In the past, western health systems focused on disease and anatomical instabilities to determine why someone was in pain, and what appropriate treatments were available to fix these structural problems. The original narrative for treating back pain and physical limitation was to first treat conservatively with anti-inflammatories and icing, then physical therapy before things escalated and more invasive treatments were considered. Today, physicians such as Dr. Sarno, chiropractors, and other healthcare practitioners have jumped on board to recognize the role emotions have in the way our body develops and responds to pain. Today, there are physicians, practitioners of Chinese and Indian medicine, and teachers to study the movements of the body who study the mind-body connection and who use various forms of relaxation therapies and manipulative therapies to treat disease. Today, there are physicians and other spine experts who practice and teach various bodywork techniques to reduce muscle tension in patients, eliminate structural instability, and stabilize the spine through various strength and flexibility exercises. These Bodywork experts teach people how to make their bodies stronger and more flexibility, to prevent against future injuries and acute pain cases. Bodywork experts are also trained to put their hands on patients to break down scar tissue, areas of tightness on the muscles, and correct subtle misalignments of the spine and musculoskeletal system.

Experts who provide Bodywork consultation, education, or hands on therapy work to heal the body by providing energy medicine, breathwork, ergonomic training, and manipulative therapy. Through these experts, we learn how to breathwork and other relaxation techniques to reduce muscular tension in our bodies. Experts such as Dr. Sarno believe muscle tension, brought on by psychological distress, the be the cause of Fibromyalgia in the vast majority of cases. We learn from Bodywork experts on how to use our bodies better while moving at our workstations and in our private lives. These experts put their hands on our bodies to relieve pain brought on by concentrated areas of tightness in our muscles. These experts use their hands to make us feel better, and then they teach us how to move our bodies in the world so that we may go longer intervals of time before we feel bad again.

Here are some of the most common Bodywork sciences/techniques:
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Aston Patterning
  • The Alexander Technique
  • Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Breathwork
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Chiropractic medicine
  • Cranial Release Technique
  • Feldenkrais Method
  • Massage
  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Myotherapy
  • Naprapathy
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Postural Integration (PI)
  • Qi Gong
  • Reflexology
  • Rolfing
  • Shiatsu
  • Structural Integration
  • Tai Chi
  • Tui Na
  • Yoga
  • Yoga Massage

Acupuncture: In modern medicine, our modern medical imaging techniques and hands on exploration of the human body has taught us which spinal nerve roots exit the spine to affect which organs of the body, as well as the surfaces of the skin and skeletal muscles. We have a map of the human body, and are able to understand which nerve branches are damages according to which muscles and body parts demonstrate weakness and other neurologic deficits, such as burning, tingling, and numbness. By identifying which nerves have become compressed or irritated, we may be able to treat the nerve problem accordingly, using physical therapy and other types of treatments. Unfortunately, in some cases these conservative treatments do not work, and patients may require spine surgery to decompress the nerve.

Acupuncture and other forms of Chinese Medicine believe in a different form of mapping of the human body. Rather than mapping the pathways of the nerves as they travel through the body after leaving the spinal cord, Chinese Medicine is a healthcare science that diagrams the pathway of energy fields that travel throughout our bodies. These energy fields are invisible, though theoretically we may indirectly observe them by appropriately treating a particular part of the body to restore a person to proper health. In the following paragraph we will offer you one example.

In Chinese Medicine, the people who believe in this system believe that there are 12 energy fields (Meridians) that run the length of the body, and penetrate all of our internal organs and cardiovascular system. When there is a blockage in the flow of energy in one of these energy fields, the organs and body parts that that energy field runs through may be affected and suffer the symptoms of disease. Luckily, experts in this type of medicine may unblock the flow of energy by applying pressure or other form of manual manipulation on precise locations of the body.

Acupuncture is one Chinese medicine science in which tiny needles are placed into the skin to access these energy fields to unblock them.