This is often necessary to combat the effects of an old back strain. This might have occurred many years previously often when the client was much younger but with the onset of age can become a problem. Sometimes it can become inflamed, swelling and trapping the sciatic nerve when the client will experience shooting pains down the buttocks and leg. I begin by warming the muscles down each side of the spine working from the bottom of the shoulder blades to the top of the buttocks.
I then return to the bottom of the left shoulder blade and manipulate the muscles down the side of the back kneading, pinching and releasing as I go. Any ‘knots’ I find I spend time breaking up until I reach the lumbar region. I then repeat the action on the right side. Finally I work both sides together decreasing the pressure before covering the client and leaving to rest.