Low Back Pain Relief: Spinal mobilization using your own hands (Part 1)

Low Back Pain Relief: Spinal mobilization using your own hands (Part 1)


Right now, in a moment or two. I’m going to show you a little video of me treating my own back with my own fingers. And I’ll be pointing out the sacrum here, the two dimples other side, which are the sacro-iliac joints, and how you mobilize L5, L4, L3, L2 and L1. First of all, I’ll be actually just be using my fingers threading from left to right, or I’m using my hands like that. These are the spinous processes. I talk about the L5 spinous process being like a little pee; it’s usually smaller than the others – you can see there. Vertebrae are always stiffer from one direction, so you’ll hook under with your hands, hook under and push that way with the fingertips. That’s just on the whole vertebra, then you can actually . . . . then I talk about mobilizing the facet joints. Here they are; these are the nerves coming out in between. That’s a facet joint; that’s a facet joint; there it is the there, there, there, there. To get to the facet joint I tell you to pierce in and either use the tip of my (little finger) my middle finger there, or I use my thumb like that. Particularly, I go for L5 with the sort of downward forty-five-degree direction, and that way too. It’s not easy to feel them – and you often feel that there’s a sort of thickening . . thickness or a density, which is the soft-tissue thickening over the facet joint, which is more obvious on one side than the other. I can actually point out in my back that I much thicker on the right (from an old break) which I talk to you about, in passing. But feel when you push into your back that it’s going to be different pushing on the facet joints which is using it just a downward direction, only an inch – half an inch – or so out from the ‘knobby thing’. But then, there’s not much different either in the distance between each facet joint, left and right. So there we go.

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