People ask me all the time, what is your approach? And how is it different from chiropractic and massage?
Multiple Body Systems
I tell them my system is a Full Body Approach that I developed over the years through 40+ years of clinical, personal & educational experiences . I also tell them that I was going to be an architect before I pursued a career in health and I like to look at the entire body as a structure.
Our body is made up of many different systems including the nervous system, vascular system, lymphatic system and musculoskeletal system.
The musculoskeletal system is, of course, made of muscles and bones which everyone knows, but there is more. The other components of the musculoskeletal includes tendons, ligaments & fascia. The fascia is a thin sheet that surrounds and supports the body. The fascia has been ignored for years by most practitioners.
I also became aware of that everyone responds in their own unique way and accumulation of stress and trauma impacts our life today. Our mind plays a big factor. Past trauma can also be trapped in our cells and body.
For instance, when I was a member of the Olympic Rehab Committee, I treated athletes – they would sprain their ankle and would walk it off, get re-taped and they are back in the game. Where as another person turns their ankle and they are unable to watch and have to be on crutches for 4 to 6 weeks for the same injury. Same injury, completely different reaction.
The next thing I learned was the answer is within. I believe everyone has the awareness within … we are just not hearing, interested, distracted or not asking the right questions.
Taking all of these factors into account I created my full body system. Essentially, what I do is : ask your body what it is having problems doing and if the body would like my assistance. I treat RESTRICTIONS in the body so the body can be fully integrated and all systems can work more efficiently. I also learned that pain is a reaction and not the problem, in most cases.
When the body doesn’t move right, it creates pain and reaction. For instance, in my view, if we don’t use our body properly, we can develop disc protrusions in the back or neck. The traditional approach would be to treat the protruding disc. The full body approach would treat the restrictions which is usually found elsewhere in the body that is putting excessive stress on the low back or neck.
My Full Body Approach
So the full body approach is really treating the restriction/problem that leads to pain and dysfunction in another part of the body. After the restrictions have been freed then the next step is to teach the client how do use their body in a new way. A more efficient, powerful integrated way.
Usually a body doesn’t need to be manipulated or to be forced to do something … I asked the individual body how it wants me to assist it. I never force my will on the body. Some of the techniques can be very gentle and yet powerful, some of the techniques can be a little deeper and having some discomfort. The techniques are determined by the persons body not the persons voice.
I hope that helps explain a little bit about my, “Full Body Approach”.