Archive for July, 2012

Austin Rolfing: Rolfing After Pain Symptoms Go Away

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

You’ve been seeing me for Rolfing sessions and we’ve gotten rid of your pain, so you’re done seeing me right?  Well, maybe not.  Just because you’re not feeling any pain currently doesn’t mean that your body is functioning in a healthy way.  That kind of thinking is like saying that you are perfectly healthy just because you don’t have a cold.  There might be something lurking just underneath your awareness that is causing long term damage to your body.  Something might be off such a small amount that there is no pain involved, but if left unchecked and unresolved over time will wear down your tissue and turn up as serious pain down the road.

 

Part of what makes Rolfing unique is that I’m treating the entire body, not just the area of the body that hurts.  Every part of your body is connected some way or another, so something going on in your foot can cause symptoms to show up in your neck and head.  If we get the pain to go away in your neck and head but never address what’s going on in your feet, your symptoms will eventually come back because we’ve never address the core of the issue.

 

You could also have misalignments or unbalanced areas in your body that don’t cause you pain right now but will do so down the road.  The unbalanced tissue might have absolutely nothing to do with the issue you came to see me for and might not have any symptoms showing up.  However, if we don’t bring the tissue back into balance pain is likely to show up later in your life.

 

Ultimately, I started My Rolfing Practice in Austin, TX because the work is effective at getting people out of pain.  But I want those changes to be permanent.  So, it’s imperative that we bring better alignment back to the entire body and not just chase pain symptoms.  Doing so will help ensure that not only will your current symptoms go away, but you can sidestep future aches and pains as well.  Effectively, keeping your body feeling young and supple.

 

Austin Rolfing: Neck Pain

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Most of us have had a pain in our neck.   No I’m not talking about how our significant others or children are annoying us but rather a sharp pain in our neck that just won’t go away.  Sometimes that pain comes from just sleeping the wrong way for one night and then putting up with the pain for a few days until it goes away.  Sometimes, however the pain seems to come from nowhere and lingers on for weeks, months and even years.  At My Rolfing Practice in Austin, TX there are two important questions that I ask myself when clients come in with this issue.  The first is, “where is the source of the pain coming from” which might be nowhere near where the client feels the pain.  The second is, “how do we put this person’s body in a better position to heal itself and make the pain go away”.

 

When addressing where the pain is coming from, typically there is an imbalance somewhere in the client’s body that is making a nerve get pinched or aggravated in the neck.  Using a myriad of diagnostic techniques, I find the source of the imbalance.  The imbalance can be a musculoskeletal issue, a nerve that has become pinched or entrapped, or even an organ in your abdomen that is irritated and shares a common nerve with one in your neck.  The important part is that we find and treat the source, not just where the symptoms are showing up.

 

After finding the source of the issue and addressing it, the important thing to do next is to figure out how we can keep the issue from coming back.  To do that, we need to decide if the imbalance came from poor body usage in your everyday life, a nutritional issue, or maybe an old injury that the rest of your body is compensating for.  In my Rolfing practice, it’s paramount to discuss how you are using your body and look at your health history to best provide a roadmap at what changes, if any that you need to make in your everyday life to keen your neck pain from coming back.  We need to re-educate your body on how it should hold itself and move.