Chronic pain reduces your patient’s ability to concentrate, to perform well at work or play, to deal with life’s normal ups and downs, and to simply enjoy life. When the cause of your patient’s chronic pain is diagnosed as “idiopathic pain symptoms,” the natural response of your patient is anger and frustration because they have just been told no one can help them because no one knows what is wrong. Anger often turns to depression with a downward spiral in quality of life and relationships at home and at work, which in turn intensifies their experience of pain. Their choice is to either suffer or take drugs to mask the symptoms.
Your patient’s chronic pain is very likely the result of postural distortions collected over the years from a fall here, a sports injury there, a bumper-thumper back when… These events, frequently forgotten because they were often “not a big deal” add up, like drops of water in a bucket. The last drop, causing their “bucket” to overflow into constant pain, can be something minor. Your patient’s distortion pattern is unique to their body and their history. We work to address your patient’s specific problem, not just their symptoms. By restoring your patient’s alignment, and improving their range of motion, your patient can experience less pain and return to the life he or she loves.
Neuromuscular retraining fills a void left by traditional health care that focuses attention primarily on the site of your patient’s pain. This approach succeeds because your patient’s body is approached as a holistic system. By treating the whole body, rather than the area of localized pain, many long-standing problems of unknown cause can be relieved.
Neuromuscular retraining is a marriage of holistic treatment with neurological and physiological laws.
Wolf’s Law states, “Form follows function and function follows form.” This means a distortion in posture (form) often correlates to improper function in the body.
This is why:
- Pain in the feet may originate from standing in a head forward posture.
- Standing in a slouching posture can decrease digestive function.
- A point of referred pain from the neck into the ear can cause balance or hearing problems
What To Expect
Your patient will receive a thorough analysis of his or her structural and biomechanical movement patterns, which identify the soft tissues that are the underlying cause of the chronic pain. A targeted treatment program, specific to those muscles is designed to guide your patient through the five stages of rehabilitation:
- Eliminate muscle spasm
- Restore flexibility
- Restore proper biomechanics
- Increase muscle strength
- Increase muscular endurance
The purpose of this approach is two fold. Eliminate your patient’s pain AND educate your patient in ways to prevent recurrence of the injury. Lasting results depend on your patient’s involvement in his or her own care.
- On your patient’s first visit, distortion patterns are charted and analyzed to create their treatment plan.
- Only the muscles specific to your patient’s distortion pattern are treated. No oils are used.
- Your patient will wear a swimsuit or jogging shorts during treatment as he or she may be asked to stand for reassessment of treatment results several times during the session.
- Your patient’s degree of involvement in his or her healing determines the speed and effectiveness of the treatment. Expect results from your patient’s efforts.
- If your patient’s treatment is covered by insurance, photographs may be taken at the start of each session to maintain an on-going record of the progress of your postural and distortion corrections.
I offer alternatives for relief to those in chronic pain. I’m Diane Hovey and I’ve been complementing mainstream medicine for over 30 years. [contact Diane]