“It is better to know something about everything then everything about something” - Blaise Pascal
The application of treatment generates a remedial effect through a number of mechanisms in the body. One of the most important of these mechanisms is the correction of spinal dysfunction. The notion here is a simple one: structural integrity of the musculoskeletal system (and its related structures) results in optimum function of the Central Nervous System (CNS). When this occurs there will be symmetry of ‘tension’ or ‘tone’ on either side of the body. When there is dysfunction of the CNS it will be associated with the development of asymmetrical tensions resulting in pain, discomfort and health problems.
Our approach incorporates precise sensory inputs at key structural points on the body, to bring about symmetrical tension or tone and therefore encourages the body to self-regulate.
There are a number of structures (muscles, nerves, connective tissues) that treatment addresses in the body but the most common of these is the connective tissue called fascia.
Fascia comes from Latin and means band or bandage. It is a type of connective tissue which is found everywhere in the body and can take on many different forms. It wraps itself around individual muscle fibres, whole muscles and holds groups of muscles together. It forms the tendons and ligaments and surrounds and supports internal organs, blood vessels and nerves. It also forms the meninges around the brain and spinal cord. We place a special emphasis on correcting any restricton or dysfunction in the dura-mater (the outer protective layer of fasica of the spinal cord and brain) or what Traditional Chinese Medicine refers to as the governing vessel.
Because of the common distribution throughout the body of fascia, our treatment approach not only addresses musculoskeletal problems but can also address physiological problems that relate to the systems of the body.
Treatment makes use of rolling movements of varying depth and pressure on the body. The speed and pressures of moves affect different mechanoreceptors (Golgi organ, Paccini, Ruffini, interstitials, muscle spindles) in the connective tissue of the body, creating sensory information for the Central Nervous System to act upon.
Something unique to the work is the use of a therapeutic pause to allow the process of interoception, whereby we allow the CNS to become sensitive to stimuli originating from inside the body. Sometimes this stimuli awareness is conscious and sometimes sub-conscious.
Some of the health concerns that we may be able to help with include:
- back pain and sciatica
- digestive and bowel problems
- earache and TMJ problems
- migraines and headaches
- hip, knee, ankle and foot problems
- menstrual and hormonal problems
- neck and shoulder problems
- groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
- respiratory and asthma problems
- carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
- sports injuries
- fertility and pregnancy problems
- paediatric problems
- stress and fatigue.