Rolfing Treatment is an alternative therapy for chronic pain, post surgery pain and Fibromyalgia.
What it is: Rolfing is a form of deep tissue manipulation therapy developed by biochemist Dr. Ida Rolf. It is based on the belief that all physical and emotional problems and discomfort stem from improper alignment of the body’s fascia (the connective tissue located just under the skin).
It’s aims are to balance the body by aligning them through a series of 10 sessions performed by a registered practitioner, subjects can achieve not only better posture, but greater overall wellbeing and health.
Benefits of Rolfing they say can include, improved posture, improved flexibility and range of movement, enhancing the ease of breathing, releasing painful holding patterns and managing acute and chronic pain from past injuries.
- LOWER BACK PAIN
- HIP PAIN
- FROZEN SHOULDER
- REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY (RSI)
- LACK OF MOBILITY
- POST OPERATIVE PAIN
- TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DYSFUNCTION (TMJ)
- NECK PAIN
- TENSION RELEASE FOLLOWING TRAUMA
The website Rolfing UK has a list of professional Rolfer’s
According to Healthline
in a basic 10 series of Rolfing sessions, a Rolfing practitioner systematically addresses the places of strain, misalignment, and restricted motion that exist within the body pattern as a whole,” explains Russell Stolzoff
, Certified Advanced Rolfer and senior faculty member at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration.
“Sometimes where you feel pain is a point of strain within a larger pattern,” explains Stolzoff. That’s why working with the whole pattern can help diminish pain that is maintained or kept in place by the strain.
How is Rolfing different than a deep tissue massage?
- While Rolfing might feel similar to a very deep massage, Rolfing practitioners will massage the muscles and fascia not only where you’re feeling pain, but all over your body. The goal is to fix your body’s posture and structure so that your body will correct any lingering imbalances that are causing the pain.
What Rolfing should NEVER be, which is stated on all the websites is PAINFUL, it may help with chronic pain but it’s no quick fix but worth a try if you react well to deep tissue massage. However, it is ESSENTIAL that you first make sure that your GP is happy for you to try this technique and you must only have it from a skilled practitioner.