Rolfing

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    Apr 24, 2014 10:28 PM GMT
    A skateboarding friend of mine keeps going on about the rolfing experience he had last year. He had severe back pain and claims he's pain free for the first time in his life as a result of rolfing. Anyone else here had any experience with it? I hear it's very painful but something has always intuitively told me I would benefit from it.
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    Apr 25, 2014 2:59 AM GMT
    I've heard really positive things from it myself. I'm in school to be a chiropractor so I'm pretty curious about it from an academic standpoint as well. I haven't had personal experience with it yet but hope to change that in the near future.
  • Trauts

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    Apr 25, 2014 3:07 AM GMT
    Yeah, I heard its because of the hard surface of the floor that causes back pains. That's why rofl-ing remains an acronym expression and no one actually does it.
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    Apr 25, 2014 6:01 AM GMT
    Trauts saidYeah, I heard its because of the hard surface of the floor that causes back pains. That's why rofl-ing remains an acronym expression and no one actually does it.

    Apparently there really were rug biters so you never know, there may really be rofl-ers.
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    Apr 25, 2014 8:30 AM GMT
    learned about rolfing in class.. trying to breakup those connective tissues and re-allign them.. definitely very painful but its similar to cross-friction massage in my opinion :s
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    Apr 25, 2014 12:29 PM GMT
    Trauts saidYeah, I heard its because of the hard surface of the floor that causes back pains. That's why rofl-ing remains an acronym expression and no one actually does it.


    Huh? Are you saying walking on hard floors cause back pain or are you saying rolfing is done on hard floors which makes it painful?
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    Apr 25, 2014 3:41 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    Trauts saidYeah, I heard its because of the hard surface of the floor that causes back pains. That's why rofl-ing remains an acronym expression and no one actually does it.


    Huh? Are you saying walking on hard floors cause back pain or are you saying rolfing is done on hard floors which makes it painful?


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    Apr 25, 2014 4:09 PM GMT
    Rolfing is great when you have connective tissues that are holding your body out of alignment. In order to break those up and get you readjusted the work goes real deep and thus can be painful. It's usually done as a progression series of work, and some areas are definitely more painful than others.
    Seems to be real affective for runners who have more impact placed on their body/joints, but can benefit anyone with posture and gait issues.
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    Apr 26, 2014 5:22 AM GMT
    I've had it done, although my massage therapist called it "SI" or structural integration.

    The technique was extremely painful, and it wasn't a full body treatment of the fasciae but more a focused treatment on one side of my ribs where I had some damage years ago and resulting tension and scar tissue.

    It was agonizing.... but it definitely helped in my case.
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    Jun 05, 2014 3:46 AM GMT
    After careful review, I chose a rolfer today and made an appointment for next Wednesday. I'm a little apprehensive about the pain but also excited to get some relief.
  • helloandgoodb...

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    Jun 05, 2014 8:40 PM GMT
    I had a buddy named Rolf once. But he was straight so I never got to do any Rolfing
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    Jun 06, 2014 3:47 PM GMT
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  • wild_sky360

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    Jun 11, 2014 3:02 PM GMT
    I'm very interested. Let us know how it goes today.
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    Jun 12, 2014 6:03 AM GMT
    Well, I went for my first session today, and it was NOTHING like what I expected. There was no pain at all and very little massaging at all. He mostly had me go limp and allow him to maneuver my body in the positions he wanted me in. There was a lot of him cradling me, almost like a baby while pressing on different areas of my body, but all of it was very gentle. He would also have me lightly resist him, then about a dozen times he would have me get up and walk back and forth and sit in a chair and bend over so he could see if his adjustments worked. It was all very bizarre, but I signed up for 9 more sessions so we'll see.
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    Jun 15, 2014 5:50 AM GMT
    Sounds gentle so far. I thought it would be about forcing structural / postural changes.
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    Jun 15, 2014 6:10 AM GMT
    wild_sky360 saidSounds gentle so far. I thought it would be about forcing structural / postural changes.


    That's what I was expecting too. Afterwards I told him it was nothing like what I had imagined. He told me he never found the very hard methods worked for him. I'm a bit skeptical but I'm keeping an open mind.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jun 15, 2014 10:21 PM GMT
    I like the sound of that. If your practitioner has a technique for relaxing you back into proper alignment I'd imagine it would last longer than a forced one.

    At a former job, about a dozen of us had great success with a practitioner of BEST. Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique.
    The slightest touch along energy meridians actually produced an electric shock in the Doc...a DOC and brought lasting relief from pain after just a few sessions.
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    Jun 16, 2014 12:10 AM GMT
    wild_sky360 saidI like the sound of that. If your practitioner has a technique for relaxing you back into proper alignment I'd imagine it would last longer than a forced one.

    At a former job, about a dozen of us had great success with a practitioner of BEST. Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique.
    The slightest touch along energy meridians actually produced an electric shock in the Doc...a DOC and brought lasting relief from pain after just a few sessions.


    DOC?
  • wild_sky360

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    Jun 16, 2014 7:05 PM GMT
    Doctor of Chiropractic. I think that's the acro.
    He had stopped doing any traditional Chiropractic adjustments once attaining master level in this method.
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    Jun 16, 2014 9:18 PM GMT
    Today's session started to make more sense to me. He stressed how deep breathing moves the ribcage and thus also moves the spine. Today I learned how to improve my upper body posture mostly by just breathing correctly. My shoulders definitely sit further back now. Of course they will eventually try and return to the old bad posture but he taught me how to retrain myself to hold them properly. Very excited to see how this works for me (or doesn't work) this week.