My most effective sessions treating clients presenting with stubborn problems like frozen shoulder, plantarfasciitis, or carpal tunnel, for example, include modalities, focusing on structural evaluation and clinical massage & bodywork, relaxing, softening and lengthening muscles to balance the relevant soft tissue around a joint, and pertinent corrective muscle stretching and strengthening techniques to maintain the muscle balance and joint alignment for pain free status, usually resulting in pain relief and increased range of motion, .
The power of touch is also a major ingredient of this holistic treatment. Massage therapists are individuals and most of our work tends to be eclectic—not cast from a single mold. Even therapists, who have been trained identically, add their own intuitive style and personality to their craft, imparting an effective personalized hands-on signature for a positive outcome. At the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute,Tiffany Field, PhD, says, The healing power of touch extends across the life span, from helping babies grow and children concentrate at school to decreasing chronic illness and disease. Therapeutic massage & bodywork can be much more than an indulgence.The most mysterious and powerful of all human interactions—touch. Dr. Ken Dychtwald
Clients are generally unaware of the power of intention, and how much it can influence their treatment—positively or negatively. When a person believes that they can improve their condition, chance of recovery is tenfold, as compared with one who has been so conditioned to their pain and body dysfunction that they don’t believe it’s possible to get better. Belief that your body is in the process of healing, and that you don’t have to live with your pain any longer, is a powerful ingredient for healing that you bring to the table. You are most likely a part of the 97% majority of chronic pain sufferers whose primary problem is soft tissue dysfunction that can be resolved if you believe it can, seek professional help, and are motivated to follow through with home self-care. In fact, your belief and motivation is more important than any type of treatment you receive. Scientific research by Candice Pert, PhD, Molecules of Emotion, has proved that our thoughts can actually change pain.
Not only is the human nervous system capable of becoming aware of the information and energy of its own quantum field, but because human consciousness is infinitely flexible through this wonderful nervous system, you are able to consciously change the informational content that gives rise to your physical body. You can consciously change the energy and informational content of your own quantum mechanical body, and therefore influence the energy and informational content of your extended body—your environment, your world, and cause things to manifest in it. Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Occasionally a client will being in their physician’s diagnosis and x-rays, asking for my opinion, not being aware that diagnosis or medical opinions are way beyond my scope of practice as a therapeutic bodyworker. Their lengthy esoteric medical diagnosis for low back pain, for example, that could have just as well been written in a foreign language, dashes hopes for many clients of ever living a symptom free life again, making it difficult for them to believe that relief could possibly be achieved simply by treating several crucial muscles contributing to the pain, or simply by resolving muscular imbalance in the pelvis, and on either side of the spine.
Oftentimes a simple approach to a seemingly difficult problem is the best solution. It’s possible a session or two by a structurally trained massage therapist/bodyworker can effectively resolve a stubborn problem, and profoundly affect the quality of life of a person who has been conditioned for years to accept their painful existence. However, some of them discount a simple soft tissue approach because they don’t believe it could possibly produce a positive outcome for their condition, which they think is special and unique, and much too complicated for a simple approach. Unfortunately too many decide to live with their status quo.