Has anyone here gone through Rolfing?
Some questions I have:
* Did it help you?
* What were your initial problems?
* Did they go away after Rolfing?
* Did you need follow-up appts. after the first 10 sessions?
* If so, how much later?
* How much was the cost - and did you think it was too much?
* Would you recommend it?
I am considering it since working office jobs for about 10 years, having a severe back spasm 7 years ago, and gradually noticing more and more pain in my back, right shoulder, and neck.
In the past, 1989-1993, I taught myself to type with mostly my right hand. I don't remember why I got into this style, but now it is ingrained at 60 wpm. I am guessing that is not helping me either
and that I need to relearn how to type properly.
Since I am a Graphic Artist, I type constantly during the day, and use a mouse. My mouse was recently corrected, in the last week, to be at the same level as my keyboard. For the past 7 years, it has been about 2 inches higher, on my desk, while the keyboard was on a pull-out shelf that was too small to hold the mouse. Because of my recent neck/shoulder pain, and chiropractic visits, my company fixed it (um, finally, heh!) by installing a larger pull-out tray.
I get numbness and weakness in my right hand, tremors rarely, and usually hold my right hand in my lap when I drive my standard car unless I am actively shifting.
Other imbalances I've noticed is that my feet point out, I stand with them out, and if I point them straight ahead, my knees lean in sharply and touch.
When I walk, I feel like my right leg is longer (a massage therapist commented on this) and that my right hip is over-rotating and I limp slightly.
Recent chiropractic x-rays show my hips are tilted (left higher than right), my shoulders are tilted (right higher then left), my neck is losing its curve and straightening (from my looking down too much on the job was the suggestion), and I was diagnosed with 'early degenerative disks' (ie compression) by a MD looking at the x-rays of my lower back.
I also have a lot of tension in my jaw, and grind my teeth. This started about a year before my 1999 back spasm. I wear a night guard now, but I do it so much that the night guard has cracked in the rear over my molars, and I am pushing teeth out of alignment.
In short, at the ripe old age of 34, I feel like I am middle-aged!
Exercise is not really a tempting prospect at this time because I feel twisted up and weak, but I'm open to suggestions
I have tried monthly massages, and 12 chiropractic sessions recently, and while I think they helped, I feel they only are touching the surface of the problems, if that makes sense.
If anyone benefited from Rolfing (or didn't!) or if you have any other helpful suggestions as to how to get my good body back.... I miss it!
... I would love to hear!