“Put some marinade on my back.” That’s the exact quote of a patient of mine at my sports chiropractic columbia md office. Rick came to my office about two months ago. He is a man around 50 years of age who has had low back pain for years. Everyday, all day, his back felt tight or he was in pain. His back pain affected every part of his life; work, exercise, sleep. You name it, his life was affected. He gained weight because he couldn’t exercise. His ability to do his job suffered. His ability to enjoy life was diminished. He tried many different kinds of doctors to get help. No one relieved his pain. He would also get massages from his cousin. These massages helped in the short term, but the pain/tightness came back the next day. This particular massage therapist was very astute and realized that Rick needed additional help. She sent him to me at my chiropractic columbia md office to get evaluated. He came to my office and my immediate impression was that the muscles that run along your spine were incredibly tight. They were like rocks. He also lacked flexibility in his hip flexors, which was likely causing a “tug of war” with his low back muscles. Therefore, if I had just treated the low back, the hip flexors would cause his low back muscles to start pulling again. His tightness/pain would return. As Rick had asked for, I applied “marinade” in the form of Graston lotion, and used the Graston Technique on his low back muscles. I also did Active Release Technique on his hip flexors, did some other stretching and strengthening, and within about 6 visits he had a significant decrease in pain and tightness. After another couple of weeks of treatment, he was, for the first time in years, able to go about his day without any low back pain or tightness. He had lost several pounds because he was able to exercise. The icing on the cake for me was one day he came to my office, looked me in the eye, and said “you have given me my life back.” That’s all I needed to hear. That’s why I do what I do. For more information, go to my chiropractic columbia md website.