Have you ever got a searing pain across your back for no reason?
Yes you only made one small movement today, and all of a sudden you are in chronic pain, but that small bend was only "The straw that broke the camel's back". What about the car accident you had 4 years ago, the time you sprained your ankle on the football field, and all the times you slouched in the chair, and bent over incorrectly to pick up a pencil or a child.
The list is endless. The problem may be misalignment and deterioration in the joints due to accidents, trauma, combined with years of bad postural habits in sitting, standing and moving.
My name is Mary and I am a practitioner of Rolf Structural Integration at The Posture Studio and I can help.
I look at the whole body as pain in your neck or back pain could be as a result of an injury or problem somewhere else in the body. For example back pain could be as a result of a hip rotation that was due to a fall, or a twisted ankle or a concussion injury from years ago.
Your neck pain may be caused by your fallen arches, if your feet are not balanced they will affect how you walk and stand. Your feet are like the foundations of a house if the foundations of your body are wrong the rood will eventually be affected. How you stand and walk does affect your back, head and neck. These are just some examples of how a problem in one part of your body can have a ripple effect elsewhere.
As the childrens song goes:
The foot bone's connected to the leg bone. The leg bone's connected to the knee bone. The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone. The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone. The hip bone's connected to the backbone. The backbone's connected to the neck bone. Yes it’s not a myth! Our body and fascial system is connected from head to toe, and your toe can affect your neck and visa versa.
Even people with deterioration in the spine can benefit from Structural Integration as easing the stiffness in the tissue around the bone can take the pressure off the damaged area. Then by re-educating bad postural habits, you will move easier and with more grace, helping to prevent the future build-up of pressure in your body. After receiving Structural Integration people report less back pain, improvement in scoliosis, improved posture and appearance and ease of movement in the spine among many other benefits. The picture below shows the potential changes in a person's body after receiving Structural Integration.
Through tissue manipulation and joint movements I work to reposition the body and release the tissue clearing old traumas and injuries and allowing the joints to go back to where they are supposed to be. Trauma in the tissue is cleared as well as retraining bad postural habits. People often ask me why pain has appeared now. But often after taking a detailed history, I see that there can be a large combination of factors from stress, emotional trauma to physical injuries to the chronic pain. Trying to blame one is like falling into a bunch of nettles and then trying to blame one nettle for stinging you.
So do I work with bones, muscles, nerves? The answer is all of them. But I focus on fascia and the nervous system.
The bones, muscles, organ, nerves are held together by connective tissue or fascia. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.
Fascia is designed to be elastic and move freely with muscles and bones. For lots of reasons including injury, stress, work-related repetitive movements and the effects of aging fascia can lose its elasticity and become shorter, tighter, and more dense. Tightened fascia pulls your muscles and skeleton out of proper alignment and posture, which can cause pain, discomfort, and fatigue.
Meanwhile the nerves are caught up in this dense tissue, the fascia literally wraps around the nerves. If the fascia is shorter, tighter and more dense it can put strain on the nerves through out the system. Through direct work on the nerves on a skin level, and on a deeper level, I release the nerves, helping to ease pain and change sensation in the joints.
Many bodyworkers now talk about fascia, so what makes Rolf Structural Integration different? Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue throughout THE WHOLE BODY to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. It is practiced in an organized series of sessions or individual sessions within a framework that is designed to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity.
Here is a testimonial for Mary at The Posture Studio. I have had back pain for years, including a slipped disk. Since going to Mary at The Posture Studio not only has my posture improved, I can stand more comfortably, my shoulders are looser. The pain in my back has improved, it hasn't been as good since before the disc went. Work and everyday life is easier, including bending down to put on boots. Gavin Shannon, Builder for more testimonails click here