What is Rolfing?

handsBelieve it or not, rolfing is a practice that has been around for a while and is starting to again gain popularity. When used in conjunction with chiropractic care, rolfing can help to keep your body aligned, your posture better and maybe even leave you pain free. Here’s all you need to know about the art of rolfing!

What the Heck is Rolfing?

Rolfing was developed by Ida Rolf in the mid-20th century. It’s a series of treatments that seek to realign the connective tissues (or myofascial layer) of your body that hold muscles, and therefore joints, in place. The treatment follows a specific plan and targets specific body parts at each session. There’s a method to rolfing madness!

What is it For?

Rolfing is used to treat chronic pain associated with muscle imbalances or arthritis and back pain. If you’ve had injuries to areas of your body and experience pain as a result, rolfing can help. Some people use it to improve their body’s performance in everyday life by reducing discomfort from daily activities that put stress on the upper back, neck and shoulders.

Conditions that have been shown through studies to benefit from rolfing are carpal tunnel syndrome, pronator syndrome, piriformis syndrome and even TMJ. People with asthma may also want to consider it as a way to break up restrictive patterns in nerves and muscles in the chest that may be contributing to restriction when breathing. It can also address issues with curvatures of the spine.

Does it Hurt?

The answer is that yes, rolfing can be painful at points, but probably mostly uncomfortable. Then again, untreated injuries or chronic pain is uncomfortable to! Rolfing is very hands-on but it doesn’t use any oils or fancy lotions – it’s just pressure against muscles and connective tissue. It’s not a completely unpleasant experience, but it’s not a traditional massage either.

Rolfing and Chiropractic Care

Rolfing and chiropractic really complement each other. Both practices seek to align the body, but focus on different aspects. Chiropractic looks at the alignment of the bones and joints while rolfing focuses primarily on fascia systems in the body. Doing both practices together is a great way to achieve pain relief and improve your posture.

What to Do

If you’re intrigued about rolfing, then speak with your chiropractor about it. They may be able to tell you more and point you in the right direction for treatment if they think you would benefit from treatments. 

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