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The Thompson Maneuver
For Back Pain Relief
by Dr. Julian
excerpted from DAILY Health Center
Do-It-Yourself Relief for Back Pain
Thompson Maneuver -
maneuver popularized by orthopedist Alec
Thompson, MD - helps people with low back pain. disc problems.
sciatica, scoliosis; and even back pain that travels up the
spine. causing migraines and problems in the arms and hands.
It works for one simple reason
it corrects the alignment of a pivotal area of the back. the
of Joints Causes Pain
human spinal column is configured so the total weight of the
body rests on two small joints, the sacroiliac joints, at
the juncture of the hipbones (ilia) and sacrum (the
triangular bone at the base of the spine, just above the
coccyx or tailbone).
Being erect places stress on this area, making the lower
back vulnerable to injury. This is also why alignment of the
sacroiliac joints is so important
knock them out of place and
the structural integrity of the entire spine is affected.
Thompson Maneuver simply brings the sacroiliac joints into
their proper position. Once the sacroiliac is back in
normal position. the entire spine will eventually realign
itself and pressure on sensitive tissues will diminish.
spine has been askew for a long time, these corrections will
take months. The younger you are. the quicker you'll
recover. But regardless of your age or duration of back
problems, the Thompson Maneuver will help everyone. The key
is to do it correctly, and do it often.
you begin, identify on your own body the area this maneuver
targets. Put your hands on your waist with your thumbs
towards the front. Move your fingers down until you feel
your tailbone. Now, walk a few steps and notice the motion
there-these are your sacroiliac joints.
feel a clicking in one of the joints it's probably out of
How To Do The
Sitting up straight with shoulders back on the edge of a
chair or bed,
or lying on a flat surface, bend one leg at the knee and
grab onto the
ankle with the opposite hand (fingers on the front of the
circling and resting under the ankle). Hold the arm straight
get the proper angle.
the other hand on the bent knee with the thumb on the
inside, the little finger on the outside and the three
on top of the knee. Let the bent knee drop naturally
to the outside.
3. Elevate the elbow of the arm holding the knee
to the level of the shoulder, so the shoulder and
elbow are level. Moving the elbow straight back,
pull the knee gently but firmly as far back as it will
comfortably go. The lower leg and forearm should
be in a more or less straight line. The sacroiliac joint
is now in its proper place.
4. Hold this position for ten seconds,
then release and repeat the procedure with
the opposite leg.
to pull too far back
you cannot displace the hip
back. If your sacroiliac is already in position, this is still
exercise for increasing circulation and toning the area.
injury repeat this maneuver every hour, or as frequently
for three to four minutes for the first four or five days
Continue to do it at least three times daily as a preventive
keep your sacroiliac in proper alignment.