‘The diagnoses only tells you where inflammation is showing up. It doesn’t tell you why it started.’ (stopchasingpain.com)
It’s your choice
How you choose to deal with your pain is up to you. Bodywork can be an excellent ‘drug free’ way of treating your pain. Combining it with other investigative techniques such as talking therapy or emotional freedom technique can be even more effective. Nutrition, exercise and lifestyle adjustments can also bring about positive changes in relation to your pain. Kay has an excellent network of professionals that she can refer you to should you need further assistance. Please discuss this with her and she will be happy to advise.
‘Pain can be a good thing as it is the body’s way of warning us that there is a problem that needs to be corrected.’
Pain is generally divided into two categories, Acute and Chronic.
Acute pain generally occurs due to an accident, or incident such as surgery, and this can cause potential pain, swelling, inflammation, and decreased range of motion. The general advise for this during the initial stages is to rest, ice, compress and elevate the affected area. Pain that has occurred through no apparent incident or accident can be treated straight away. If you are unsure, please call Kay for a chat and she will advise you of the best course of action.
Chronic Pain can be anything from 6 months to 60 yrs! This type of pain can continue even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed or gone away. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Some people suffer chronic pain even when there is no past injury or apparent body damage. The treatment of Chronic Pain can take one session or several sessions and this all depends on several factors including lifestyle, psychological and emotional distress, thought processes, postural imbalances, repetition and how long the pain condition has taken to evolve. Having said that, just because you have had something for 60 years, it doesn’t mean it will take longer to recover. When the body is ready to heal, it will heal!
The Effects of Chronic Pain
People who have chronic pain can have physical effects that are stressful on the body. These include tense muscles, limited ability to move around, a lack of energy, and appetite changes. Emotional effects of chronic pain include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such a fear might limit a person’s ability to return to their regular work or leisure activities.
The Body-Mind Connection
The Body-Mind connection acknowledges that pain and injury can occur due to our thought process, emotional blocks and limiting beliefs and can play havoc in our body…and certainly if we have emotional pain that is not dealt with it can accumulate as pain and restriction in the body. Our bodies are literally trying to tell us something! Treating the body and the person is the most effective form of pain relief.
“A wise physician said to me, ‘I have been practising medicine for 30 years and I have prescribed many things. But in the long run I have learned that for most of what ails the human creature, the best medicine is love.”
“What if it doesn’t work?” I asked.
“Double the dose,” he replied.
Case Study 1
Jo (38) was suffering from Chronic Sinus Headaches. Pressure and pain were felt around her nose, eyes and head. They were gradually getting worse and had gone from occasional, to having them daily and had little relief from them using over the counter medicine. She did not want to continue using traditional pain relief so she sought the help of Kay.
Kay discussed her symptoms with her and discovered that she was actually feeling pressure in her life and relationships. She was someone who was putting a lot of pressure on herself and lived a lot in her mind. The pressure was literally in her head! When treating Jo, Kay found that she had a lot of tension in her back, neck and shoulders and in particular an area in her back when treated for trigger points, referred pain into the same areas in her head and face. As well as giving her a thorough treatment, Kay gave Jo several home- care techniques to assist with her treatment which included self-trigger point exercises and stretches. Kay also discussed how she could make changes in her life and thought processes to relieve some of the pressure that Jo was feeling. Jo visited Kay for 4 weekly sessions and is now pain free and able to manage her symptoms when and if they arise. She occasionally visits Kay when she needs a ‘top up’.
Case Study 2
Linda (45) was suffering from pain in her right side. She had neck and shoulder pain, lower back and hip pain which sometimes extended down into her right knee. The pain was impacting on her daily life and her training/running.
During her first initial consultation, Kay carried out a postural analysis, she identified that Linda’s left shoulder was sitting much higher than her right causing imbalances in her spine. Her pelvis was tilted to the left, likely from years of carrying children on her hip. She also lacked self-confidence. Linda had regular treatments from Kay to re-align and release tension from the postural imbalances, and was given several tools and techniques to reduce further problems. Linda now sees a Personal Trainer on Kay’s recommendation to improve her core and body strength, which gives her greater confidence in herself and helps to prevent further problems and support her running.
