It is an understatement to say that most people in the industrialized world live a stressful life. One article from UW Today states,
"Low-back pain continues to impose a huge burden on industrialized societies, in terms of symptoms, medical costs, productivity, and work absence. Annual costs related to back pain in the United States alone may run as high as $100 billion per year."
By the time most people come to see me they've spent a minimum of $1000 in their attempt to cure their pain. Medical copays, personal trainers, months of physical therapy, special exercise equipment, pillows, and pain-relief gadgets can add up. There are myriad treatments as well that attempt to "fix" back pain, and many clients who come for Hanna Somatics sessions have already spent weeks (and often years) doing them in their search for relief from muscle pain and tension: massage therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, physical therapy, laser therapy, acupuncture, MRIs, X-rays, medication, to name a few...
Why don't these therapies and popular methods of pain relief work for the long term?
Doctors and therapists who perform these methods approach the problem as a medical pathology. Muscle pain and dysfunction isn't a medical problem, but a functional problem. There is no doubt that poor muscle function can cause structural issues; an uneven gait or limp can cause hip damage. However, preventing structural issues in the first place is of paramount importance. But many doctors don't know how to effectively address muscle and joint pain and postural problems.
So how can I relive my pain for the long term?
The only effective approach to sciatica, piriformis syndrome, low back pain, poor posture, scoliosis, shoulder and hip pain, herniated disks, decreased flexibility, and joint pain (to name a few) is, in most cases, to improve the function of the sensory motor system so that the entire musculoskeletal system functions optimally. This is a functional approach to a functional problem.
To improve the function of the sensory motor system, it is essential to address the root of the dysfunction: Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA).
Muscles move bones and the brain controls the muscles. If muscles are pulling and pushing on bones and nerves, causing tingling and pain ("entrapment"), there is a reason for it: there is something that you are doing to cause your muscles to contract and stay contracted. Any reflexive response to stress will become habituated in the muscles. That means your muscles will become "frozen" and "stuck." Tight muscles cause pain. Relaxed muscles relieve pain and allow our bones and structure to become balanced again. No doctor or therapy can fix your crooked posture, tight buttock or rounded shoulders. Only you can.
Hanna Somatic Education will give you the tools to address your SMA and to correct it in the future... for the rest of your life.