I’ve been thinking a lot about change the last few weeks as I am recovering from hip arthroscopy. Other than […]
Where in the body do you start working with whiplash?” Asked Ida Rolf of some of her students. They answered: the sacrum, the jaw, the arms, the lower back. “Wrong,” she said, “you start working whiplash at the big toe”
Ida Rolf was originally a biochemist, and during 40 years of research she discovered that the bodies internal network of connective tissue (what we call fascia) actively adapts to patterns of use and misuse. She discovered that the steady application of moderate manual pressure (myofascial manipulation or Rolfing as it is now called) could cause dense layers of tissue to melt, transform and stretch. Systematically applied pressure created flexibility, released people from old, rigid postures and improved their body’s segmental alignment with gravity.
The use of heat as a therapeutic modality has been around for centuries. You will have certainly used a hot water bottle to sooth your belly when you had stomach ache. We often naturally turn to heat when we are in pain: e.g. hot baths, hot water bottles, wheat cushions, compresses and jacuzzis. This much can be said for certain about hot stones: they are deeply relaxing, and they enable the massage therapist to work much deeper, improving the outcome for the client. Heat can be used as inexpensive self-care at home (no stones required!). When applied before trigger point work, acupressure and stretching the results can be truly amazing.
Chronic pain is pain that persists long beyond the usual healing time for an injury. Chronic pain can manifest in a multitude of ways including sciatica, pain from herniated discs, whiplash disorder, RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis and golfer’s elbow, frozen shoulder, restricted range of motion in the shoulder joint, sporting overuse injuries such as Achilles tendinitis, rhuematoid and osteoarthritis, TMJ pain, heads/migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic pain can also manifest as mysterious pain which is persistent and debilitating but has no diagnosis, despite extensive medical tests.