Today I had laptop ‘on my lap’, and within 30 minutes, my arms and neck just ached. Admittedly, I was sitting on the swing chair on the balcony, trying not to miss out on the gift of some warm sunshine in April . Yet, I did ponder, that if I did this a lot, I would potentially have a pain problem of my own. At this point, my heart went out to all those people who do sit at a desk, for every day, of nearly every week……… stuck in positions that make the body scream.
Not only did I start to ache, I also felt myself stop breathing properly as the ‘drop this thingy’ would not work on the sitebuilder for this very website. So there I was with tension in my gut, head thrust forward, panic and frustration, all taking it’s toll. Just like a lot of people who end up walking into my clinic.
Of course we are all different and are effected differently by situations, but alot of my clients are doing inappropriate things in respect to how they use or overuse their bodies, and that is why they come to me.
Uncomfortable body experiences can need antidotes. For myself, the basics of how to counteract wrong posture, or notice when the tension is kicking in, is what I am trained to do. However, this has taken years of ongoing learning and lots of re-minding. Still, I end up sitting and doing things that could potentially kick off a painful condition.
Some people don’t notice the little sensations that are acting like warning signals. Subsequently, these same signals can turn into very painful alarm bells. At this point it can be beyond the clients scope to go it alone to reverse the pain. Perhaps using painkillers as a next step, may work for a while, but ultimately can cause side effects, as well as end up creating a much bigger problem.
Not to say painkillers are a bad thing, in some instances they are totally appropriate. However, if you continue to mask the pain, and then use the body in a way that aggravates the problem (but it’s numb, so you don’t realise you’re aggravating the problem) again, you end up doing more damage.
I meet many of my clients when they are somewhere along the spectrum of this journey. Some people come the moment they notice ‘a pain signal’, others come when their pain effects their functionality, or has become ‘unbearable pain’.
There are many tactics you can use to tackle ‘the pain game’. However, ultimately if you are nice to your incredibly sophisticated body, it will probably be nice to you.
The treatments I offer are also quite sophisticated, in as much as they are clinically effective, using techniques and protocols that prove themselves again and again. With any new client you can never know how receptive their body will be, or how long a pain condition will take to improve. If they are very fortunate, one session may do it, but don’t hold your breath, because it’s unlikely. However, 1 – 6 sessions, for many conditions will on give you good results. Although in some cases we are looking at rehabilitating a condition that could take far longer. So we keep an open mind and watch the bodys’ signs as it starts to feel ‘nice’ again. Solving the pain along the way…….