· Calm down the nervous system and begin moving.
· Look for the things that keep the nervous system on alert.
· Start to move in non painful ways.
This is what your body needs and wants.
Don’t look for or expect a specific technique. That is not what pain treatment is about. Your nervous system gets to decide what works and there is no one size fits all technique. Instead – I listen to your story. That helps me decide what approach I might take. My technique varies based on your response. This is all about what your nervous system needs.
Why this approach? This approach is taken because of how modern pain science tells us your body reacts. When your brain senses that danger is afoot it often creates pain. This is a message that your body uses tell you to Withdraw from the pain. This is like hitting your thumb with a hammer. Your response is immediate. You just can’t help it. You pull your thumb away. Then you Protect it. You hold it to keep it safe. This is where most people are at when they come in for treatment. Their muscles pull them into a protective cocoon. This tightening up protects us but tends to keep the blood that carries important “stuff” like oxygen and food to your nerves. Therapy aims to take you toward Resolution. In this phase you begin to move, the nerves get their nutrients, oxygen and other needed chemicals. Most importantly, your brain doesn’t sense a threat and tells the body to relax. It stops – you get relief.
I recommend wearing a tee shirt and running shorts to treatment. This gives me access to skin if I need it. Most importantly – you get to be comfortable!
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