What Does A Ferrari Have To Do With Persistent Lower Back Pain

What Does A Ferrari Have To Do With Persistent Lower Back Pain

Have you ever thought about how just a single repetitive daily movement might be the cause of persistent pain or why some of your physical body pain and discomfort keep recurring even after a successful treatment or a massage?

You have finally taken the time and made the effort to consult a therapist for your distressing body pain. As you walk out of the clinic you feel relaxed, well balanced and good until some of the symptoms return after only a few days.

Most likely you feel disappointed in the therapist and now consult another health practitioner in the hope that she/he will be able to help you, only to find the pain is returning and becoming persistent.

In this case, you most likely think that the treatment has been a waste of your time and you might even start to blame the therapist. Or could it be that just one or a few of your daily unconscious repetitive movements are to blame? That was the exact reason for a client of mine.

A Fancy Car And Lower Back Pain

A few years ago I treated a man in his late forties: an executive banker who suffered from lower back pain three months ago. He had gone from living a life that was full of pain-free whiteboard meetings to a life full of pain medication. Unfortunately, the lower back pain returned after each treatment within a couple of days. I was almost sure that something in his daily routine was triggering the persistent pain otherwise he wouldn’t experience two days of being free of pain.

I listened to his story. I asked if there was anything specific that had recently changed in his life. He simply couldn’t recall any changes in his lifestyle until he proudly exclaimed that he had – just three months before his back symptoms appeared – become the proud owner of a brand new red Ferrari.

Just then I almost knew for sure that we had found the culprit of the persistent pain. I was visualising him bending down and twisting his body each time he got in and out of the very low shiny red Ferrari.

I released his lower back and pelvis and we spent a fair amount of time analysing body movements that would minimize physical effort or discomfort and hopefully prevent recurring muscle tension of the body.

Back Pain Be Gone

A week later we talked on the phone. He sounded cheerful as he exclaimed that his lower back had improved. He told me that there no longer was persistent pain when driving his Ferrari and he was able to attend business meetings and gym classes with much more energy and better body mobility and stability.

It was, as you can imagine, a moment of relief. It’s one that forever reminds me of the importance of taking the time to really listen and analyse each aspect of the client’s physical, emotional and social life. And it totally underpins my belief of paying attention and adapting to each individual client’s needs.

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Else Strom Vistisen

Else Strom Vistisen is an internationally renowned therapist and innovator in the field of chronic pain relief. Her training as an occupational therapist, Emmett- and Bowen therapist give her a unique ability to provide long-lasting pain solutions to meet the challenges and opportunities of life in the 21st century.

Else’s successful therapy for pain-free living has already transformed and enhanced the lives, health and success of thousands of people around the world. She runs a private practice in Singapore and is the founder of Else Vistisen Therapy, which is regulated by Ministry of Health in Singapore.

This post was first published on Else Vistisen’s LinkedIn and has been reposted on Connected Women with the permission of the author.
Edited by: Nedda Chaplin, Image credit: Pixabay

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