Pain & Rehabilitation -
How Linda can Help
Rehabilitation is so much more than just mobility and strength, although these are very important. Rarely do I see a patient and diagnose a frank weakness in a muscle or body part. We need to be able to put our body in the right place, at the right time to give our muscles signals to ‘fire-up’. If not, areas may appear ‘weak’.
Unless you have had an actual trauma where you have sustained an injury the pain you experience does not necessarily correlate with tissue damage. Research has shown that when the general population undergoes an MRI scan, all sorts of wonky spines and disc bulges are found and yet they experience no pain at all. Only about 1-2% of MRI scans of the spine require surgical treatment due to pathology.
Why do people experience pain?
So, why do people experience pain? Well, everybody (or every body) has their own 'reservoir of compensation' and once that reservoir is spilling over pain may be experienced. Stressors that fill up the reservoir include not only tissue state (muscles, joints, discs etc) but also life-stresses; lack of sleep; low mood; lack of exercise, and beliefs and expectations of pain. Our relationship with pain matters.
Many of the people I see have pain for no apparent reason at all. Some can recall the very first time, for example, their 'back-went' in 1990 when they lifted a fridge and ever since they have been plagued with intermittent flare ups of pain that can be debilitating, which come on for no real reason. But here's the thing, the brain remembers and makes little memories to make sure this doesn't happen again. The back of the brain, the cerebellum, makes templates of movement (efficient!) and it actually plays out the movement before you have done it. It is constantly monitoring your environment and without you knowing it, it makes you move and hold yourself differently, causing tension; bracing, which stops the flow of easeful movement and that can cause pain.
As an Osteopath I help people in pain in any body part, not just backs, not just bones as the 'osteo-' in the title implies. I use an array of sensitive hands-on techniques to relax you and loosed you up. I'm particularly interested in chronic pain (which by the way, is when you have had pain for more that 12 weeks) and with my Pilates background I can offer quite a lot. I also know JEMS® (Joanne Elphinston's Movement Systems) and I qualifed as a JEMS® practitioner in June 2022.
What is JEMS®?
So, what is JEMS®? It is a multi-systems approach to guiding people to 'move beautifully'. It can be applied to everyone no matter your background or age. I apply it in my clinic and my Pilates classes. Through its 'Functional Holistic Model' JEMS considers all aspects of why the person is moving the way they do and why the the area that is sore is under more load. There are always reasons! JEMS® teaches us to listen and to observe the big picture and invite the patient to explore new ways of moving and carrying themselves to feel better, stronger, easier, and pain-free. There's always something that can be done. It's so diverse and because of that I'm able to help so many more people in my clinic, people I might have turned away in the past.
Mobility, strength, co-ordination and muscle timing, balance, flexibility, stress levels, general tone, beliefs and expectations are explored. No one of these aspects are more important than another and they all interlink and support each other and, well, movement. It is exciting, it can be emotional, and it can be so simple too.
For more information about how I can help you, please do not hesitate to contact.
Linda is very proud to be a JEMS® practitioner