body is totally aligned, front to back, side to side, top to bottom, and inside to outside. "It's like peeling an onion," says Thomas W. Findley, MD, PhD, associate director for research at the Center for the Study of War Related Illness of the VA Medical Center in East Orange, New Jersey. "You go deeper and deeper."
The underlying principle of Rolfing is that injuries, poor movement habits, and chronic muscle tension from stress, cause the fasciae (thin layers of flexible connective tissue that are wrapped around your muscles and form the tendons that attach the ends of your muscles to your bones) to stiffen. This in turn keeps you from moving freely and easily. The practice of deep tissue massage that Rolf developed more than 50 years ago is designed to loosen the fasciae so that your muscles can move more easily, which lets you unlearn bad patterns of muscle strain and misuse.
I am scared. I am 36 yrs old and very frightened of what my future holds w/this injury. My life has changed somewhat in the activities that I use to be able to do. I am not disabled or immobile, but the pain and discomfort is something that I have gotten use to and manage. I wonder what will it be like when I am 50?
So, my question is any of you out there reading this, have any of you gone thru such treatments? If so, what did you think?