Tension builds in the body to protect us from moving in ways that could cause injury or aggravate existing pain. We control pain by limiting movement and altering sensation in the affected areas, this changes how the whole body moves and feels. In addition to injury causing damage to muscle, ligament and connective tissue, our habitual movement patterns, stress, emotional state, diet and lifestyle can also contribute to the experience of pain.
Common Pain Conditions
Scar tissue and adhesions build up in the body following surgery, cuts, bruising, burns and infections. Over time, the habit of the nervous system in compensating for the restricted movement and sensation can cause pain and discomfort, numbness, burning, breathing and digestion problems.
Sciatica is a generalised term for pain associated with the impingement of the sciatic nerve which is a thick bundle of nervous tissue supplying and receiving information from the lower limbs. Common areas of discomfort include the lower back, hip, thigh and leg muscles. It can also contribute to weakness and numbness in the legs.
Rotator Cuff Injuries cause pain and restricted movement through the shoulder. This will often affect the arm and neck and can contribute to weakness as well as the discomfort and pain. Frozen shoulder can be considered as a rotator cuff injury as the same muscles are involved.
Frozen Shoulder is restricted movement in the shoulder with pain or discomfort. Typically moving the arm away from the side of the body is the most difficult movement with frozen shoulder, pain can be present even when not moving.
Headaches and Migraines – Tension headaches, chronic headaches, migraine, shooting pains, numbness tingling and burning sensations.
Back Pain is one of the most common forms of pain to be experienced by most people at some point of their lives. There are many causes and associated conditions including general stiffness in the body, stuck connective tissue, tense muscles, limited abdominal mobility and digestive issues, leg and foot issues and stress.
Repetitive Strain Injuries are well known for hand, wrist and arm pain and sometimes referred to as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis. Tennis and golfer’s elbow, achilles, patella and all forms of tendonitis, even texter’s thumb are considered forms of RSI. These conditions tend to happen when the same movement is repeated many times for a sustained period.
Undiagnosed Chronic Pain is any long term pain which is undiagnosed. Although a Doctor has checked there is no diagnosable illness or known causes, the pain still remains. Given the complexity of the possible sources of pain, clients often seek holistic approaches to find relief.
Jaw Problems & TMJ syndrome are often associated with tension in the jaw caused by a range of factors including dental procedures and stress.
Injuries, muscle strains, tears and pulled muscles can be caused by accident like sporting injuries or falls and by overexertion and fatigue. Touching and moving the muscles in ways that they can release their tension helps them to speed recovery and unstick adhesions caused by the initial healing response. This can sometimes include burning, tingling, numbness and weakness as the layers of connective tissue adhere and stick to each other in places where they need to move more freely. These symptoms often go undiagnosed.
Stress Related Tension and Pain – Stress happens in the body as well as the mind. The body’s first response to stress is to contract, we literally “brace ourselves” into a protective shape so that we can adapt to what we experience. If we hold this tension too tightly or for too long, the natural imbalances that we all have become exaggerated and our minds respond to the ongoing tension in our body by becoming more stressed.