Bodywork can help with a range of conditions. If yours is not listed here, please speak to Kay to find out if she can help you.
- Muscle strain and myofascial pain
- Back pain: including sciatica and on-going pain from herniated disks, facet joint irritation, ankylosing spondylitis, spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
- Piriformis syndrome
- Lordosis, kyphosis and scoliosis
- Chronic neck pain and shoulder pain (including whiplash associated disorder)
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI) and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Shoulder girdle problems: frozen shoulder or generalised shoulder pain and restricted range of motion
- Sporting overuse injuries including achilles tendinosis, ITB syndrome and knee complaints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or fascial pain
- Headaches, migraines and sinus pain
- Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Ongoing pain from old injuries that has not resolved after months or years
- Mysterious pain that is persistent and debilitating but has no diagnosis despite extensive medical tests
- Emotional pain and tension
What do I wear?
Whatever you are comfortable in. During the first session Kay may ask you undress to your underwear, if this is comfortable for you, in order to carry out a visual assessment. This is not mandatory. If you are more comfortable in shorts and a vest top/t-shirt, you are more than welcome to change into them. If you would rather not have a visual assessment at all, this is totally fine and we can work around it. The main thing is that you are comfortable. If you have concerns about the visual assessment please chat to Kay about it during the initial discussion. During the treatment it is usual for you to undress to your underwear, however you will be covered by a towel at all times.
How long is the initial consultation and what does it involve?
The initial consultation lasts about 75 mins. During this initial meeting Kay likes to get a feel for what is really going on. She will investigate your spiritual, emotional and physical well-being and the patterns and processes that have led to your pain condition. This will involve open discussion, but you do not have to talk about anything you do not wish to. This is a safe space for you.
After our initial chat, Kay may ask you for a visual assessment. This will involve undressing to your underwear or whatever you are comfortable with.
A thorough treatment will take place lasting about 45-minutes, depending on your condition. This is another opportunity for Kay to thoroughly assess and gain insight into what is happening for you and the best way to encourage recovery.
Following your treatment Kay may give you some home-care, this will take approximately 15 minutes and will be based around discussion, education and practise. She will take into account your spiritual, emotional, and physical needs and may involve practical, emotional and lifestyle advice.
How quickly should I expect to feel better?
It depends! Everyone is different and at Shore Massage and Bodywork we treat everyone as unique. Some people can expect to feel a change straight away… others do take longer. Changes and improvement in well-being are dependent on a number of factors including lifestyle, stress, emotional and physical factors. Therefore, it depends! Feel free to discuss your unique situation with Kay!
How often do I need to see Kay?
It depends! There is no right or wrong. You may only need to see her once and this may be enough. People need support in different ways so whilst one person may feel the benefit of one treatment alone and encouraged to continue with their home-care, another person may feel the benefit of a regular treatment and support. This can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly, 6 weekly – whatever suits your needs, lifestyle and budget. Together a tailor made treatment plan will be forged.
Will the treatment hurt?
With Sports Massage it isn’t uncommon to feel some sort of ‘uncomfortable’ sensation. This can range from a feeling of discomfort, pressure or pain, however many would describe this as ‘good’ pain. It can feel good to have someone work on the areas that have been causing you so much pain and discomfort. With Myofascial release, due to its nature of ‘stretching’ the fascia with certain techniques, it can feel like a chinese burn or that a finger nail is scratching you, but it can also feel very releasing and satisfying to feel like you are being stretched and released. With the acupuncture needles, you may feel a sharp scratch initially, a hot sensation or a feeling of warmth and relaxation! How you respond to treatment can vary, everyone’s tolerance levels are different, therefore we work within your pain threshold. Kay normally tries to work below your level of 7 out of 10 (10 being extremely painful and not somewhere we want to go!) but we can discuss this at the beginning of your session. Using breathe work can really help to relax you during the session. The more relaxed you are, the more effective the treatment will be and we bear that in mind.
Do I have to talk about emotional stuff, I just want a treatment!
No of course you don’t! Not everyone is comfortable disclosing their life! Kay works with you to find out what it is you want from the session and tailors it to suit you. If you want to lie down for an hour that is not a problem!