Thursday, 24 April 2014

Working with Pain

Over my 20+ years as a massage therapist I've worked with a wide range of clients who've presented with many different complaints. When it comes down to it though, most people book in for a massage when something hurts or doesn't feel right physically.

Clients in pain in a reoccurring theme I see on a daily basis in my clinic. Helping people feel less pain and more comfortable within their bodies is my daily goal.

"When the primary complaint is pain the treatment on pain should be primary" Barrett Dorko.

Basically, when a client presents with a pain condition, my primary concern and focus is helping the pain diminish and the client feel more comfortable. If I'm able to do that, then invariable the clients own brain and body will deal with the causes and origins of that pain.

I use a simple approach to working with pain.

  • Calm down the nervous system
  • Introduce passive none-threatening movement
  • Look for triggers of the protection mechanism
  • Encourage active non-threatening movement
  • Repeat as necessary

Working in this way we are able to guide your body back to being pain free and comfortable.

I don't use any specific technique or modality, instead I use a combination of all the techniques and touch skills I've learned over the years. We use whatever technique your system and body responds best too. That may include some deeper pressure or some very gentle techniques, maybe a combination of the both, whatever works. Your system is ultimately in charge and we seek to discover what help it needs to return to a pain free state.

When we are working with pain, we're more interested with the nervous system than the muscles, tendons and fascia. The nervous system is how we experience pain. Working to sooth the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves is our objective.