A Massage Therapist's Guide to Lower Back & Pelvic Pain


  • Leon Chaitow, ND, DO (UK), Registered Osteopath and Naturopath; Honorary Fellow and Former Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London, UK; Fellow, British Naturopathic Association.; Fellow, College of Osteopaths, UK
  • Sandy Fritz, BS, MS, NCTMB, Director, Health Enrichment Center, School of Therapeutic Massage, Lapeer, Michigan, USA Director

A MASSAGE THERAPIST'S GUIDE TO LOWER BACK AND PELVIC PAIN describes in detail the background to the evolution of "non-specific" backache as well as the assessment and treatment methods ideal for use in combination with massage therapy, deriving from physical therapy, osteopathic, and chiropractic sources. The book describes these methods individually and then integrates them into a detailed description of a massage session focusing on the person with backache. This unique book takes care to consider the needs of the massage therapist, who previously may have had to adapt his/her own methodology from descriptions aimed at other health care professionals.
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Existing licensed massage therapists and those in training.


Book information

  • Published: October 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-10218-9

Table of Contents

1. The “triage”

2. Imposter back pain

3. How much pain is there, where is it, and where might it be coming from?

4. Back pain – palpation, observation and assessment approaches

5. Pelvic pain

6. Modalities working with massage

7. Outcome based massage

8. Prevention and rehabilitation: core stability and breathing retraining

9. Prevention

10. Other methods – summary of systems, methods and modalities used in manual treatment of back pain