Pain Treatment – Our most popular service! The approach is simple.
· 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. It is essential that treatment of your pain be highly individualized. 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 helping you to discover 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 away from 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.
Your brain and the rest of your nervous system compose about 2% of body weight. That’s not much. They do use about 20% of the oxygen that you breathe. That is a very big deal and makes it important that your therapist spends a good deal of time trying to help your nerves.
Therapy is focused on giving your brain new information that it does not yet have an opinion of. Rather than focusing on the usual input it changes it’s focus of attention. The new input of oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to the nerves causes the nerve to function better and gives positive input to your brain or “neuromatrix.”
All of this works with your system rather that forcing an outside opinion of how you should be. Your body actually decides to stop outputting pain and to calm itself down. This is therapy centered on your brain and nervous system that allows you to change yourself.
You can expect to relax and learn. It is exciting to see the changes that happen when your brain chooses to act differently. This is what massage that focuses on you and your nerves looks like. I look forward to working with you. 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!
Trigger Point Therapy – We have all felt tightened areas that feel like knots in the muscles. I locate these areas and apply gentle pressure. This causes them to relax and your muscles often become much more flexible. People in pain love this work!
Massage Therapy – This is a favorite of many! Oil is applied to the skin and I use long flowing strokes that roll the tension away. Many people just want to relax and this is a great way to do just that! Appropriate draping is always applied. It can be light or deep depending on what your body needs. Many people do this regularly and enjoy the stress relief that it offers. Feel free to specify Swedish, Deep Tissue, or even a Fascial approach. It's all here!
Asian Bodywork – The earliest textbooks on Swedish Massage mention Asian Bodywork. The Asian approach involves a worldview that is unique to those cultures. You may have heard of meridians that carry energy through the body like a river travels through land. In theory this energy has sources in particular areas that are named as body organs. What this means to treatment is that very gentle pressure and relaxing. I primarily use an approach called Touch for Health that integrates eastern and western explanations of the therapy. Changes are often immediate and dramatic. This is NOT the sexual approach that is becoming popular today.