Last February, my husband had pneumonia and while coughing, heard a "pop" and felt pain that put him on his knees. After a lot of run around I finally got fed up, called a ortho. surgeon and he had an MRI. They found bilateral pleural effusions and T7-T8 disc protrusion with slight cord contact and and disc protrusion with cord contact at T9-T10. The dr. ordered him PT/myofascial release. I called a friend that is a PTA and she gave me the name of a therapist that specializes in this treatment. She agreed to see him that very afternoon, though she admitted when I talked to her that she doesn't use it all that often, she understood that he was in a lot of pain. After 2 sessions my husband felt a lot better and he commented that while her hands were cold, he could feel his back get warm during treatment. She put him some kind of chair to stretch out his back, he wasn't crazy about that, but it worked. He also had to do stretching exercises at home. She worked with him a total of 7 times. I can't tell you what a difference it made. He said that she was very gentle and it was never painful. (other than what he was feeling in the first place.) After those sessions he was able to sleep in bed and walkwith some limitations. A year later, he's still afraid and braces his back against the doorjams whenever he has to cough. He does get pain in his back from time to time and uses motrin, but during this whole thing he was taking flexeril (sp) and momentum and sometimes darvocet. My husband is not a candidate for surgery because he is a smoker and overweight and the thought that he would have surgery that opened the abdomen to fix the spine was sickening. Myofascial release was a godsend for my husband.
Hope this helps.