This report from WCVB-TV Channel 5 Medical Reporter Heather Kahn aired July 29, 1999:
If you’ve ever had back pain when sitting on the bleachers at a soccer game or on a wooden park bench, today’s HealthBeat is for you.
A new procedure being done out in the Worcester area is sitting well with a number of patients who have gone from pain to pain-free in just a few minutes.
You squirm, you wiggle, and still you can’t get comfortable in that uncomfortable seat.
They basically blame the surface they’re sitting on, they don’t have any clue that it’s their own bodies that are doing it.
PT/Quality Physical TherapySM
Physical therapist Carol Tschirpke says much of the time the soreness of sitting is caused by a poor alignment of the bones just south of the spine, the seat bones.
When a person falls or has an impact, these bones either move back or inward and it causes the person to sit real asymmetrically.
And it’s that imbalance that can cause muscles along the back and shoulders to become stiff.
That’s what happened to 38-year-old Janet Lombard. A riding instructor, she and her horse both took a fall two years ago and the sport she loved became difficult.
When you’re sitting in a saddle, you have to be able to move with the horse and I was limited in my capability to do this, so I experienced more and more discomfort as we went along.
– Janet Lombard/Riding Instructor
But then an orthopedic surgeon recommended a unique procedure developed by Carol and her partner: It’s a 5-minute, hands-on approach to realigning the seat bones.
We use the long leg muscles to line up the pelvis and balance the bones you sit on. And it’s something that stays.
Carol has already done the technique on hundreds of patients from equestrians, to cyclists, to those in martial arts.
Janet is back in the saddle again, with no pain and better performance.
The seat bones are very important in riding, the horse feels them on his back and they’re telling him what to do. It made a major difference.
This procedure costs about $200, which includes a full evaluation. It is considered alternative physical therapy, which means it hasn’t been studied and there are no guarantees that it works on everyone.