Back pain is rarely a direct result of "disc problems" - and many people with "disc problems" never have back pain. Though a bulged/herniated disc CAN affect spinal nerves, it takes an MRI to know if this is truly the problem at hand.
What we do know for certain is that the brain is receiving certain information, and then (for whatever reason) the brain is interpreting that information as painful. The greater the CNS arousal, the more likely you are to experience pain. If the CNS arousal can be downregulated, you are likely to experience less (if any) pain. There are many ways this may potentially be achieved. Massage/bodywork is a great option.
A recent metastudy of existing research concluded that, for nonspecific low back pain, massage is more effective at pain reduction than acupuncture, physical therapy, exercise, and a number of other alternative treatments. I don't recall if chiropractic was mentioned in the study.
Better news: A variety of styles of massage/bodywork were included in the research, and all provided superior results... though it was noted that more experienced/qualified MTs provided better results.
So, while the particular method(s) you are asking about may not be available to you at this time, you may well find relief from another type of massage therapist in your area.
Jason Erickson, NCTMB, ACE-CPT, AIS-TA
Massage Therapist, Personal Trainerhttp://www.CSTMinnesota.com
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