It’s no secret that the best way to beat pain is by listening to it! Your starting pistol to the finish line is the client’s story.
Could their pain stem from a fall on the coccyx? A head trauma? Having a tooth removed? A scar from a past surgery? A motor vehicle accident sustained 10+ years ago? Emotional and childhood traumas? (pssst…. The Why
Regardless of the time frame of onset, the body will always remember the events and the consequences through your physical appearance i.e. posture and current movement habits that cruise below your consciousness.
In a nutshell, your body is an interconnected organism, an ecosystem of processes that move through systems and thus chains working together to maintain harmony. A kink in one is a clunk in the other. Moving our body even in the simplest way is an amazingly complex process involving our many nerves, muscles, bones, joints and soft tissues (skin, ligaments, tendons and fascia). All of this is orchestrated by the conductor, the brain, which during a simple task can use several billion of its neurons acting in a complex, interconnected fashion. It can conduct, control and refine many processes and movement symphonies simultaneously, such as the constant cellular changes that happen in our body. This allows us to function beautifully at our most efficient and optimal level. The body’s conductor even has contact to our outside world via our skin. Our skin has many layers and is connected to our nervous system, it connects every region in our body even our internal organs and is in a continuous exchange of information. Any traumatic events such as an accident or surgery can disturb our body wide web and interfere with our body’s messaging network from our many receptors. Any interference with the information received alters the brain’s ability to connect with different parts of the body, causing faulty movement patterns, compensations and potential pain. The clunk from the kink.
To enhance an ecosystem, we must embrace its processes, its community and thus its response. Hence why, dedicating time to getting to know the sufferer is where the source lies. The story is the harbour where the source sails, pay attention to it as your client speaks, as your client moves from one thought to the other, facial expressions often give away emotional connections to the statements expressed, subtle bodily ticks and movement from your movement assessment may present where compensation lives. There lies a potential target, the location of the previous injury or trauma. Every piece of information given is a precursor to the next information shared, where all thoughts connect like a chain, same as how all limbs connect via tissue. In order to determine the Why, don’t sit there and listen to the What because the Why is much deeper than that. Knowing the human behind the structure is much more powerful in all kinds of therapy.
So listen not only with your ears, but also with your other senses to bring about the best in yourself and your client. At the end of the day, therapy is a mutual journey, when you help others succeed, you succeed and that is where idealism resides. That is how I personally approach the journey I am about to embark with the person who seeks my help.
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