Updated: Jul 8, 2021
This is the route I’d take:
Consult an Osteopath, Chiropractor or GP
Get a diagnosis inc. scans if appropriate
Carry on working with the Osteo or Chiro if that’s their recommendation
Have you been advised to keep exercising?
Try an Exercise Physiologist
If your issue is due to muscle tension pulling your spine out of alignment rather than a ruptured disc, for example,
Try Somatic Movements, starting with a private class ideally
Chat to me about a one on one appointment – we’ll use your phone to take photos or a video of therapeutic movements drawn up just for you
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ONE ON ONE SOMATIC MOVEMENT APPOINTMENT
An example of the route we’d take if you’ve had lower back pain, pelvic pain or sacroiliac issues
-Calm and alleviate sacroiliac discomfort
-Gently reset and centre the pelvis
-Work towards strengthening and restoring full movement function to the pelvis
Other issues that may be relieved with somatic movements include
Frozen shoulder, headache, poor posture, issues relating to muscle tension, scoliosis, chronic pain, joint degeneration and recurring injuries
RECURRING INJURY or ISSUE SUCH AS CHRONIC HEADACHES
If you find that you have a recurring injury, it may be time to re-educate your nervous system! We rely on our nervous system to inform us how to move – it tells us which muscles to contract and through muscle memory, how to sit, stand, walk, run. We don’t think about how we sit, walk, stand consciously, it’s become a muscle memory. If we’ve unconsciously started to hunch at the desk for example, and sitting slumped becomes a habit, then we’re chronically tightening muscles that would work more efficiently if they weren’t under such strain. Those muscles would be in their original resting position, so you’d be sitting taller, reducing the strain on your neck and jaw, and deepening your breathing.
By using Somatic movements based on the work of Thomas Hanna, we teach the nervous system how to release chronic muscle tension and stand and move in natural, efficient ways so that you aren’t putting yourself in pain or doing damage to your body. The only way to change these deeply learned muscular patterns is to re-educate the nervous system through conscious engagement.
Somatic Movements engage the nervous system in an active learning process that consists of very slow, focused, conscious movements. The movements highlight to the nervous system where you’re holding tension, then teaches you how to release chronic muscle tension. You’ll slowly re-educate your nervous system to control your muscles so that you stand, sit, walk, run and stand more efficiently, taking the strain off your joints and muscles.