It is fascinating to meet so many people in my clinic, to find out about them as people, not just their pain. By discovering more about them it is possible to identify how they are affected by their pain, what it makes difficult to do. In some cases what their pain prevents.
During my training, one of the key elements was undertaking case studies which were then assessed and formed part of whether you qualifies or not depending on the quality of them. The guidance given on how to do these, was to establish what the pain the client experiences prevents. Well I have learnt since then, and from my clients for the majority of people their pain rarely prevents them doing anything. What does happen though is they develop workarounds, ways of doing what they want to without triggering the pain, and in many cases doing it despite their pain. I have noticed that for many the ability to carry on regardless however much it hurts is prevalent. Is that just because they have a higher pain tolerance? I suspect not.
Many when questioned simply respond they carry on regardless, or they deal with it. The reason they feel this way? Simply put they have no choice. After all what are their options? Will their employers be sympathetic? Will their family do everything that hurts them ? What if they are single, then everything is their job to do, from cleaning to ironing, cooking to driving and so on. Probably not is the answer to each of those. So for many there is just no choice, they solider on, embedding the strains and stresses in their fascial tissue.
The human body is a remarkable construction, as it has the ability to adapt and still work despite the structure not working as designed. It even facilitates the reduction in pain after lengthy periods of moving incorrectly.
By talking to the client and finding out much more about their lives, and what they do, it is often apparent just how much the pain is affecting them, but it also gives a great insight into how they adapt their movements to avoid the pain. From there it is easier to see what is the true area of pain, and what is causing the pain.
That is what a good Bowen Fascial Release Technique therapist does, they listen, they observe and they understand what your body is doing and why.
Isn’t about time you experienced it for yourself.