IMPROVING MUSCULOSKELETAL HEALTH-INJURY PREVENTION AND HEALING
There are all kinds of Bodywork treatments that are often lumped under the title of Massage Therapy. Massage Therapy, as it is known today, has come to be defined by the spa industry. The words Massage Therapy often has very little to do with the healing treatment of Bodywork. Massage in our society is pretty much implanted in the minds of Americans as a relaxation experience. For some “massage parlor” is their dated point of reference. A whole other discussion.
By the medical world, bodywork is NOT accepted or defined as a step toward healing injuries of the Musculoskeletal System. My experience is that Bodywork is one essential part of a preventing and healing injury. For many, it can be a very important component in avoiding unnecessary medications and future surgeries and other invasive procedures.
The idea that hands on treatment can help heal an injury, alleviate pain and contribute to a greater sense of personal strength and vitality is not, as I mentioned before, part of the medical approach. Understatement! A small percentage of people realize medication does not heal pain. It is not a long term solution. OTC or prescribed medication blocks pain and can enable further injury. This is due to not being able to feel the full impact of our actions. Tylenol and Advil are for short term relief. This is the non- treatment/ treatment plan of many doctors. The basic reasoning is that there are always stronger drugs for deeper numbing. There are surgeries to take care of the damage done. Makes sense, right? In the minds of many it does. At least for the short term.
IF THERE IS LEAK FROM AN OVER FLOWING TUB, GO UPSTAIR AND TURN OFF THE WATER. JUST PATCHING THE CEILING IS NOT GOING TO HELP. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? FIND THE ROOT OF THE PAIN. DON’T JUST MASK THE SYMPTOMS. LIGHTBULB.
Bodywork alone is not the cure. It can be an amazing adjunct to eating well, absorption and elimination of accumulated acids, food based supplements and other forms of healing. Bodywork can, if the injury / pain is dealt with early on, make it possible to stop an acute problem from festering and becoming chronic. Continuing to participate in an activity after serious injury sounds like a form of addiction to that activity. To turn a blind eye to pain over and over again is not healthy. The NFL and many levels of football in this country is one primary example.
Over the counter pain medications are highly acidic, which means hard on the stomach and all other organs, bones and tissues. Worst of all, they are highly addictive. These OTC drugs do not solve the problem and create a dependency with no long term healing outcome. They can only lead to stronger prescription drugs and surgery. Why? As I mentioned previously, they are taken as a way to continue injurious behavior by masking pain. How sensitive each person is to these substances is an accepted unknown by the public and doctors. Concern about addiction is not on the minds of a people in dire pain.
TYPES OF BODYWORK
There are many and it is best to start seeing a practitioner before you have pain and are experiencing discomfort. That is often not the case, so please check out some of my more recent and previous blog posts about healing hip and join pain. I have written about the steps I have taken to promote healing within my body. In the meantime, here is a list of some bodywork treatments, therapies, and practitioners that you might want to look into:
Structural Integration Therapy click here. I was fortunate to have experienced the work of Michael Moschel. Please look at his site. He gives an accurate description of what Structural Integration Therapy can offer. His website can help educate you on what to ask a therapist where you live. If you reside in the NYC, or are willing to travel, he is the real deal.
Shiatsu Therapy – AOBTA click here. The AOBTA has a directory for therapists nationwide and outside the USA on their website. I am a long time member of this organization.
Neuromuscular Therapy click here. I found this directory site through google research. I had NMT throughout the years ago and it was a positive experience.
Chiropractic Alignment combined with bodywork with a knowledgeable DC who understands diet, whole food supplements and other forms of healing can be very helpful. Here is a link to link to Dr. George Cromack click here. I have been successfully treated by him. I appreciate the information he provides, in his book, on how to find a competent DC in your own backyard. Renew Yourself by George Cromack.
Rebirthing Breath Therapy click here. If you are not breathing all this other bodywork is really not going to create long term change. Why? Breathing is a major indicator to all our body systems, especially nervous system. Holding the breath is an indication that something is very wrong. Primarily, that we are in our heads, not in our bodies, or that something is terribly wrong. The resistance for most people, myself included, to conscious breathing is a constant form of fascination and frustration to me. Breathing is the most simple and effective way to relax and and heal.
Acupuncture combined with bodywork can be found. Ask around your community. Heads Up: medical doctors can practice acupuncture with a minimal amount of training. As little as 200 hours. The title MD does not say much about their acupuncture knowledge. LAC’s train for 3-4 years. LAC’s must participate in Continuing Ed. studies in order to maintain thier licensing. Something to know when seeking out acupuncture treatment.
THE UNIQUE HEALING PROGRAM DONNA PESSIN
A quick fix will not provide the rewards of better health. Short or long term. As a postscript 9/2013: Since I first wrote this post I have found The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin. Ms. Pessin has an approach to healing that is straight forward. I have personally found continuous healing of my entire body from her program. Take time to check her out. The UHP has the potential to ease and eliminate pain through healing digestion and elimination issues click here. It is not a quick fix, but it does work.