Thursday, November 05, 2009The Assessment
During a traditional massage session silence is golden. However, in pain management settings, history-gathering via subtle ongoing conversations frequently produces sudden intuitive insights that might prove instrumental in your recovery. Caring therapeutic touch not only forms a bond of trust, but often triggers important suppressed memories. Clients may have forgotten key information or be unable to verbalize until the therapist begins the palpating and deep tissue assessing. The more you feel your therapist is emotionally committed to helping solve your ailments, the greater the chances unconsciously blocked information concerning a past injury or stressful incident might resurface.
Body-listening is an art form that, when perfected, clearly guides the therapeutic intent of your therapist. Therapist's hands palpate for many different things. Where one therapist might focus on a clients aberrant postural patterns, another might be palpating respiratory, cranial or visceral rhythms. Practitioners of myoskeletal bodywork adds another dimension by imagining the shifting skeletal architecture as specific deep-tissue structural techniques are applied.
The complex neuromyofascial network is the first to exhibit change, and also the first to show dysfunction. Beginning with superficial structures, the therapist's fingers, elbows and fists slowly engage the body's marvelous myofascial web. This neurologic, electrically charged connective tissue matrix is continuous throughout the body. Fascia is not just the gross outer covering of muscles and organs; it's also prevalent in muscles and organs covering every muscle unit and organ part ultimately impacting the contour of the human body.
Since the myofascial system is composed of dense, regular connective tissues, it falls into a histological category that includes ligaments, tendons, fasciae and aponeuroses (attachment point to bone). Its makeup consists of collagen fibrils, fibroblasts and elastic fibrils. Fascia both wraps and compartmentalizes the body, the extremities and the muscles via a living web, enveloping the enire physical structure.
The therapist's goal is to bring the balance to muscles and other connective tissues to improve posturally related pain conditions. This leads to a more efficient self-regulating, self correcting, more adaptive human being. Establishing proper postural balance, smoother locomotion during gait, and energy efficiency throughout the entire neuromyofascial system.
When living in an over stimulated society filled with cultural pratfalls such as job-related sitting, stressful workplaces, divorces, dysfunctional peer-pressured children, and other family matters, its essential that individuals be put on a regular maintenance schedule much like we do automobiles, and medical exams.
Therapists specializing in pain management require adequate session time to filter the results of the client's history, and physical findings. Sometimes it took years for your body become bent sideways or forward. It is a long process retraining muscles, joints and connective tissue to stop pulling your body out of alignment.
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