Yet another option for back pain, is ‘The Jacobson Technique’ which is used for pain management for all kinds of conditions not just back pain. The technique has actually been around for around 100 years and is a form of relaxation.
It is also called progressive relaxation therapy, and was developed by a Dr. Edmund Jacobson. He developed over 200 exercises and techniques which, taken together, relax the entire body by releasing muscular tension that accumulates as a person experiences a stressful situation.
He claimed that this type of therapy will cure not only tight muscles and cramps, but also reduce pain intensity, stress and anxiety.
Today, the 200 exercises developed by Jacobson have been reduced to between 15 and 20 exercises. In order to receive maximum benefit, it is recommended to practice this technique every day for at least 20 minutes at the same time every day in a quiet, comfortable place.
Jacobson founded the International Stress Management Association, which continues his work to this day. The International Stress Management Association (ISMA) produces publications and offers trainings in Jacobson’s relaxation therapy.